Xi3′s Piston “Steam Box” available for pre-order at SXSW

Saturday, 9th March 2013 14:46 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Piston, Xi3′s Valve-backed micro PC expected to be the first of a number of Steam boxes, will be available for pre-order at SXSW.

Attendees who pre-order will receive $100 off the price of $999.99. The firm is offering pre-orders early due to potentially high demands.

“Given the amount of awards, media attention and gamer interest the Piston console has generated since it was unveiled at CES 2013 in January, we’ve become seriously concerned that we will not be able to meet the demand for Piston consoles this year,” Xi3 founder, president and CEO Jason Sullivan said in the press release.

“That’s why we have decided to begin accepting pre-orders on our Piston console, beginning today with the start of the SXSW Gaming Expo. Attendees will also get the benefit of being the first to see the Piston Console in action. We believe there is a crying need for a machine that captures the best of both worlds, with the upgradeability of computer gaming rigs and the design and form factor of consoles.

“We believe our Piston Consoles do exactly that—deliver the beauty and small size of consoles with the upgradeability of computers.”

Piston is slated for the holiday shopping season this year.

Via Polygon.



  1. Pytox

    I wonder if it can run games on full hd resolution , I haven’t seen any footage of that yet

    #1 2 years ago
  2. mkotechno

    $1000 ??? I hope it can make sandwiches…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Cobra951

    No need for this thing at that price. You can get a decent PC of your choice in that range.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ps3fanboy

    1000 dollars??? LOL.. sorry valve but this will fail hard. ps4/x720 will have a price tag between 350-450 dollars, and do everything your media box will do but half the price.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Diingo

    Guys, this isn’t Valve’s official Steambox console. Also remember that there are 3 tiers of Steamboxes – Good, Better, and Best. It’s very well possible what you’re seeing there is a top tier console.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Megatron

    This has nothing to do with Steambox.
    the title is misleading.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Stephany Nunneley

    @5 & @6

    Per Polygon: “Piston, hardware maker Xi3′s codenamed “Steam Box” modular computer.”

    Previous reports state:

    “the new product has been codenamed “Piston”, and is designed specifically for Steam and its Big Picture mode, with Xi3 making specific reference to home use as well as LAN parties.”

    “a modular computer designed for Steam and the big screen TV in your living room – a “Steambox”, in other words.”


    So which is it – I am getting confused – not “misleading” :S

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DSB

    It’s “a Steambox”, but it’s not THE Steambox.

    I think there’s a difference there, but I don’t think you can really be blamed for going with it. One is used as a general description for a third party product, the other is Valves specific, first party offering.

    Arguably the one everybody’s waiting for is the latter.

    Valve would’ve been better off establishing the difference a lot sooner, for sure.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Stephany Nunneley

    @8 Thank you for clarifying it for me xxoo

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Talkar

    Can anyone explain to me what the difference between a SteamBox and a PC hooked up with a controller and remote control is? I really can’t find any solid on the issue…

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Mike W

    That’s pretty expensive. So how much is “the” Steambox going to be?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Edo

    Good luck with that pricing.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. OrbitMonkey

    What a revelation!! Pc gaming at the price of pc gaming!!


    #13 2 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight


    There isn’t a difference. They are trying to sell to those that want convenience like a console would give but those that have their own gaming PC wouldn’t bother with this “Steambox”.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Talkar

    Right then, now i don’t know who they’re targetting at all xD Those that want more powerfull machines than consoles already have a PC. Those that don’t already have a console. And the consoles are cheaper than the steambox. I’m really confused by this x)

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    @11 No one has any idea, but I believe Newell said it was supposed to be either cheaper or same as the leading consoles.

    It’s safe to say that they still have everything left to prove.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Phoenixblight


    This is just one of the variations of the SteamBox. This one in particular is a third party that made a “SteamBox” Valve has one internally being made.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. BrutalZen

    Okay, so this is a small-sized pc that plays steam games. Dunno, somehow this sounds not ‘new’ to me. O wait… PC’s can do that already AND you can even switch different parts within such a computer to up- or (if you wish) downgrade it to your liking.

    But it sure looks the part. I’ll give them that.

    #18 2 years ago

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