Xi3 announces $999 USD modular gaming PC for Black Friday
Posted: 30.09.2013 22:41 by Comments: 3
A few months ago, when the rumor of a Steam Box was hot, Xi3's new modular gaming rig was incorrectly pegged as Valve's gaming console. The company has unveiled their rig, the Piston, and it's a modular PC with some nifty stats. The Piston is incredibly small - no side is longer than 4.27".

The small-form modular PC includes:

* 3.2 AMD Trinity Processor
* Radeon 7000-Series GPU
* 8GB of DDR 3 memory
* 128 GB solid state drive (upgradeable to 1 TB) HD
* three display ports (HDMI, DisplayPort and miniDP)
* 12 USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports

According to the company's Q&A, “Xi3 has never described its PISTON Console (PC) as the Steam box or a Steam Box, especially since it appears that Steam Box is a term created by journalists and not by Valve. To be clear, however, PISTON Console owners will be able to access and play games on/through Steam since it is a Web-based platform open to anyone with an Internet connection and a Steam account, either on a Windows- or a Linux-based system. So in this regard, PISTON could be considered the first commercially available Steam Box.”

The tiny gaming rig will cost a mere $999 USD and will be released on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day in the United States.
Source: PC Gamer


By CytoToxicProxy (SI Veteran Member) on Oct 01, 2013
CytoToxicProxy I'm not sure how capable it's going to be. Also it's known to be quite a hot APU.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Oct 01, 2013
Well, there's plenty of ventilation. The rig is small enough to put in a backpack, which is also why there's a TON of USB ports - it's for LAN parties, and same machine multiplayer as well. Each side is NO BIGGER THAN 4.5". The thing is TINY.
By CytoToxicProxy (SI Veteran Member) on Oct 02, 2013
Like I said I don't know how capable the AMD Radeon HD 7560D that's on the cpu is going to be. It's been reported as being pretty weak. Why not just invest a couple more hundred into a laptop that has more power and a screen? It should be $400 or mabey $500 if it wanted to compete with anything.