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The long-running distinction between dedicated game consoles and gaming PCs is disappearing with Valve's announcement of its own operating system, SteamOS. The hardware is changing too, with next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony offering much more than the ability to play disc-based games, not...

October 2nd 2013 at 3:26pm 0 Comments
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When the Xi3 Piston modular PC / game console ships this November, it'll ship like most PCs do: without a gamepad. Sadly, the in-house controller from Piston will be sold separately for a separate, undisclosed price. "There will be a future announcement about our plans for controllers," was the mo...

October 2nd 2013 at 1:54pm 0 Comments
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Xi3's Piston Console will make its official debut on November 29, a date more popularly known (in the US, anyway) as Black Friday. As an especially diminutive gaming PC, the Piston stands as the "first step in what [Xi3 believes] will be a transformative technology revolution for the Living Room."...

September 30th 2013 at 7:15pm 0 Comments
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As if shelling out $900 this holiday to snag the two next-gen game consoles wasn't enough, Xi3's Piston modular gaming PC is arriving on November 29th for $1,000. Should money be no object to you, the adorable little box is available for pre-order right this minute, and that'll lock in an earlier...

September 30th 2013 at 2:23pm 0 Comments
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Piston creator Xi3 issued a stark response this morning to Valve publicly distancing itself from the company. In a press release, Xi3 founder, president, and CEO Jason A. Sullivan reaffirmed the investment Xi3 received to build a device "specifically for Valve" earlier this year, before launching i...

March 13th 2013 at 7:45am 0 Comments
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Valve declared it's not working on any current projects with Piston creator Xi3. Speaking to Eurogamer, Valve's Doug Lombardi said his company "began some exploratory work with Xi3 last year, but currently has no involvement in any product of theirs."Alongside the Piston's reveal earlier this year,...

March 12th 2013 at 8:45am 0 Comments
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While Xi3's Piston may only be a Steambox through its software optimization, that still leaves us with a milestone on our hands now that the system is available for pre-orders: it's the first Valve-blessed PC on sale. If you're willing to set aside just under $1,000 ($900 during SXSW), you can cla...

March 10th 2013 at 3:24am 0 Comments
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Xi3's Steam-focused PC "console," the Piston, is now available for pre-order, the company announced yesterday. The tiny, $999 box includes a 128 gig solid-state drive that can be upgraded to 512 gigs for an additional $750 (for real, SSDs aren't cheap, y'all), eight gigs of RAM and a 3.2 Ghz quad-c...

March 9th 2013 at 4:00pm 0 Comments