Xi3′s “Piston” Steambox Prices Start At $1,000 [Update]

By Ishaan . March 9, 2013 . 2:30pm

Little is known of Valve’s own “Steambox,” which is currently in development, but another company releasing a similar product with Valve’s support is the Xi3 Corporation. They’re working on something called the “Piston”.

 

Xi3 revealed the Piston earlier in the year, describing it as a “computer game system” that’s optimized to support Steam and its Big Picture mode interface for high-definition televisions. While the image above doesn’t show it, the Piston is “grapefruit-sized” according to Xi3, and now we know how much it’s going to cost.

 

The Piston is available for pre-order from Xi3’s website (thanks, Polygon) and comes in three configurations—a standard model with a 128GB SSD internal hard drive, a second model with a 256GB SSD internal hard drive, and a third with a 512GB SSD internal hard drive. Here’s how the three models are priced:

 

Standard: Internal 128GB SSD – $1,000

Add $340: Internal 256GB SSD – $1,340

Add $750: Internal 512GB SSD – $1,750

 

Storage aside, the configuration Xi3 have listed for the Prison on their website specifies:

8GB RAM

3.2Ghz Quad Core (R464)

 

No mention has been made of the device’s graphics processing unit thus far, but Xi3 have opened their store up to pre-orders, and say that pre-ordering any one of the three Piston configurations by March 17th will knock $100 off the price. More details on the device will be revealed at the SXSW Gaming Expo later today.

 

“Clearly, the computer/video gaming market is huge, both in the personal computer and traditional console markets,” said Xi3 founder and CEO, Jason A. Sullivan. “That being said, 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.”

 

Update: Quote about upgradeability added.

 


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  • xzeldax3

    Wow

  • Luis Camargo

    Way too expensive. Especially the upgraded versions for more HDD.
    Reminds me of Apple and that’s not a good thing

    • Cazar

      Yeah the pricing model is a joke. SSDs do not cost that much.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Altin-Bujupaj/1157167838 Altin Bujupaj

      Not only the price of buying the SSD for such an absurdly high price – the CPU seems quite bad, not being a i7, which has equal to even more processing power through overboost and 8 GB of RAM is quite a joke too.

      The fact that they are not naming any GPU may also imply that it won’t be a high-performance GPU – probably one which is outdated by at least one year.

      • http://www.facebook.com/geoff.kelly.3597 Geoff Kelly

        Well any real GPU would have heat issues in their box I would imagine. I thought they must be offering something more than just more HDD for that price increase, however certainly seems not. Price gouging fools ftw!

      • twist_serv

        How many times we must tell…

        Intel HT IS WORTHLESS FOR GAMING, offers 000000000 performance over the non-HT cpu’s.

        And the cpu of this box is an AMD.

        I guess steambox will be APU based. You can play pretty much any game a 1366×768 medium to high details on current APU’s. Just sell the “steambox” for $500 and it will sell like mad.

        • malek86

          “You can play pretty much any game a 1366×768 medium to high details on current APU’s”

          … not really. My i3-2100 + HD6770 has trouble running some of the more recent games at 1366×768 at medium/high details (especially Far Cry 3 for example, but I’m reading that Crysis 3 is quite the hog too). And an APU should be far less powerful than my setup. Reviews of the 7660G show that it can’ìt even run Crysis 2 well on low details for anything higher than 1024×600. Besides, why would you play this at 1366×768? If the purpose of a Steambox (not just this one, but any Steambox device) is to be connected to a TV, FullHD is more likely to be the choice. Unless this thing also has a discrete GPU, I see little point.

          They can’t sell something that will only work with the existing catalog and offer no real way to play future games well… especially with new consoles coming out and (finally) raising the bar again in terms of multiplatform PC/console games graphics.

          • Guest

            How is that possible? My HD5970 runs Far Cry 3 at 1920×1200 on high settings. How can an HD6770 have problems with 1366×768?

          • OtakuReborn

            I assume you’re not familiar with graphics cards naming conventions. The first number determines the generation, the second determines the performance tier. The 6770 is newer than the 5970, but is a low-mid range card, whereas the 5970 is a previous generation high end card. For ATI Radeon cards, 7 and 8 are mid-range, 9 is high-end. For nVidia GeForce cards, 6 and 7 are mid-range, 8 and 9 are high-end.

  • Suicunesol

    Oh, so it’s actually a desktop computer optimized for playing games. And it’s small too! This is actually a little appealing to me, with the only problem being that it would probably not be very upgradeable.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Well, they’re calling it “computer game system” so we don’t quite know how open it is just yet. There’s an on-stage demonstration scheduled for the SXSW expo at 7pm today, so it looks like we won’t have to wait long for details.

      Honestly? I kinda like it, too. I’m actually looking into buying a new laptop right now since PC is going to be my main platform for console gaming over the next few years, and portability is important to me, too. So if this looks like a decent alternative…

      Edit: Ah, here’s a quote from Xi3 regarding upgrades:

      “Clearly, the computer/video gaming market is huge, both in the personal computer and traditional console markets. That being said, 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.”

      • Pyrotek85

        I decided my next computer will be a lan-party sized portable tower, probably a bit bigger than these steam boxes but still small enough to move around. Laptops are just too pricey for the kind of power I want and I’m more limited in upgrades. That, plus I’d never really use the laptop on the move, I’d just set it up at a friends house and then bring it back home.

      • Suicunesol

        I’ve been looking into a buying a new machine recently, too. I’ve always owned laptops, but laptops have consistently disappointed me in terms of graphical power. I’m tired of lousy graphics and want a real computer now. But at the same time, I would prefer not to have a giant, metal tower on or below my desk. This “small” desktop is exactly what I’ve been looking for. The SSD is a real plus too.

        It doesn’t look like it has a CD/DVD drive though… >_>

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          @Suicunesol:disqus @Pyrotek85:disqus I’ve been going back-and-forth on the laptop thing for a while myself, but I honestly really value portability.

          My current laptop, an Acer I bought for a very cheap price didn’t last me as long as I would’ve liked when it came to keeping up with increasing system requirements, but it was perfect while it was able to keep up. It was actually my first laptop ever, and I could use it at my desk, take it to bed, lug it around. No annoying wires or speakers or other desktop components cluttering my desk. I loved it.

          So I figured what I’ll do next time is just invest more money in a nicer higher-end laptop this time around. Something that can last me for a few years. But yeah, now that this is happening, it might provide a decent alternative, although Pyro’s idea for a portable tower sounds neat, too.

          • Pyrotek85

            If you decide to get a laptop, especially a powerful one for gaming, try to check out any reviews and see how well the cooling is. They’re more cramped than towers and some even throttle themselves pretty badly because they just heat up faster than they can dissipate it.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            Yeah, that’s actually a lesson I learnt the hard way with the Acer I use at the moment. The cooling on this thing is terrible, and I was feeling cheap when I bought it, so I didn’t get myself a cooling pad either. I’m definitely putting more research into the cooling this time. Thanks for the tip. :)

          • Pyrotek85

            I learned that lesson too I’m afraid. Neither cooling pads or reapplying thermal paste to the cpu or gpu helped, it’s just not well designed. So not only are the specs not as good as I’d like anymore, but it can’t always perform as well as it’s technically capable of due to throttling.

            Small towers can have heat flow problems too, but you have far more options in regards to fans or even liquid cooling, it’s just way more flexible. I don’t think I’ll get a gaming laptop again unless prices drop a lot and/or there are significant improvements.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            I would’ve already bought a gaming laptop by now if I weren’t a little wary of it being outdated almost immediately. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while now, but the problem is, I haven’t been able to find if there’s any particular time of the year that the PC market as a whole reveals its “next generation” of machines. If there is, I’d much rather just wait a couple months more and get one of the newer ones to future-proof it a little…

      • Curan_Altea

        I bought a laptop for just over $800 and the only game it hasn’t been able to run on max settings at a good framerate was The Witcher 2 (had to settle for the second highest setting on that one). I see the appeal of this kind of product, but at those prices it just doesn’t seem like a great option.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          Mine cost about $640 and only kept up with game specs for a couple of years (and Acers apparently have a reputation for heating issues, which kind of made it worse), but I expect I’ll spend around $800-900 for my next one and have it last longer.

      • Suicunesol

        I see. If it’s upgradeable, then… I can really consider this a type of compact desktop than a game console. It also means that this Steambox would be unlikely to be replaced within the next 5 years by another Steambox because you just buy new components to upgrade your old Steambox.Upgrading a Steambox may not be as simple as upgrading any old computer, though. Will wait for more details.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          Yeah, plus, as Valve have said, they’re partnering with different companies for multiple Steamboxes, including one that they’re endorsing themselves. I guess we’ll have to wait and see just how open-ended all of these solutions are.

  • Flandre Scarlet

    I can build a mid-range gaming PC for this less than $1,000, and it will be upgradable every few years. Seems like a waste of cash.

    • Shin –

      You can build a high-end gaming PC for $800
      And you wont need to upgrade it for 3-4 years at least.

      • Flandre Scarlet

        Eh, I built mine for $800 and I consider it mid-end, mid-high at best. Maybe I’m just considering ‘high end’ to be monster money wasting tier.

        • FetusZero

          Never really understood how those tiers worked. For me, high end simply is a PC that runs newly released games maxed out smoothly, but sometimes when I see people talk about it, it makes it seem like a high end PC must be able to power a nuclear reactor while gaming maxed out at 200+ fps.

          • MogCakes

            For some enthusiasts, that may very well be the case :p

          • FetusZero

            I’m not enough of an enthusiast to do that :p
            ..though having your own small nuclear reactor could be fun! ..and dangerous.

  • Akai Ringo

    Thats all well and good…but i thought that this thing was supposed to compete against the next generation/current generation game consoles like ps3 and stuff? isn’t this price point kind of pushing it out of that “weight class”? i mean if this system costs at least one thousand, wouldn’t that encourage you to just buy a better pc?

    • mirumu

      This isn’t Valve’s Steambox, it’s just some other company trying to get in on the action. Kind of inevitable they’ll fail with that hardware at those prices.

  • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

    My computer is outdated (2007 made at 1.9GHz, 3 GB RAM) but most of the games I would actually play I can just probably make do with just a middle-tier hardware I’m sure.
    Not sure if want.

  • Joseph Steinhilpert

    did they put like 3 high end graphic cards or something in it along with SSD to make is so dam expensive.
    I’d wait to see what else is in before even have a thought of buying it.

  • Randy Marsh

    The next 3DO?

    • CirnoLakes

      If they don’t make some lower end models which are around $500 or less, definitely.

      What are they thinking?

      • Guest

        What are they thinking, well something like this comes into my mind…

  • kupomogli

    The prices seem almost 100% markup for everything going by retail. If these are the prices the system is a complete ripoff. You could purchase a powerful prebuilt tower that includes HDMI out, which really isn’t needed unless your HDTV doesn’t support VGA, for less than the cost these are going for.

    Here’s an example. One that’s likely both cheaper and more powerful than what you’re getting with the Steambox. Build it yourself for far less.

    http://www.amazon.com/CybertronPC-GM2242D-Assassin-Gaming-Desktop/dp/B0080NQDLO/ref=sr_1_9?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1362872459&sr=1-9

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Part of what you’re paying for is portability. That’s the point. It’s for people that don’t want a desktop.

      • Flandre Scarlet

        It’s not like this thing comes with its own dedicated display. You can do everything this can do and more with a PC like he linked, for cheaper than this.

        This is really just for people too busy/lazy to build their own PC or pay a bit more for a laptop. And we already have pre-builts for that market.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          No one’s saying it isn’t trying to cater to a particular niche. My point was simply that, until one or more of these things is out on the market, we won’t know if there’s a demand for them or not. A few years ago, many people thought there was no market for the iPad. And look where we are now. :)

          • Flandre Scarlet

            The iPad was the only dedicated tablet on the market until recently. That’s really not a fair comparison at all.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            And this is going to be the first of these console/PC hybrids, too. That’s my point. These haven’t existed up until now. We don’t know if there’s demand for them, and if there is, just how much. We don’t even know how much Valve’s own Steambox is going to cost. They’re all unknowns.

            Hopefully, in a few hours, we’ll find out more. As it stands now, the story is: “One of these suckers costs $1,000 but we don’t know what it does yet. More news coming later today.”

          • Flandre Scarlet

            It doesn’t even have a niche. It’s an extremely overpriced hybrid nobody needs. Dedicated PC gamers won’t need this, they already gaming PCs they built themselves for much cheaper. People looking for portability won’t need this: they already have laptops. People looking for a LAN machine won’t need this: they can build a more powerful machine for cheaper than this that can be upgraded much easier. People that already have tablets or phones won’t care about this.

            It’s a pointless machine. For $500 it might have a market. For $1,000 I can’t see it having a market. There’s no Apple-tier brainwashing-I mean, marketing, going on here.

          • WyattEpp

            “It doesn’t even have a niche. It’s an extremely overpriced hybrid nobody needs.”
            You’ve perfectly summarised my feelings on the iPad. Can we stop this now?

            Predicting the future with any degree of certainty is a sucker’s game. They’re not Apple, but declarations of failure are clearly premature. (I personally think they’ve missed the mark on pricing by $300-400. I wonder what their engineering costs were that they feel the need to go that high?)

          • Art Sanz

            Apple consumers have this tendency to justify their purchases when the purchase itself doesn’t stand any logic.
            What do you REALLY need 80GB of music/video on the go?

            ipads are status purchases “look I have money to burn” and they are fashionable; a steambox isn’t fashionable at all.

          • Tom_Phoenix

            “These haven’t existed up until now.”

            There is nothing new under the sun…

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK9VU1aJvTI

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            Hey, you know what I mean! A modern PC/console hybrid that you can hook up to your television and a bunch of services. :P

    • idrawrobots

      This Piston, is way way way smaller looking than that GIANT pc that you linked to, just sayin.
      http://images.lazygamer.net/2013/01/xi3-piston-09.jpg

  • sunK1D

    I’ll be happy with a PS4 and a laptop. Don’t need an overpriced gaming PC.

    • nick_54g

      you can set up a gaming rig for like $350 or $400 id say thats cheaper than a ps4.

      • http://twitter.com/Vietgeta VietGeta

        But it won’t run anything a 360/PS3 can run. Unless those prices you listed are just for upgrading. Starting from scratch, it’d be 600-900. And that’s without buying an OS, since most gamers already have one in hand or retrieve it by “other” means.

        • nick_54g

          well it depends on what you put in it.and prices are unstable for certain parts.

        • CirnoLakes

          “But it won’t run anything a 360/PS3 can run.”
          Quite wrong. From experience, I know this is not the case.

          I recently built a computer for around $350 which indeed runs all of the multiplatforms from this generation just fine.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to pay thousands of dollars for a decent gaming PC. The reason why this one is so expensive is beacuse it is miniaturised compared to a regular PC.

      • AntonioPeYangIII

        Miniaturized = good luck finding room for upgrades :P

    • CirnoLakes

      Or you could buy one of the cheaper Steambox models that will be coming out, too.

      This isn’t going to be the Steambox.

      • sunK1D

        Steambox is a platform so yes this is a Steambox and Gabe has said just as much. A PC will just never beat a console in performance dollar per dollar. But to some, that’s not even relevant as much as the actual games. There are so many console centric games that just don’t see the light of day on PCs. To me, that’s reason enough to stick with consoles. The cheaper price point is just icing on the cake.

        • CirnoLakes

          “A PC will just never beat a console in performance dollar per dollar.”
          But is already has and does.

          I’m sorry, but that statement is just incorrect. You are right that the consoles have many great exclusives. But if you think you get more power for you money with consoles, you are wrong.

          And in fact, even if Sony sells the PlayStation 4 as low as $300, they would still make a profit. The parts of it are some of the cheapest computer parts on the market.

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    O_O! $1000.00, ooookay now……

    Well at least its properly named. “The Piston”, because it pisses all over your bank account and creates “Steam” when it does lol.

    Seriously guys, that’s just way too much for something like this.

  • http://twitter.com/ChaWork Cha Thada

    does this thing have wi-fi? the only reason I can see anyone getting it is for portability and i can’t imagine myself bringing this thing around to a friend’s, family member’s house without bringing a whole bunch of wires with it.
    I’d imagine you have to AT MINIMAL bring your mouse&keyboard, the power plug and maybe an hdmi wire and a controller…

  • TrevHead

    If that’s the price of shrinking a desktop into a console sized box they can keep it..

    • Xerain

      That’s not a consoles sized box. That’s a grapefruit sized box. That’s like 1/6 the size of a PS3 or something.

      • sunK1D

        I wonder what kind of a joke GPU it will have for that size then.

        • mirumu

          It’s an AMD R464 CPU and they come with a HD 7660G GPU built-in.

          That’s assuming they didn’t disable the on-board GPU and use a different one of course.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    1000 bucks?O.o Ummm okay. Lol I actually lost all my word to comment this.T_T

  • Göran Isacson

    Well. That’s a fair bit saltier than I would like to pay for my computers- while Ishaan does have a point in that we have no idea what the market for this will be, I can’t say I’m convinced… this really looks like it will be a very niche product for the wealthiest of nerds, and wouldn’t those just build their own computer? After all, the winners of the console wars thus far has never been the biggest, baddest consoles, sooo yeah. Not sure I should have high hopes here.

  • http://www.youtube.com/Lyonharvestmoonfan Eduardo Rocha

    100,000$?! You gotta be kidding me.

  • Mohamed Ak

    Where’s my PS4?

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Valve… I don’t think this is what you need to open up PC gaming.

    • haqua

      It’s not /by/ Valve, it’s being supported by Valve.

    • CirnoLakes

      This is just one of the higher end models and not what Valve wants to officially promote.

      The actual Steambox is cheaper and up and coming.

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  • Dagobert

    Can I render scenes faster in 3D Studio Max than I can with my current PC which is already good? No? Then no thanks.

  • idofgrahf

    For 1000 dollars I can build a current gen i7 with a bigger SSD and a graphics card that will run circles around that thing and 32gb ram, so…what exactly are they trying to accomplish?

    • Guest

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      • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

        This isn’t Valve’s device. Read the article.

        • Guest

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    • Isaac Newton

      I can create a PC just like that just give a $600.

  • Nee Nee

    Hahahahahahaha–

    Is this is a joke?
    Cut the price.

  • SirRichard

    For £600 I got a rig that basically matches this thing, except instead of an SSD it has a 1TB hard-drive. And £600 is a price that people unfamiliar with PC gaming flinch at already, who is going to drop $1000+ on this?

  • Freud_Hater

    Who do you think I am, Mr. Burns? Good god, way too expensive…

  • Isaac Newton

    ummm I think ooookkkkaaayyyy
    I’ll stick with my Pentium 3 PC and windows 98…

  • Locklear93

    Okay, I run an “over the top” gaming PC that cost over $3000 when I got it, and even I think this is ridiculous. Like it or not, if they’re positioning themselves as a console, then that’s their competition. The market for users who’ll pay this kind of money for gaming hardware (me) is more likely to hook a standard, custom PC up to a TV and use Steam’s “big picture” mode or similar.

    I see nothing here to entice me. My desktop is significantly better (at least as far as the incomplete specs shown here indicate) and I got it almost a year ago. What’s listed doesn’t compare with the PS4, and probably won’t compare with the next MS console. It’s a PC, so exclusives designed for on-the-couch style play will probably be few. If a Steambox is going to compete, it’s GOT to be inexpensive.

    Why would I ever want this?

  • CirnoLakes

    NINE HUNDRED AND NINETY NINE US DOLLARS.

    I am not sorry for making this joke.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

      I am glad someone made this joke. I am glad you aren’t sorry.

  • DCBlackbird

    gaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • revenent hell

    Wow reading those figures I almost had an adult depends moment.
    I just bought a new PC and it was roughly 500$….I don’t think I will pay more than that for anything….well anything that cant drive me to work, make me dinner or…well I am sure the point has been gotten….

  • DemonicX

    Wow, that’s not a ridiculous price at all. -_-

  • isotrex

    You can build a better rig with that amount of money.

  • Ferofax

    Ahahahahahaha. They’re worse than Apple. Plus how is the cooling on that tiny thing? It’ll probably fry in a few minutes or two.

  • twist_serv

    If you google a bit you will the “R464″ means AMD A10-4600 (R-464L).

    So its probably the 4600M at max turbo (3.2Ghz 35w).

    http://www.cpu-world.com/news_2012/2012052302_AMD_announced_embedded_R-Series_processors.html

  • Casey McMahon

    do these come with free bjs?

  • http://simplephilistine.wordpress.com/ Arla

    What the hell is the point of buying this at that price? You’d be better off building a PC and if you really wanna play the games on your TV you can just connect it via some cables. Holy hell, this is stupid.

  • http://twitter.com/Luimango lulu M

    I built my PC for at least $1000 (Excluding the hard drives and fan I placed later) basic wise and just hooked it up on my TV.

    Too expensive :/

  • idrawrobots

    All that in a box smaller than of a gamecube doesn’t seem all that crazy to me, but I know little to nothing about PC gaming, so whatev.
    http://images.lazygamer.net/2013/01/xi3-piston-09.jpg

  • Suzaku

    Definitely seems steep. I bought a comparable gaming rig last summer for $500, pre-fabricated (3.2Ghz dual core, 100GB HD, entry-level GPU). If I’d wanted to build one myself I could’ve gotten the same deal for even cheaper.

    If they want to sell this as an alternative for console gamers who don’t want to mess with PCs, they need to bring the cost down dramatically.

    $1000 can get you a pretty high end gaming rig that you can just plug in and start using, and it’ll be useful for more than Steam.

  • TheDarkEmpress

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….oh my-…wait…just..wai—AHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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    • malek86

      For $300 i’m not expecting much better than a i3 with integrated graphics, unless they are willing to take a hit.

      • WyattEpp

        Trinity APU and 4G DDR3. $250. Bam.

    • https://twitter.com/RaiohV Raioh

      Nothing misleading, that’s the price for “Xi3′s Piston” with Steam support, not whatever Valve is going to bring out.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      GRRRRRRR. For the last time, read the article! This and Valve’s Steambox are two different things!

      • JustThisOne

        Maybe you should bold it in the article, or something. It would at least stop the skimmers from making a mistake.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          The problem with selectively bolding stuff is that it only encourages people to skim even more. :(

      • Guest

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    • JustThisOne

      Nah, I don’t think the title is misleading at all. This article is about the third party Piston, and the prices come straight off the site. The article you linked to is just what Valve estimates the third party Steamboxes will be.

      Either way, this one seems to be waay higher than what that estimate is, haha.

      $300 seems pretty normal for a “mid-range” console. As for a top tier kind of thing… perhaps that would’ve ended up costing as much as this.

  • malek86

    Ok so the difference between a 128 and 256GB SSD is $340. See guys, this is the problem with proprietary modular design. I thought we had learned that with the 360 already.

    Ah well. Can’t see this being successful.

  • http://twitter.com/atmey Atmey

    And they said ps3 was expensive at launch.

  • haqua

    There’s enough comments about the price, so I won’t even bother. What I’d like to ask for future reference is… How will this work? I know absolutely nothing about gaming rigs, so would this be difficult to use, or…? Aha, I feel so stupid for asking, but I really know nothing about these things!

  • Lazulis

    O__O No want…

    What IS the demographic for this anyway?

    • Naux

      They will get celebrities to market this. Mark my words!

  • AntonioPeYangIII

    When we (finally) upgraded our PC, Derpy, and my siblings and I managed to load it with an i5 processor (2500K, iirc), 16 GB of RAM, an AMD 7750 video card, and later on, a 1 TB hdd.

    Total upgrade price: approx $550

    Then I look at the price on the “Piston”

    And I’m thinking “Are you bucking kidding me?” I smell a ripoff…

  • Tatsuya1221

    Xi3 are idiots if they think anyone will buy one at that price, heck my current gaming pc with an aftermarket heatsink, 2 HDD’s (1TB+3TB), seasonic 520W power supply (most reliable brand of psu),i5 2500k, gtx 460 8gb ram and a 120$ case only costed me around 750$ building it from scratch, i could have knocked off another 100$ if i was using linux like the steam box does, so yeah.

    I hope valve isn’t stupid enough to put one out at a cost like this.

    • Naux

      Heh, I agree with you. Though just power-wise, one could easily get your setup for around 500-600$. Albeit with less DIsk Space and budget case.

      • Tatsuya1221

        I’m aware of that, the case was due to cooling features (my cpu is overclocked) and the disk space is due to media center functions.

        Cost wise, if i had removed the 3tb hdd and the case, it came to 550$, taking advantage of sales.

  • notforsale

    This reminds me a lot of my Gamecube. While it was design to be very portable… other than the occasional sleepovers where I would bring it over so we could play Super Smash Bros Melee (1 real controller + 3 china fakes XD), I pretty much keep it at home most of the time :/. I don’t think the PC console will do well, seeing how most party/multiplayer PC games like League of Legends and Diablo II aren’t split screen. Unless your planing to bring the PC console over to someone’s house to play alone…that’s kind of sad ;(…..

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    I believe most PC gamers know their tech and whatnot. This stuff is probably for those interested in PC gaming but too lazy to learn how things inside it work. (trust me… there are a lot of lazy people out there and a lot of stupid consumers).

  • Koulamatata

    I bought my Desktop, PS3 and 3DS for only $60 more than this thing.

    This is way overpriced.

  • gamerdude

    Never thought gamers would need to pay so much money to get piston with wii in their living rooms…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000172099718 Dominic Hunter

    Because God forbid anyone actually be able to buy this thing, right?

  • Brion Valkerion

    I dont get it lol. What exactly does this box do, if its what I think it is…. then why not just buy an effing computer for the same price and get to do multiple things.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

    It’s funny, people thought this thing would be cheap for some reason. Its a prebuilt PC, which are usually highly overpriced in the first place. And with that price you are basically just paying for the SSDs and the “look”.

    Funny thing is they don’t even state what GPU the thing uses, so there is no definite way of knowing how the games will perform or even run on that level. Sure its Modular but in every way you could build a cheaper one with a case roughly the same size anyway.

    • CirnoLakes

      This thing isn’t cheap. But the actual Steambox will likely be.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

        Here is hoping it will be.

    • Naux

      If that thing has a better GPU than the one I am currently using, then it might be worth it. Because packing anymore power into that small box is gonna be very interesting. The next thing I want are portable displays. Inb4 Steam Screen.

  • http://profiles.google.com/baldulf2024 Keel J

    Good bye Steambox, we barely knew you

    • JustThisOne

      Don’t give up yet! This is only one of the third party ones. There’s still Valve’s, and maybe others!

    • CirnoLakes

      This isn’t going to be the Steambox.

      These are just some of the higher end models Xi3 is putting out. So don’t count it out yet!

  • Ricardo C

    I rather build my own PC

  • RPGRocker

    I guess Xi3 is taking into account the 75% off Steam Sale…

    • Naux

      This made me smile!

  • http://www.senran-international.boards.net/ TwinTails

    They expect gamers to afford that, in this economy? People rag on about how it’s expensive to buy one game a month…for a portable system.

  • http://takopako.tumblr.com takopako

    i bet it wouldnt cost as much if it was just the standard size of a gaming console. grapefruit sized sounds like it could be pretty easy to lose.

  • Barzh

    This is NOT the Steambox. The Steambox will come later.

    • CirnoLakes

      Yep.

    • Naux

      I hope so!

  • Sylveria

    I think this strongly shows what is wrong with the entire “PC box” concept. It costs as much as a high end PC and has all the restrictions of a console. If there’s upgrading for it, then it doesn’t even offer a standardized platform for PC game development due to the variations people upgrading will bring.. unless they upgrades are proprietary and compulsory, which that just makes the thing even more expensive and less appealing.

    • CirnoLakes

      To be honest, these are just the higher end models, though.

      There’s no reason that a “PC box” cannot be just as cheap.

  • Naux

    Haha! Some people have already raised concerns that this will only be successful, if the pricing is correct. Heck, I’d rather have a fat ugly box in my living room or connect my PC with a HDMI cable to my TV.

  • http://vindictushots.tumblr.com/ Okuni-chan

    “upgradeability of computers”

    Does this mean graphic card and so forth? That price… I’m wondering if this is any indicator of how much the other versions will cost.

  • Rolling Guy

    I can build a new computer that’s faster and cheaper than that. Damn this is such a joke.

  • Happy Gamer

    yeah it’s pretty expensive from what I was “expecting,” meaning, when I heard steams wants to invade our living room, it mean “affordable PC gaming.” but this is just invading living room minus the affordability. Am I wrong to assume or it’s more of a “introducing PC gaming to console gamers or non gamers by simplifying PC gaming (via things such as the piston, Steam’s Big Picture mode etc) to a larger audience?

  • maggosh

    The Steambox will be in the low hundreds. Mark my words.

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