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Xi3, Valve Announce New Steam-Powered PC

firefly2003firefly2003 Los Angeles, CAPosts: 2,555Member

More details continue to emerge about Valve's upcoming TV-friendly gaming PC, code-named Piston.

A report over at CNET offers some additional details about the recent partnership between Valve and Xi3. A company representative shared details about the specs of the upcoming box -- a project that is being called Piston among its developers. Xi3's plans for the system will be a step up from its current 7 series of PCs. That means at the very least we can expect similar or better specs. The 7 series includes quad core processing chips that run up to 3.2 GHz, and AMD's 383 core Radeon HD 7660G graphics core. The 7 series also supports up to 8 GB of RAM, among other features. Check out the original CNET story for full details. 

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Today Valve and hardware partner Xi3 announced they will showcase a new "development stage computer system" this week at CES. The press release didn't share the PC specifications, but it will be optimized for Big Picture mode and be housed in one of Xi3's modular systems like the one shown above (most likely with a different array of ports). This chassis is roughly the size of a grapefruit and is built to mount on the back of displays.

"Today marks the beginning of a new era for Xi3," said Xi3 CEO Jason A. Sullivan in a press release. "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."

You can read the entire press release here.

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Comments

  • GruntyGrunty TexasPosts: 7,058Member Uncommon
    In a box about the size of a standard power supply?  I am most definitely NOT interested.
  • ObiClownobiObiClownobi CoruscantPosts: 186Member
    Where do you put the coal?

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  • miagisanmiagisan NY, NYPosts: 5,156Member
    pricepoint is whats going to sell me or not...i actually prefer the smaller size

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  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,779Member Uncommon

    How strongly do you prefer the smaller size?

    It's reportedly $1100 for that model running integrated graphics.  $500 for a nettop model.

  • IchmenIchmen Winnipeg, MBPosts: 1,228Member

    the real question is... how will this handle todays games?

    if i try to run fallout or skyrim on it will it support max settings without fps drop or freeze/crash.  if i try to play TF2 or CS will they suffer fps/lag issues

    if the thing is going to cost about par or higher that of a decent desktop pc... while not being able to be modified/upgraded to handle today/future game titles.. is it really worth it? 

    honestly i dont see the draw for this product :/ if its designed for a TV ... 

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  • CastillleCastillle KhobarPosts: 2,703Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Ichmen

    the real question is... how will this handle todays games?

    if i try to run fallout or skyrim on it will it support max settings without fps drop or freeze/crash.  if i try to play TF2 or CS will they suffer fps/lag issues

    if the thing is going to cost about par or higher that of a decent desktop pc... while not being able to be modified/upgraded to handle today/future game titles.. is it really worth it? 

    honestly i dont see the draw for this product :/ if its designed for a TV ... 

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