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There was quite a bit of mystery surrounding Xi3's Piston PC at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year. Early reports pegged the PC as being Valve's hotly anticipated Steam Box, and when asked straight up by Maximum PC Online Editor Jimmy Thang, Xi3's chief marketing manager, David Politis, played it coy. Now two months later, a branded version of Xi3's Piston PC has broken cover on Facebook and Twitter.
Game developer Infinity Ward posted a picture of the modular PC alongside an iPhone to give viewers a sense of scale. The photo's caption simply reads, "Game development (phone for scale)." Might this be the Steam Box?
That's the consensus on the web. Whether it will be the official Steam Box, or the only Steam Box, is something that still isn't known, but the fact that a branded version has fallen into the hands of Infinity Ward is a pretty strong indication that it's at least a Steam Box. And given the popularity of the Call of Duty franchise, it would make sense that Infinity Ward would get a head start on making sure its games will run on such a device.
Time will tell what's going on, but in the meantime, here's how you can set up your own ultimate Steam Box.