Valve`s “Steam Box” – The big picture for your living room

Today at the International Consumer Electronics show (CES) Steam PC developer Xi3 announced it had received investment from Valve and would be working together to produce a new HDTV friendly Steam experience with the big picture in mind.  The Steam Box code-named “Piston” is said to make PC games friendly for the living room with minimal fuss.  But will it?

The  steam box will be modelled after Xi3`s X7A line of pint-sized computers. It has a quad-core processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to a huge 1TB of solid state storage and support for up to three monitors.  There is also a possible option to upgrade the CPU and Ram on the device to keep up with the latest games.

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“The demo unit of Piston featured an IO board boasting one ethernet port, 3.5mm audio in/out, SPDIF optical audio, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports (with one dedicated to keyboard input), four eSATAp ports, two Mini Display Port ports and one DisplayPort/HDMI port” [Polygon]

This is the device we’ve been waiting for.  It could bridge the gap between console and pc gaming.  Although I can’t see this being a family console like the Wii or a media station like the new Xbox 720, this mini PC come games console could have great potential.  It’s impressive 1TB SSD and support for three monitors will make it extremely popular with hard-core gamers.  So how much is it you say?  Xi3 wouldn’t discuss the price yet but because the steam box is based on Xi3`s X7A , which costs $999 we should expect to pay around that much for the Steam Box.

Visit Polygon more info and pictures of the Steambox.