Steambox Finally Announced By Valve And Xi3 Corporation

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Valve and a company named Xi3 Corporation are teaming up to release a “Computer Game System,” (not the final name, obviously) which they announced today.


What’s the Xi3 Computer Game System? The easiest way to describe it is to call it the “Steambox” that everyone has been expecting for some time now. It’s a gaming platform optimized to support Steam and its Big Picture mode interface for “residential and LAN party computer gaming on larger high-def screens.”


As part of the collaboration, the two companies have also announced an investment in Xi3 Corporation from Valve, although the particulars of this investment have not been shared.


“Today marks the beginning of a new era for Xi3,” said Jason A. Sullivan, founder, President and CEO of Xi3. “This new development stage product will allow users to take full-advantage of their large high-definition TV displays for an amazing computer game experience. As a result, this new system could provide access to thousands of gaming titles through an integrated system that exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand.”


No further details about the Xi3 and Valve’s Computer Game System have been announced yet, other than that it will be housed in Xi3’s grapefruit-size Xi3 Modular Computer chassis. The device is currently in the development stages.


Note: Image above of the Xi3 Modular Computer chassis, not a final representation of this product.

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.