Xi3 Piston due in November, priced from $999

Monday, 30th September 2013 23:34 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Xi3 has detailed its Piston Steam box, which launches in November, giving tech specs, a price and future-proofing options.

The console-like PC comes with a 3.2 GHz AMD Trinity Processor, 8GB of RAM and an 128GB SSD. It can be upgraded to hold two 512GB mSATA SSDs for a total of 1TB. In the future, it will be upgradable with new I/O boards.

It natively supports triple monitors thanks to 384 graphics cores – a Radeon 7000-Series GPU.

It comes preloaded with a few games, and supports a variety of controllers so you can choose whether to play on the couch or at your desk. Xi3 is pretty pleased with the energy consumption levels, which it boasts are lower than household lightbulbs, and won’t cause overheating.

Due on November 29, it’s just 4″ long on each side and will cost you $999.

More details are available on the Piston’s product page.

Piston is unrelated to Valve’s own Steambox, which will go into beta soon.



  1. Crapgamer

    Well I guess they beat out Sony’s infamous $599 price tag…lol Consoles can sleep well at night knowing that this thing isn’t going to be in competition with much of anything…lol

    #1 1 year ago
  2. BrokenIcarus

    384 shaders?
    That’s an HD 7730, which is the cheapest GCN GPU you can buy. Paired with an outdated massively downclocked Trinity APU. Baffling how this is supposed to cost 1000$. You could get the APU + GPU for about 160$. I have absolutely no clue where 1000$ is coming from. Even the 128 SSD couldn’t have cost them that much. This thing is like a quarter as powerful as the next-gen consoles and costs at least double the price.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Camfak

    Only COMPLETE idiots will buy this.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. DSB

    I don’t get why anyone would buy that instead of a laptop.

    I remember them pushing the home automation and home theater aspects earlier, and maybe there’s a market for that, but that just brings me back to “toy for rich folks and dedicated geeks”.

    It just seems ultra niche to me.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. m2stech

    Pretty sure I can assemble a much better HTPC for around $500, just have to install the SteamOS on it.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Diingo

    If these Steamboxes want to attract attention they they’ll need to sell around the same price as a next gen console. The Piston is giving the Steambox a bad reputation.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Erthazus

    Overpriced as F.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Moonwalker1982

    I really wonder for what audience this is meant.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. DarkElfa

    The Xi3 Piston: Give us your cash and get pist-on today…

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Hcw87

    So this thing isn’t even as powerful as the next gen consoles? What the hell are they thinking?

    #10 1 year ago
  11. dizzygear

    @4 Same thing i’m wondering. You can get a laptop with an Hashwell i7 that runs circles around this crappy AMD CPU for that money.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. TheWulf


    It was never meant to be. I’m not sure where you got that idea, to be honest? Probably misinformation, which seems to be rife regarding Xi3′s stuff.

    It’s Valve’s Steam Machine project that’s supposed to provide a living room paradigm shift — something they’ve still got tightly under wraps.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. TheWulf


    Or an even better desktop with replaceable components, so you won’t have to replace your entire computer every time you need to upgrade. And that doesn’t even take into account how much better the hardware of a similarly priced desktop would be.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Lounds

    That CPU is lame, it’s equal to a Q6600 in power which is 7 years old!

    #14 1 year ago
  15. fearmonkey

    Well, I doub’t anyone buys this for that price when they can get a decent laptop that would probably outperform it.

    I thought $500 would be pushing it for a device like this, but twice that…no way..

    It’s really cool it’s so small and tiny but I just don’t see it taking the market by storm.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. sebastien rivas

    I can make a steambox ready for half that price and outperform your box by a decent margin, what is the point Xi?

    #16 1 year ago
  17. dkpunk

    The power of teh steambox for a measly rack. Can’t beat that!

    #17 1 year ago
  18. _LarZen_

    When Piston ships it wont have Steam OS installed, the Steam controller wont come with it. And the hardware and price is horrendous….

    I cant see this modular computer sell allot…

    #18 1 year ago
  19. pcbros

    This is just a PC in a tiny box. For that price just buy a prebuilt gaming machine.

    But I recommend people wait for the Steam Machines and see how it compares.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Riseer

    A lot of money,for a device that isn’t no more powerful then a Ps4 or Xbox one for that matter.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Gekidami

    What exactly do you think the Steamboxes are going to be? Valve have already said they arent making hardware themselves, they’ve just getting other manufacturers to make several mini PC’s for them. Mini PC’s like this one.

    If you’re expecting console prices you’ve got another thing coming, Steamboxes arent consoles, tyey’re going to be PC’s with average PC components. This is the reality of your beloved “PC console”.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. pcbros

    @21 – Just becaue they don’t manufacture them, doesn’t mean it will not have custom parts. They are working closely with nvidia, so who knows what comes out of that.

    I guess we will just have to wait and see.

    In the meantime, no need to worry, I’m sure your beloved consoles will be ok. We all know closed platforms > open platforms :P

    If this was just a PC in a smaller box, Microsoft wouldn’t be watching them with so much interest… just saying.

    #22 1 year ago

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