Xi3 opens $999.99 pre-orders for Piston, the first ‘Steam Box’ gaming computer


Xi3, one of the first batch of companies working with Valve on a “Steam Box” console, has opened pre-orders for its gaming-optimized PC. The Piston, which was first shown off at CES in January, uses a small enclosure like that of Xi3’s other modular computers. The $ 999.99 price tag gets you a 128GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, with more details forthcoming; we’ve previously heard that it will be optimized to work with Steam and Big Picture Mode. Pre-order customers can upgrade the size of the SSD to 256GB or 512GB, but the latter almost doubles the price of the machine, adding $ 750. Further details will be forthcoming as the Piston nears release around the end of 2013.

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