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Valve 'distances itself' from Xi3 Piston Steam Box

Third-party Steam console to launch later this year starting at $1,000

The first custom-built Steam console from Xi3 does not appear to be fully endorsed by Valve Software, a company representative has suggested.

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Third-party console vendor Xi3 has announced the release details of its Piston console - a micro-sized PC built to sit under the TV and integrated with Steam. The fully-upgradeable device carries 8GB of RAM, a 3.2Ghz Quad Core chip and at least 128GB of storage.

But Valve Software, which is making its own Steam Box, may not be endorsing the $1,000 PC (Valve has previously insisted its own Steam Box will be affordable).

The company's representative Doug Lombardi told Eurogamer on Monday that "Valve began some exploratory work with Xi3 last year, but currently has no involvement in any product of theirs".

The Xi3 Piston is now available for pre-order and is expected to launch around Christmas time.

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Piston, Xi3's Steam supported living room PC, is now available for pre-order, and will ship later this year.

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Pre-orders opened at the SXSW Gaming Expo and are now available on the company's official website, where a $100 discount is available until March 17.

The Piston is available in three varieties: the standard retails for $1,000 and comes with 128gb internal SSD. 256gb and 512gb SSD units cost $1,340 and $1,750 respectively. The Piston boasts 8gb RAM and a 3.2Ghz Quad Core (R464) processor.

According to Xi3 president and founder Jason A. Sullivan, the early pre-orders are the result of high demand. "Given the amount of awards, media attention and gamer interest the Piston console has generated since it was unveiled at CES 2013 in January, we've become seriously concerned that we will not be able to meet the demand for Piston consoles this year," he said.

Piston will ship in the 2013 holiday season. Following its unveiling in January, Gabe Newell of Valve confirmed the company will release its own living room PC in the form of the Steam Box, despite Valve having invested in Project Piston.


Update written by Rob Crossley

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