The First Unofficial Steam Box Gets A Release Date, And An Expensive Price Tag
Xi3’s Piston made waves at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show, being dubbed the “unofficial Steam Box” by nearly everyone around the world. Then some called it the actual Steam Box. You are wrong, get over it now. While Valve might still be waiting to reveal their very own Computer/Console hybrid, Zi3 is not going to sit back and wait for the competition to come knocking, announcing that there small, portable PC will launch at the end of this year. Just don’t get too excited about the price you’re going to be asked to pay.
Assuming that we’ll even be able to get these delivered locally, you’re looking down the barrel of a complete rip-off. The Piston was designed so that gamers could hook up this small PC to their TV’s and enjoy a PC experience using Steam’s Big Picture Mode. So you’d assume it could run quite a few games then, right? It’s been the debate this entire time, and it seems like the sceptics were right. The Piston is in no way going to handle current-gen titles, and it more suited to, say, indie titles of this generation. That would be completely fine with me if the PC didn’t cost the same as say, two actual game’s consoles.
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Xi3’s Piston is starting at an online price of $1000. That’s right, nearly R9000 for a device that can’t play current PC titles. If you think that’s bad, then wait until you hear that the price does not include additional hard drive space, which you’ll probably need, or a mount for your monitor or TV.
Here’s what Xi3 CEO Jason Sullivan had to say about the Piston.
“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.”
My advice? Save that cash and buy both the PS4 and the new Xbox later this year. It’s a far better deal.