In March 2013, we put up an extensive guide on how to build your own Steam Box for only $500. At the time, we expected to see the first off-the-shelf models hit the market later that year, but that didn’t happen. Now, we know that 2015 is the earliest we’ll see a release.This means that anyone who wants a Steam Box as soon as possible is best off going the … [Read more...] about Build your own Steam Box revisited: What a difference a year makes
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Remember a few years ago when people were able to play Tetris on their cell phones and we all thought it was amazing? If so, feel free to dust off a few old photographs (those pieces of paper that have .jpegs physically printed on them), and go ahead and laugh at your poor, naïve past self.Earlier this year at CES, Xi3 went from being a small computer maker to … [Read more...] about Xi3, maker of the Piston ‘Steam Box,’ introduces the future of portable virtual reality
The Piston, Xi3’s so-called “Steam Box” made with the backing of Valve, trotted out its odd little PC at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and promised the moon. It’s an upgradeable gaming PC that purports to be as simple to set up and enjoy as your average video game console, and be ready to run games on Steam’s “Big Picture” … [Read more...] about The Steam Box cometh, and it brings a hefty price tag with it
Valve’s revelation that it has invested money into the development of an Xi3 “Steam Box” piqued people’s interested in the Piston (what the computer was eventually named) when it was announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Today, the company announced that the diminutive gaming PC that’s around the size of half a loaf of … [Read more...] about Pre-order the Xi3 Piston Steam Box for $100 off until March 17
Make sure to check out our Giveaway for a chance to win our Steam Box build.The Steam Box is now a tangible possibility. Though no release date or final design has been released, Xi3 touted its Piston reference platform at CES while other hardware was examined behind closed doors. Meanwhile, Valve is preparing Steam for an eventual hardware release with the new Big Picture … [Read more...] about Make your own console: How we built a killer Steam Box for $500
Say goodbye to the Steam Box, and say hello to the “Steam Machines.” Instead of unveiling a singular piece of hardware, as many suspected was coming, Valve went one step further and announced an entire line of Steam-friendly devices running SteamOS, to be developed by multiple unnamed partners.“We want you to be able to choose the hardware that … [Read more...] about Forget the Steam Box, meet Valve’s ‘Steam Machines’
Next week we may finally hear some concrete news about the long rumored, but often discussed Linux-based Steam Box, Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell stated during a keynote address at LinuxCon.LinuxCon is an event dedicated – as the name suggests – to the celebration of all things Linux. During his keynote, Newell reiterated his support … [Read more...] about Could we finally learn about Valve’s Steam Box next week?
While this should come as no surprise to those that follow gaming and especially Valve, the long discussed “Steam Box” has been unveiled at CES in Las Vegas. Although the name “Steam Box” was not mentioned in the official release, the unveiling finally gives us a look at what Valve’s Gabe Newell confirmed back in December, and what many … [Read more...] about The Valve ‘Steam Box’ is finally unveiled, and nothing will ever be the same again
Piston, the Valve-funded gaming PC from Xi3, could be the big Steam Box-style break that the Big Picture was designed for.Xi3 is the designer of small form-factor "modular PCs" with a distinctive shape. And by small form factor, we mean it; the Xi3 basic chassis can be quite happily held in the palm of one hand. Valve, on the other hand, is the creator of Steam, the digital … [Read more...] about Valve, Xi3 and the Steam Box: should consoles be scared?
Images from Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward shows a self-branded version of what appears to be the Xi3 Piston Steam Box.Back at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, modular PC manufacture Xi3 showed off the Piston, a small PC funded by Valve that was designed specifically to use Steam's Big Picture interface; a Steam Box by any other name. Now game developer Infinity … [Read more...] about Has Infinity Ward shown off the Steam Box?