The Xi3 Piston will be upgradeable

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We are Valve. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated into the fleshiness of Gabe Newell.

There’s no denying that the Xi3 is going to cost quite a bit of cash on launch. Over 9000 smiling Randelas to be exact. Still, for that price, you should get more than a small living room console with which to play games at resolutions higher than 320×480 (MY PC SUCKS!). Oh wait you will actually, because the Xi3 will space for upgrades.

Speaking to Siliconera, Chief marketing officer David Politis said that the Xi3 Piston would be “readily updatable, upgradeable and modifiable”. Which is why besides some cosmetic features for upgrading the exterior, the device will also feature modular boards for the eventual hardware upgrade.

Here’s a list of parts that users can replace on the Piston:

  • RAM
  • The APU, which happens to be socketed into place, not soldered
  • The processor board
  • Primary I/O board
  • Secondary I/O board

“As new technologies are introduced into the marketplace (USB, eSATA, video standards/ports, etc), we will evaluate these, and as we feel appropriate, we will create new Boards that will be available for purchase by our customers. This also holds true for new RAM and APUs,” Politis said.

“We may also allow other companies to create their own I/O Boards (if the opportunity makes sense to all involved).”

Sounds pretty decent, and even with my extremely limited knowledge of hardware, the idea of having a powerhouse PC that can be modified later down the line, is kind of intriguing. While numerous PC fans prepare to throw rocks at me and shout “WE’VE BEEN DOING THAT FOR YEARS YOU DAMN PILLOCK!”, you can see the new trailer for the device below as well.

Last Updated: March 12, 2013

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