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Post by Dan @ 12:06pm 13/03/13 | 5 Comments
The reveal 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.



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Trauma
Posted 01:52pm 13/3/13
Sergey Titov make this thing?
GarnGit
Posted 03:18pm 13/3/13
Sergey Titov make this thing?


I chuckled!!
WirlWind
Posted 04:59pm 13/3/13
Kind of expected valve to be like "Hell nah, we aren't with those guys" after all the negative press this thing has been getting after people started looking at benchmarks for the hardware inside it.

Basically, this thing would run games worse than a $400 PC or my $800 laptop.
skythra
Posted 06:48pm 13/3/13
Kind of expected valve to be like "Hell nah, we aren't with those guys" after all the negative press this thing has been getting after people started looking at benchmarks for the hardware inside it.Basically, this thing would run games worse than a $400 PC or my $800 laptop.

yes, although it's size is comparable than the power supply for either... making your point a little moot. a 500 dollar laptop plays some games better than a 600 dollar phone for example, but comparing the two would be a bit off base.
WirlWind
Posted 08:12pm 13/3/13
The sole purpose of this is to play games on a TV.

Compare this with a slightly larger, but still small enough to be console sized micro PC of the same cost and the performance is probably worse than said $600 phone.

There's a point where smaller is a selling point, but not if it's half as small but only with 1/5th of the performance for the same price. Then it just becomes something to say "ooh, look at this" and isn't practical (aka a gimmick!).

This compared to an xbox 360 sized PC is no contest. It's not like comparing a phone and a laptop, as they're designed to do different things. A phone needs to be small to fit into your pocket to be, y'know, a phone.

If you want to play PC games, you don't buy a phone, you buy a PC. Why buy a PC that is smaller than it needs to be and can't play anything with decent frames when you can just get one slightly larger that will run EVERYTHING at a playable framerate.
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