Valve’s hotly anticipated “console” PC that looks likely to run the Steam platform and not much else, is expected to debut towards the end of the year, possibly this Christmas, with a price tag around the $1,000 mark – making it a pretty expensive alternative to the big three.
Microsoft’s next Xbox as well as Sony’s PS4 will be releasing around that same time, so the competition going into the end of this year could be steep. However the Piston, as the Valve Steam Box has come to be known, could be an interesting little hardware bundle. It’s built on a PC platform, so will potentially be very powerful indeed. Eurogamer has it that it only pulls around 40 watts from the mains however.
While it’s unknown what the GPU is at this date, we do know that it comes with 8GB of RAM, a quad core CPU running at 3.2Ghz and options for internal SSDs, ranging from 128GB to 512GB.
“Clearly, the computer/video gaming market is huge, both in the personal computer and traditional console markets,” said a spokesperson for the manufacturing of the Piston, Xi3 Corporation.
“That being said, we believe there is a crying need for a machine that captures the best of both worlds, with the upgradeability of computer gaming rigs and the design and form factor of consoles. We believe our Piston Consoles do exactly that – deliver the beauty and small size of consoles with the upgradeability of computers.”