Neoseeker : News : Unofficial "Steam Box" Xi3 Piston available for pre-order at $999, Valve not involved however
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Spook Mar 11, 13
Just built a perfectly good gaming PC so I'll pass.

But damn, that sticker is hefty.
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ted2643 Mar 11, 13
Ouch those prices won't compete with consoles or building your own rig valve better watch pricing on these things marketing their name
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ziemlaj Mar 11, 13
for a grand I can built much more powerful machine, I don't care.. it does not need to be tiny
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starfighter Mar 11, 13
so this is for who morons
god this greed is getting out of hand
so ps4 is going to be about half that price
and so my 3year old upgraded pc that I built when drunk at 3am payed less than £400 and gets over 50fps on crisis 3 with every thing up to max and they want well over a 1,000 for this crap who do they think they are EA
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BlackScythe Mar 11, 13
I'm sure the cost is due to miniaturization... but holy cow that is almost double the price that hardware should be in a normal system.
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Slash Mar 11, 13
Hahaha.
And people were saying how they couldn't wait for the steambox and how it would dominate.
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Shadow of Death Mar 11, 13
From what I've been reading, the CPU they're using is a variant of the AMD A10-4600M yes?

Benchmarks with that show that it can play stuff like Batman: Arkham City at around 720p resolution, in DX11 mode, but would just barely make the 30FPS cut on high detail.

So yeah, it's neat how small it is and everything, but it's not a particularly good gaming rig considering the price (fine if you have the cash and want something for a LAN party, if people still do stuff like that).
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AznLiquid Mar 11, 13
I don't LAN nearly enough for this to be worth it, and whenever I do LAN, I just through my tower into my car trunk. Not that big of a deal. Pass.

quote Slash
Hahaha.
And people were saying how they couldn't wait for the steambox and how it would dominate.
Valve's official Steam Box will hopefully be more impressive and more affordable. Not sure if both are possible though. Were people really expecting the Steam Box to "dominate" ? There's no doubt that it's an uphill battle for Valve in a market that Sony and Microsoft have mastered, and custom built PCs are probably going to be cheaper than whatever hardware they can fit into a neat little package.
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Slash Mar 11, 13
quote AznLiquid
quote Slash
Hahaha.
And people were saying how they couldn't wait for the steambox and how it would dominate.
Valve's official Steam Box will hopefully be more impressive and more affordable. Not sure if both are possible though. Were people really expecting the Steam Box to "dominate" ? There's no doubt that it's an uphill battle for Valve in a market that Sony and Microsoft have mastered, and custom built PCs are probably going to be cheaper than whatever hardware they can fit into a neat little package.
I thought this was the "Steambox". :V
BUt yeah I some some people on this and different forums fanboying over the steambox saying how it'll it do great and more people will convert to it once they try but with a$1000 price tag.
GL even making a small dent on the homeconsole market.
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Skaruts Mar 11, 13
I suspect the graphics card is quite crappy though, since there's no mention of it.
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Shadow of Death Mar 11, 13
quote Skaruts
I suspect the graphics card is quite crappy though, since there's no mention of it.
It's an on-chip GPU. It's powerful enough to run Arkham City in DX11 720p on high, just barely. At least, the chip its based on is, the revision they're using might be a bit more powerful.
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BlackScythe Mar 11, 13
quote AznLiquid
I don't LAN nearly enough for this to be worth it, and whenever I do LAN, I just through my tower into my car trunk. Not that big of a deal. Pass.

quote Slash
Hahaha.
And people were saying how they couldn't wait for the steambox and how it would dominate.
Valve's official Steam Box will hopefully be more impressive and more affordable. Not sure if both are possible though. Were people really expecting the Steam Box to "dominate" ? There's no doubt that it's an uphill battle for Valve in a market that Sony and Microsoft have mastered, and custom built PCs are probably going to be cheaper than whatever hardware they can fit into a neat little package.
I think the problem here is how small they chose to make it. I mean seriously that thing easily fits in one hand. How did that seem like a good idea? As I mentioned earlier the cost is basically double what pricing out a normal system with the same specs would cost.

Just seeing that thing gives me a fair bit of concern, I know it's hardly official but that is an incredibly weak system that would fail to take advantage of many of the games Steam offers.
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nipsen Mar 11, 13
Pretty sure the concept is supposed to support an e-gpu module. So that you could have that apu/cpu core, and add a gcn amd card later. Then switch it out very easily afterwards. What I heard was that it was supposed to be made in such a way that you would buy Valve's e-gpus for convenience, but that it would support a general standard (like e-gpu setups do now).

And the $999 thing is supposed to be for the "performance" entry. Not the xi3, which is a lower priced version. They've been sketching out $499-$999 for the upper segment, and something very cheap for the lowest priced version.
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cromagdude Mar 11, 13
quote nipsen
And the $999 thing is supposed to be for the "performance" entry. Not the xi3, which is a lower priced version. They've been sketching out $499-$999 for the upper segment, and something very cheap for the lowest priced version.
Xi3 has other PCs at lower price points, but the Piston is marked on the site at $999.99. Right now it's $100 off till March 18, so it's only $899.99. Xi3's X5A is much cheaper, but also not as powerful as the Piston or the X7A.
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