of PC hardware manufacturer Xi3's $US1000 pricing for its modular and compact Piston console came as a disappointment to most enthusiasts hanging out for a so-called "steam box" device --a PC custom-built for playing Steam PC games on a television set. Notably absent was any sign of the custom Linux OS that Valve's Gabe Newell had been hinting at, with only a rudimentary custom Windows 7 GUI shown to help players navigate their PC on the TV.
When the device was first disclosed to press at the CES 2013 event in January, it was reported that Valve Software had some manner of financial backing in the progress, leading many to presume it would be some manner of flagship for a line of Steam-trailered PCs.
However, according to a report on Eurogamer
, Valve has finally clarified their stance on the Piston, with Doug Lombardi confirming they are no longer affiliated with the manufacturer:
"Valve began some exploratory work with Xi3 last year, but currently has no involvement in any product of theirs," he said.
Valve has yet to make any formal announcements on their hardware plans, with bits and pieces having only trickled out via interviews and talks on their general philosophies, which has led to much conjecture in the games media.