Following Nvidia’s example, Valve and Xi3 have unveiled Steam Box at this year’s CES. Valve’s Steam Box will be called Piston and can be considered as a mini-PC. In other words, this not a new console from Valve, a rumor that has been circulating on the Internet.
Even though Xi3 did not reveal Piston’s specs, Polygon reported that Piston is modeled after the PC maker’s X7A line of pint-sized computers, priced at $999.
The X7A features a Quad-Core processor with 384-core integrated graphics, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, a nice number of USB ports, and four eSATA ports for extra external storage.
The demo unit of Piston at CES 2013 featured an IO board with one ethernet port, 1/8″ audio in/out, SPDIF optical audio, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports (with one dedicated to keyboard input), four eSATAp ports, two Mini Display Port ports and one DisplayPort/HDMI port.
Enjoy the following images from Piston (courtesy of Reddit’s user ‘radnerd’) and stay tuned for more!
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