The lights are on
When the idea of a "Steambox" was first floated, the first look we got at one was from a company called Xi3. Its device, the "Piston," is designed to take advantage of Steam Big Screen mode and put PC gaming in the living room. Today we know when those devices will be available.The Piston, which was announced earlier this year, is available on November 29, 2013, and it comes pre-loaded with unspecified games. It has a quad-core x86 processor (manufacturer undisclosed) and support 4K-resolution. Many of the other details aren't immediately available, though we found that the device sports 8 GB RAM, a 3.2 GHz processor, and a 128 GB solid state drive. The price for this unit, which does not seem to have any configuration options, is $999.After even more digging, we found that the graphics processor in the Piston is a Radeon 7000 series (released in late 2011). There is no comprehensive spec sheet or benchmarks. You can read more at Xi3's website.[Source: Xi3]Our TakeBuyer beware. We know very little about the Piston, and without detailed information about the components and the benchmarks, purchasing one is a risky proposition. Also of note is the $1,000 price tag. We've wondered what a living-room friendly Steam device might cost, and this fits squarely in my own expected range ($800 - $1,200). We still don't know what Valve is targeting for their own Steam Machines announced last week.This isn't the affordable entry PC people were hoping for, at least those who were hoping for something to challenge consoles for living room dominance. I'll reserve final judgement until the full specifications are revealed, but frankly, that should have been part of the press release.
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Way too expensive. Can't imagine anyone paying the price for it.
Doesn't they relize you have to take a loss on the system... n profit from the games? 1000 bucks ... no ty
I love the asthetic and design of this thing but I wish they could get better specs out of it especially at 1,000 bucks, the processor seems pretty could but all we know is that it's 3.2GHz, what about the cache and all that? And the storage? are you kidding me?? only 128gigs????? I mean i get that it is a solid state drive but ***!!! this things is going to get a *** ton of games downloaded to it!
my guess is its the solid state drive bumping the cost up otherwise i would say overpriced
For those who are mainly focused on graphics, you can assemble a PC with better specs for the same cost.
For those who are into console gaming, the Xbox One & PS4 offer a great experience and great games for half the cost.
There is no market for this thing!!!
Not upgradable PC for $1000? No, thanks. You can easily buy both next generation consoles for that price which will keep you busy for years without any further payments.
Hmm too much money to just throw down into something that nobody knows how it will play out..... steam machine i shall just wait for your loveliness and pre-order you when i know your bout to be birthed in this world.
The only thing this device brings to the table is a convenient size and design. That being the case, I'd pay $400 for it considering it's running graphics hardware from almost 2 years ago (which really means 4-5 years ago) and only a 128GB HD - solid state or not, it's not clear that it can be replaced, which means this thing may have even been designed to be disposable.
I am amazed at this. You can get better desktops for less than this and even laptops that are equivalent to this and still save at least 100 bucks. This seems to be a shoddy competitor to the consoles coming out at half of the cost of this game. My desktop PC cost me 1000 2+ years ago and wipes the floor with this machine.
Mike, you noted "no configuration options," are you excluding the storage space options as "not being configuration options," or did you overlook them?
Because one of those options brings the price of the Piston to $1750.
$999! well dang!