Well, technically speaking, the Xi3 Piston isn’t the official Steam Box that Valve is supposedly tinkering away on, but it sure does fill many of the requirements for said vapour-PC-console. The Piston has just been announced as having a launch date towards the end of the year, and that pint-sized box is going to arrive with a hefty price tag.
Prepare to spit your tea/coffee/morning vodka out with enough force to money-shot the face of anyone opposite you, because you’ll be paying a $1000 for the Piston when it arrives in time for your thirteenth cheque.
In current Rand terms, that amounts to R9096. That’s the price for the Standard Piston, which includes a SSD of 128 GB (Less after virtual memory tax, amirite?), 8GB of RAM and a 3.2Ghz Quad Core (R464) thingamajig.
On the plus side, pre-order before March 18, and you’ll shave a hundred Washingtons off of the final price, or just over R900. "Clearly, the computer/video gaming market is huge, both in the personal computer and traditional console markets," Xi3 CEO Jason Sullivan said in the obligatory press release.
That being said, we believe there is a crying need for a machine that captures the best of both worlds, with the upgradeability of computer gaming rigs and the design and form factor of consoles. We believe our Piston Consoles do exactly that-deliver the beauty and small size of consoles with the upgradeability of computers.
I won’t deny that you’re mostly likely going to get your money’s worth when you plonk down a $1000 for that device in the visual department, but man, that is pretty costly at the end of the day.
Although for that price tag, what kind of PC could you build?