Steam Box To Release In November
After seeing the newly unveiled and frankly quite unique albeit peculiar Steam Controller from valve, the company may have a viable future branching into gaming hardware. Long before any mention of a controller though was news of the Steam Box, essentially a gaming PC with the portability of a console. For some time now we’ve known it as the Piston being built by Xi3. Bear in mind that this is only a precursor to Valve’s own in-house Steam Machine which was announced last week.
The Piston takes advantage of Steam’s Big Picture Mode in order to put PC gaming onto your TV. Units will go on retail from November 29 in the US. Some of you may know this as Black Friday so there’s certainly some clever timing. The Piston will come preloaded with a number of unspecified games.
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It has a quad-core x86 processor (manufacturer undisclosed) and support 4K-resolution. Some of the other currently available specifications are that it boasts 8 GB RAM, a 3.2 GHz processor, AMD Radeon 7000 and a 128 GB solid state drive.
What might make your eyes water is the pricetag of a whopping $999. Granted this is essentially a very compact gaming PC with the above mentioned specs and doubtless the ability to play pretty much any game currently available, that price might be almost reasonable. However, if you wanted a gaming PC then you could get so much more for the same price.
Regarding it as a living room console, a competitor to the PS4 and Xbox One, I don’t quite see Piston measuring up either. It’s twice as expensive as the Xbox One. Granted it is much smaller than either console but is this really a big deal? Piston seems to be more of a niche product that may only appeal to a small group.
Expect this to cost far more if it makes its way to SA and expect the comparative Steam Machine from Valve, which we should see within the next year, to likely cost more. I certainly hope Valve knows what it’s doing because this does not seem like it will work from my point of view. Then again, I am wrong sometimes… quite often actually.