Xi3 teases more information for Piston console

Saturday, 28th September 2013 22:30 GMT By Catherine Cai

Xi3 has teased that more plans are coming for its Piston console. You know, the one that’s supposedly a “SteamBox.”

You might remember the Xi3 Piston from CES 2013, back in March. Xi3 pulled the covers back on its ultra sleek box, declaring the company to be one of the many partners teaming up with Valve on the SteamBox (now known as the Steam Machine). After some awkward back and forth between Valve denying Xi3′s involvement with Steam Machines and Xi3 insisting that the Piston was indeed a Steam Machine, it was finally clarified that the Piston, indeed, had nothing to do with the Steam Machine. Essentially, it seems like Valve may have worked with Xi3 on some initial designs for the Steam Machine and Xi3 was talking up the Piston to increase hype.

In any case, the main page of Xi3′s website shows that it may have more news for the Piston. “The wait is over,” it reads, with an image of the Pison and a countdown below it. The wait is over for what? Maybe Xi3 will have some involvement with Valve’s Steam Machine this time around.

Thanks, Polygon.



  1. Erthazus

    Steam machines are coming in FULL FORCE.

    #1 12 months ago
  2. Diingo

    It’s happening!!!!

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Pytox

    MS is watching that it’s happening !!!

    #3 12 months ago
  4. Catherine Cai

    @2 & 3: Keep in mind that this may turn out to NOT be related with the Steam Machine at all.

    #4 12 months ago
  5. wildBoar

    Isn’t this the thing that had some ridicilous price point? I believe it was like 1k.. And what’s the point of this thing even? Calling it ‘the piston’ makes it seem like they want to associate with Valve’s products as much as possible. A bit tryhardy.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. DSB

    Yeah, it’s a little luxury box for people who like a micro tower and are willing to pay. And if I remember correctly you can string more of them together for extra performance, so it’s a versatile toy for a small number of especially rich geeks.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. sebastien rivas

    Maybe that is why Steam Valve deny their involvement with Xi3.

    I just saw the price and wowwww, no matter how good Xi is at explaining and making points, Xi shan’t make me swallow the cool aid.

    Beside I would be Steam, I would take control of the dam hardware sells and configs, there is no way anyone is going to jump into Xi bandwagon

    #7 12 months ago
  8. TheWulf

    For those that followed the story, it’s essentially that Valve were prototyping some stuff with Xi3 to get a feel for the hardware. Then Xi3 pretty much went ahead with their most refined prototype and released it as a Steambox/Steam Machine. Valve was a little displeased by this, so they distanced themselves from Xi3 in a big way.

    So I’m a little wary of Xi3, now.

    #8 12 months ago
  9. DSB

    @7 I’m 90% sure that that was the case. Nothing about the way Xi3 have marketed it, at least since the initial confusion, has suggested that it’s in line with what Valve said they wanted a Steam Machine to be.

    @8 That would depend on your definition of a Steam Machine. If Steam Machine merely means “small PC” then sure, but Xi3 were pretty clear that theirs was a Windows box.

    “Contrary to Valve’s vision, Xi3 believes that the way to take this to market today is to do so with a Windows OS at the core”

    #9 12 months ago
  10. smoke.tetsu

    There’s nothing stopping anyone from installing SteamOS or them giving an option to have it preinstalled rather than Windows. But yeah, their original vision was to have Windows on there with their own custom UI for launching games.

    #10 12 months ago
  11. sebastien rivas

    Yeah, I get a clearer picture of the situation, thanks guys!

    Though to Steam/Valve, that is why you get NDAs in place so this kind of thrilling exposure but also confusing exposure does not get out of hand. What are you going to do now?!?!
    I mean Xi price tag is the most confusing so far so beware it does not get out of hand!

    Also the spec of the machine while can be adjusted at will may not be thoroughly in line with Steam/Valve vision or ambition for pre-made machines?

    #11 12 months ago
  12. Darksider123

    Finally something to get excited about!

    #12 12 months ago
  13. LOLshock94


    X1> Piston


    #13 12 months ago

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