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Look at that thing. Just look at it.

Not many details as of yet, but I had to share it, because look at it! But some hardware specs for the demo unit are here: http://www.polygon.com/2013/1/7/3849284/piston-valve-steam-box-xi3

jdodson   Admin wrote on 01/09/2013 at 01:12am

Its beautiful. Plus has some really awesome hardware that comes with it. Looks to be on the expensive side now but ... that could come down as the mass produce them?

Regardless, this is awesome news!

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/09/2013 at 02:13am

There's no way this goes to market at 1k. It would just get laughed at.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 01/09/2013 at 02:19am

I agree. Ill pick one up as soon as I can for anything around $300.

SignalWarden wrote on 01/09/2013 at 08:39pm

They are saying you can upgrade it easily which is good because when they pulled it apart the video card didn't look all that powerful. I can't see how you can install a card with more juice that isn't made specifically for it though because the form factor is pretty tight. Wait and see I suppose.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 01/09/2013 at 08:48pm

I think we are entering a zone where the current tech we have now is ridiculously powerful. I don't mean the PS3 or XBox, you can cram much more power in a smaller device.

But even if it were just a PS3 or perhaps 2X a PS3 it would be beefy enough to play all the games out now plus the games going forward. I think Carmack said in a recent Quakecon that they would make games for the current consoles for another generation or so. I think the current PS3 power scale has some legs on it yet even if it is pretty underpowered by the standard the PC I am using sets. Or my Macbook for that matter.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/09/2013 at 09:25pm
jdodson   Admin wrote on 01/10/2013 at 02:00am

Hahahaha, double the RAM with all the style of fire engine red!

SignalWarden wrote on 01/10/2013 at 05:23pm

Hahaha. You better believe I had one of those. Donkey Kong Country wouldn't run without it!

Teodor_Spiridon wrote on 01/15/2013 at 06:22am

So, I checked out their website and what they currently sell is not that impressive. They're using older AMD Processors and pretty low end RAM and HDD parts. It is a neat looking product, but like others have said, it is just a really small form factor. I think something like the Intel NUC might be a better starting point for a game content consumption device.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 01/15/2013 at 04:21pm

Ah, well then its good others are building versions of this. I imagine the first generation might not be as powerful as it could be. Then again, it doesn't take much to get to the point of the current gen consoles. That said, I would like to see a Steam Box that would do 1080p and do it well for most games.

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