‘Piston’ Steam Console Will be Modular, Compared Against Its Predecessor

Piston vs Xi3More news is in about Valve and Xi3′s joint living room PC, codenamed ‘Piston’. It’s not just a fancy name, Steam’s couch-longing has brought it into partnership with Xi3, a company that’s recently produced a modular computer (the blue one).

Early details about Steam’s console Piston (the red one) says that it’s based on Xi3′s line of computers. They certainly look alike.

Piston will have up to 1 TB of storage and will have an option to update the CPU and RAM capabilities. No word yet on how that works exactly. Xi3 hasn’t yet been forthcoming on the unit’s theoretical price though the unit that it’s based on costs $999.

Polygon has word that the Piston demo unit featured at CES has the following ports:

  • Ethernet
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • Four eSATAp ports
  • Two Mini Display Ports
  • DisplayPort/HDMI port

For comparison, the Xi3 Modular Computer that Piston may be based on has the following specs:

  • 1.8 Dual or 1.0ghz Single core 64-bit x86-based processor
  • AMD 780E NorthBridge and SB710 SouthBridge chipsets
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM
  • 1MB of L2 Cache
  • 20 Watt or 8 Watt power draw (dual-core/single core)
  • Dual 2560×1600 display output

All-in-all we must expect that Piston will be fairly strong. It has to be if it wants to play some of the higher end Steam controller-enabled titles like Dishonored, Borderlands 2 and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

Read the rest of Xi3′s Modular Computer specs on their website.

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