Xi3 revealed that its Piston console will release on Nov 29, offering “native triple monitor support,” 8 GB of RAM, and an 128 GB SSD. The Piston, Xi3 says, will be more “powerful than any other gaming console on the planet.”
The Piston, described as a “modular console,” allows users to upgrade their devices up to two 512 GB SSDs. Piston also includes a 3.2 GHz AMD Trinity CPU and a Radeon 7000 series GPU with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM.
From Xi3’s press release:
“The PISTON Console is just Xi3’s first step in what we believe will be a transformative technology revolution for the Living Room,” said Jason A. Sullivan, Xi3’s founder, president and CEO. “Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what I know is coming because it’s not time to tell you. But I will say this: the bar has been raised. PISTON is smaller, lighter, and will last longer, provide more gaming options and be more powerful than any other gaming console on the planet. The reason I feel confident in saying this is because we started with a clean slate, unlike competing manufacturers. And that Tabula Rasa approach is what sets PISTON apart from other gaming systems today and what will set us apart tomorrow.”
Xi3 built the Piston to support three ways of play styles: desktop, living room, and virtual reality.
“Additionally, PISTON was built for super-fast gaming by utilizing SSD storage and prioritizing gameplay traffic. PISTON also gives you 3 Ways to Play—at your desk, in your living room, or via a Virtual Reality setup. And you can still play with a controller or via keyboard and mouse, you decide. And naturally, we’ll ship PISTONs pre-loaded with pack-in games. The bottom line is I can’t wait to get this into the hands of gamers everywhere ‘cause I know they’re gonna love it.”
Early speculation talked of the Xi3 Piston as a “Steam Box,” a term which Xi3 credits to journalists. While Xi3 confirmed that this is indeed not the case, people could consider the Piston as the first “Steam Box,” as the console is capable of playing games through Steam.
“Xi3 has never described its Piston Console (PC) as the Steam box or a Steam Box, especially since it appears that Steam Box is a term created by journalists and not by Valve. To be clear, however, Piston console owners will be able to access and play games on/through Steam since it is a Web-based platform open to anyone with an Internet connection and a Steam account, either on a Windows- or a Linux-based system. So in this regard, Piston could be considered the first commercially available Steam Box.”
The first public showing of the Piston console will be at the Interop New York trade show this week, located at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in booth #401, Oct 2-3.
The public may pre-order Piston for $999 through its website.