Valve not involved with Piston Steam Box

Valve has cleared up its relationship (or lack thereof) with hardware manufacturer Xi3 and Piston. Valve invested in Xi3's designs for the "Steam Box" and the two companies collaborated for a time, but that's all.

"Valve began some exploratory work with Xi3 last year, but currently has no involvement in any product of theirs," Valve director of marketing Doug Lombardi told Eurogamer.

This comes a day after Xi3 revealed the Big-Picture-mode-optimized living room PC's pricing will begin at $1,000--prompting some quizzical responses, to the say the least, within our comments section and abroad.

Valve intends to design and manufacture its own Steam Box, though it sounds like the developer has more elaborate plans than simply running its service in a smaller physical package.


  • talleyXIV - March 12, 2013 5:41 p.m.

    Soooo is this supposed to be a console beater or another computer? Confused
  • brickman409 - March 13, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    it just an extremely tiny gaming PC. Its so small that you can mount it to the back of a monitor or TV with a vesa mount, which is kinda neat.
  • Redeater - March 12, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    My question is who exactly was this aimed at? Along with being handsome, well informed and and smarter than your average gamer....most PC Steam users would know right from the get go that this was an insanely over-priced and under-powered piece of hardware.
  • christian-shaffer - March 12, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    Valve never officially backed this. They said they were looking into it and were thinking about possible endeavors. Just another thing the internet blew out of proportion.
  • shawksta - March 12, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    So i guess they realize it wouldnt work, but we'll see what the future holds
  • DrunkenSquirrel - March 12, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    It's $1000 for an AMD APU build with an onboard 7660?, No thanks.

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