Valve will be teaming up with Xi3, a miniature PC Maker, to show off their new collaborative technology effort “Piston” at the CES 2013. Both companies have not given much detail regarding this project. However, Xi3 President Jason A. Sullivan had this to say about it:
This new development stage product will allow users to take full-advantage of their large high-definition TV displays for an amazing computer game experience as a result, this new system could provide access to thousands of gaming titles through an integrated system that exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand.
Could this “Piston” be the ever elusive yet recently confirmed Steam Box?
Another bit of information we have gathered is that the “Piston” would be like Xi3’s higher-end 7 series system. However, the final design and specs of the “Piston” would be different from any existing Xi3’s products. For any of you who are curious the Xi3’s 7 series specs are as follows:
AMD’s R-Series APUs, which are quad core processing chips that go up to 3.2GHz, with AMD’s 384 core Radeon HD 7660G graphics core built-in. The Series 7 supports up to 8GB of RAM, and can output video at resolutions as high as 4,096×2,160 from a system that requires only 40 watts of power and measures only 4.27×3.66×3.66-inches cubed.
We will have more information on this as it becomes available and do not forget this year’s CES to see it for yourself.
Source: cnet, computerandvideogames.