Xi3 Piston Steam Box Revealed With Black Friday Ship Date

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The face of home gaming is changing drastically this year, with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 both slated to make their U.S. debuts prior to the holidays. But what about the oddball from Xi3? After being teased a few days ago, the company has spilled the beans on the Piston's impending release. The Piston console will be available for purchase beginning on Black Friday: November 29, 2013. Why should you mark your calendar? Well, for one, the Piston is going to be even more advanced than what was initially announced.

Storage capacity has been doubled, and its Ethernet controller has been optimized for gameplay traffic. It'll also ship with pre-loaded titles to get you gaming right away. Built on the modular and patented Xi3 Computer Architecture, the Piston console is equipped with a quad-core x86-based 64-bit processor integrated with 384 programmable discrete class graphics cores. 4K output is supported, too.

Interested? You can pre-order today for $999.

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the price tag aint too attractive.

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or you could just buy a computer and be ahead of every console gamer for the next 7 years again :P

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ECouts replied on Tue, Oct 1 2013 8:00 AM

First off, it is a computer, which warrants the $1000 price tag.

Second, I think I would like to know more about the APU and memory upgradability before attempting to shell out for something I might like to build something better of.

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Oct 1 2013 1:51 PM

The Piston is *NOT* one of the "Steam Machines"! Please quit helping XI3 misrepresent it.

The Xi3 Piston was designed completely independently of Valve's plans, and without any thought to performance under Linux/SteamOS. If it had been designed late enough to have Linux/SteamOS gaming in mind, it surely wouldn't have a Radeon 7000 chipset.

Wait until the certified Steam Machines come out next year if your goal is to run SteamOS. You will likely be disappointed with the experience if you overpay for this (rather cool looking) machine.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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lipe123 replied on Tue, Oct 1 2013 6:37 PM

Price is WAY too high for the hardware that you get.

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