Pre-orders open for Xi3's 'Piston' PC, $100 off during SXSW

Xi3's Steam-focused PC "console," the Piston, is now available for pre-order, the company announced yesterday.

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aviator1892023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

Having a good hook-up from my pc to my 50 inch and a ps3/xbox 360...I'm not dropping $1000 for piston.

Then again...I don't think I'm part of the targeted audience.

fermcr2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

Yep. I have a pretty decent PC, don't need a overpriced PC 'Piston', no matter how small it is.
For 600$ a person can build a better PC then this 999$ 'Piston'.

BTW... can it play Simcity ? A lot of PC's out there can't (lol... couldn't resist)

PeaSFor2023d ago

thing is, got myself a small media pc with a i5 2500k, Z68 Motherboard, 8 GB of Ram, Radeon 7930, 3TB hdd. Total cost? $750 and 7 times more powerful.....

anyway, granted this is awesomely tiny....but im pretty sure there's an external powerbrick with that thing, and honestly for the price its simplt a very bad product.

i wonder what what kind of peoples they try to attract with it, probably the same kind of noobish noobs who liked alienwares overpriced and average products.

pixelsword2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

A thousand bucks?

Yeeeeeaaaaah, no.

*crosses it off list*

papashango2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )


this is a 3rd party vendor version of a steambox. There will be many more vendors making these including Valve themselves.

BTW you aren't the intended audience. Steambox is meant for gamers who have always wanted to try in pc gaming but are intimidated by it. Most of N4G are console gamers.

Someone interested in pc gaming but too afraid to try it already knows that $1000 for worry free pc gaming is not too shabby considering how much more you can do.

pixelsword2022d ago

@ shango

I agree, I also am aware that it's not from valve, I just wanted that to be cheaper because it looks nice plus console gamers have a limit; hence the trimming of the PS3 to lower the price. They were backing-off at $600, $1000 may not be the best price.

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ATi_Elite2022d ago (Edited 2022d ago )

Piston is still OVERPRICED CRAP if you ask me! You can build it yourself or pay a friend to build one Better and Cheaper!

I just roll one of my Monster PC's in the Living room when I wanna game on the Big screen at a Level that my HTPC can't handle!

One Power cord, One HDMI cord, friggin how hard is that?

You don't need a PHD in Astro-Physics to do that!

BXbomber2023d ago

what does the piston do really? srry but i'm misinformed about this product. i have seen it in several posts and article etc. but never bother to read about it. can someone break it down for me what does this box do?

cyguration2023d ago

It's just a PC you hook up to your TV and it's really small. That's it.

Th4Freak2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

It's a high-end modular PC inside a rubik's cube size box, very impressive if you think about it.

BrianG2023d ago

I don't know about High End just do to it's size.

There is no way you are going to fit a GTX 660 or HD7770 type graphics card in that little box. Not to mention those cards are small compared to their bigger brothers.

It's pretty low end spec wise compared to high end PC's out there right now that can be built for the same price.

But then again it's not meant to be that, which is why the price bothers me.

Th4Freak2023d ago

Im just taking the info from their website, if it's true or not we dont know yet and as I said before the price is very acceptable considering they're the only company in the world that could get a modular PC with such specs in a incredibly small size, also remember that everything drops the price after a few months.

Ju2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

Well, it's half the PS4 and twice it's price. High end, then, huh? It's probably a A10-5800k (or probably not even that. The 5800k runs 3.8GHz) on a custom PCB and some detachable IO boards (check their website). Nothing really spectacular. Something I'd go for; but not for $1000.

overrated442023d ago

I'm all for Valve entering the console space because I love Steam and I love Valve as a company. They're part of a very short list of developers who can make any game and I will buy it day one. That being said, $999 for a non-upgradable pc that just plugs in to my television seems very pricey. I already have my desktop hooked up to my television so it also seems unnecessary...but that price tag is the real killer. I had always assumed they would price the "Steam Box" as a competitor for consoles and not just a slightly cheaper gaming pc....

Th4Freak2023d ago

It is upgradable, it's a modular PC and the X51 was about the same price when it came out, now its $699. Just give it time the price will drop.

overrated442023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

Oh is it? Sorry for the misinformation, due to it's size I had assumed it was non-upgrade-able in the same way a lot of laptops are.

Th4Freak2023d ago

Well that's one of the things that amazes me about this PC.

Oh_Yeah2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

This isn't Valves steambox, it's just a variant.

refocusedman2023d ago

Soooooooo what they are in essence telling me is for the price of $1000 ( in Dr evils voice) I can have a gaming rig that easily hooks up to my tv. Maybe its just me but I would prefer to have both the ps4 and 720 for roughly the same price ( and I know price has not been discussed for either system but, its fair to assume that they may cost within the 400-500 dollar range)

Ju2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

Like I said above. A PS4 is half the price and twice as fast.

I like that's it's small and ready made. But it's far to expensive. I'd pay $500 max.

Well, I had a similar config with a HTPC case on my shopping list (which is actually way cheaper than this), but I'll be waiting what AMD comes up with till end of the year. Kaveri, their next APU, should release with GDDR support sometimes in the second half this year. I'd like to see core count and the GPU they'd put in there and will probably go with that (and a PS4).

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