Right, so about that “Steambox”

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Xi3’s Piston; the somewhat modular, cuboid mini PC is releasing soon. It’s terribly expensive, costing $999 for the base model, going all the way up to a bank-balance destroying $1750 for one packing a 500Gb SSD. Expensive as it is, some are still considering one for purchase – mostly because of some weird loyalty to Valve. They’re backing this, so it has to be good, right? Truth is, Valve has nothing to do with the Piston. Not a thing at all.

Valve has now distanced itself completely from Xi3’s Piston – saying it has nothing to do with them. Valve’s Doug Lombardi told Eurogamer that once upon time, Valve had plans in place with the Xi3 Corporation – but they ended up fruitless.

“Valve began some exploratory work with Xi3 last year, but currently has no involvement in any product of theirs,” he said.

So not only is the Piston terribly expensive, but it no longer has that once-perceived Valve backing – making it just a really, really expensive mini PC. The Steambox is little more than a really expensive cube full of hot air. Cube? Hot Air? Are we sure Peter Molyneux isn’t behind this?

Have I just Piston your hopes and dreams, or do you still want one?

Valve is still busy working on its own Steambox – which it has always assured would be “affordable.”

Last Updated: March 12, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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