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Xi3 'Steam Box' starts preorders at $899

Computer company Xi3 opened preorders for its modular "Piston" mini-PC, with $100 off the regular $999 price tag for early birds.

By:AFP
| Updated on: Mar 13 2013, 11:11 IST
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Computer company Xi3 opened preorders for its modular 'Piston' mini-PC, with $100 off the regular $999 price tag for early birds.



Its custom chipboard contributes to the Piston's small form factor and is intended to make upgrading easier.

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Xi3's Piston model made waves at CES 2013 in January by its association with Valve's 'Steam Box' project, aimed at making PCs the obvious driver of living-room entertainment.

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Like the portable Shield from component manufacturer Nvidia, the Piston was announced as optimized for use with the Steam client and its Big Picture mode; presentations at SXSW made it clear that the Piston would also support Electronic Arts' Origin and Sony's Gaikai, as well as movies and music.

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The Piston is to become one of several Steam-licensed machines, with several manufacturers expected to provide alternatives to Xi3's high-end model and Valve CEO Gabe Newell telling the February DICE Summit that a $100 price point was being targeted.

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First Published Date: 12 Mar, 11:38 IST
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