Xi3 to Reveal Additional Details About Piston Gaming PC on Monday

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stradric

The only thing that seems different is that now they don't offer 256 and 512 MB SSD upgrades. Otherwise it's the same set of specs at $999.

It's worth noting that you can save upwards of $200/year buying games in Steam sales vs full retail price on a console. So while a $1000 gaming PC sounds crazy compared to a $400 PS4, it's actually quite sane.

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PCLinuxguy

Waited for the timer to count down to see the reveal. Once it reached all zeros nothing happened. I reloaded the page and it won't load because the DNS lookup failed from their site. Way to serve up some major fail there Xi3.

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definingsound

Interesting that the timer on the xi3.com web page was even counting seconds away. It reached 0:00:00.000 and no announcement on the web page.

Not that I don't like watching pretty timers, I still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

Marketing team for xi3 might be better off, you know, planning to do something with their web portal when they have a week-long countdown that reaches zero.

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PCLinuxguy

I'd rather use an i5 loaded Zotac ZBOX SFF PC than the Xi3. Sure the Piston looks pretty cook aesthetically, but it costs far too kuch, even for the first run of them and I'd rather have some better options.

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TheMissingPiece

Gah, while I appreciate Xi3's innovation in terms of cramming a PC in such a small form factor, I hate how they're marketing the Piston as a "Steambox." Just because Valve provided some funding to Xi3 doesn't make it special, although Xi3 seems to think so. They even ripped off the logo Valve was teasing last week! If I were Valve, I'd try harder to disassociate from Xi3 - This box and its price may taint the Steambox's reputation.

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PCLinuxguy

Actially Google was going to use the Xi3 for Chrome OS as the "desktop" version roughly around the tiemframe before their CR-48 was announced as they were wanting to do laptops and desktops with Chrome OS. Though it seems they'll stick to the laptop/netbook form factor.

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CaptainFabulous

There is no magic in a SteamBox. It's just a PC, likely a small form or media center design to make it appealing in the living room. But any PC or laptop can run SteamOS and be a "SteamBox".

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limitbreaker

Thank you CaptainObvious

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captainjack

You would think that it's obvious however, i've seen far too many posts on here and PC gamer that show people really don't fully understand what a Linux OS is. People say stuff like "Why would I get this when it only plays games" they truly don't understand the concept.

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limitbreaker

I looked at their web site and although I wouldn't buy one, I do see some appeal to such a device. You can attach it to the back of your monitor and pretend that you've got an all in one pc. They have a non gamer version for just over 500$ and the one we're looking at here has a "7000 series" discrete graphics, although they didn't specify which one.

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AFDozerman

It's stupid simple to build a steambox. They probably saw all of the interest generated by thinking that the piston was a steam box and decided too make a handful of them steambooxes to save on all of the money they would have missed selling boxes with windows and to cash in on the wave generated by the whole steam machines initiative.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

yeah, its way too expensive. Whatever hardware valve is coming out with should be less expensive

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legionera

+ 6

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eastbayrae

$1k for that? Good luck with that.