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Valve unveils ‘Steam Box’ with Xi3, codenamed ‘Piston’ at CES2013

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Valve and Xi3 are partnering to  release a Steam-based gaming device codenamed ‘Piston’.

The heavily  rumoured ‘Steam Box’, which is on display at both the Valve and Xi3 booths at  this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is designed specifically to  support Steam and its Big Picture mode.

Steam Box xi3 prototype

Xi3 founder Jason A. Sullivan said: “Today marks the beginning of a new era for  Xi3. This new development stage product will allow users to take full advantage  of their large high-definition TV displays for an amazing computer game  experience.

“As a result, this new system could provide access to  thousands of gaming titles through an integrated system that exceeds the  capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your  hand.”

The pint-sized system started life as an unsuccessful Kickstarter  project last year, but has since gained the backing of Valve.

Little else is known about the device, but is said to contain 1TB of internal storage and  offer modular component updates, including the option to upgrade the CPU and  RAM, according to Polygon.

Valve co-founder Gabe  Newell previously revealed that the company is working on living room-based  hardware, but did not go into specifics.

Valve took its first step  towards optimising Steam for the living room with the release  of the Big Picture mode update, optimising the service for TV screens.

 

Chris Hare
Chris Hare
A True Tech Geek at Heart, I Started my life of being a Tech Geek at the age of 5 with the BBC Micro. Went on through most of Nintendo stuff and now a Xbox and PlayStation fan. I also leaked the information about the leaked Hotmail passwords story from October 2009 that went World Wide. I Started writing tech articles at the beginning of 2011, most of my articles are about Android phones and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and other gaming news. When Chris has free time its with the family.

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