Valve no longer involved with Xi3 PISTON gaming PC

At CES 2013 in January, PC maker Xi3 announced it has received an unknown amount of "investment" money from game developer Valve and was creating a PC that was being made specifically to run Valve's Steam service in its Big Picture Mode. In the past few days, Xi3 has been promoting its tiny PISTON gaming PC at South by Southwest in Austin, and is now taking pre-orders for that PC.

We noted at the time that Xi3's new press release made no mention of Valve's involvement with the company. Now we know why. In a statement to Eurogamer, Valve has revealed it is no longer doing business with Xi3. Valve's marketing head head Doug Lombardi stated, "Valve began some exploratory work with Xi3 last year, but currently has no involvement in any product of theirs."

Valve has announced it is working on its own hardware PC project, which the media has called a "Steam Box". Valve has offered little information on the hardware itself, however, saying only that it plans to have Linux as its operating system and that prototypes of the hardware could be released to a few members of the public sometime this summer.

Source: Eurogamer | Image via Xi3

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Most likely because it was severely underpowered for gaming and incredibly expensive for what it was.

Course this is all speculation, but I'm glad Valve cares about people's budgets.. and their own integrity.

At $999 this thing is going to appeal to a very small crowd. Core PC players can build or buy a quality machine for less than this, and console-only buyers will laugh at this price. For this to have a chance at competing with PS4 or Next Xbox they will have to halve the price, at least.

Doesn't surprise me that box is not strong enough to even play any game on steam it should be called a android market box lol what a waste of time

TurboShrimp said,
Doesn't surprise me that box is not strong enough to even play any game on steam it should be called a android market box lol what a waste of time

3.2GHz quad-core, 8GB ram, SSD. Yeh it's poor value for money for it's price but it can play most of whats in the steam library

Yeah but did you see the presentation. Tomb Raider played horribly. And the graphics uses shared memory for video ram. That always sucks. This was half backed. To make this expensive a box without a discrete gpu in it. What were they thinking.

blackjezuz said,
Yeah but did you see the presentation. Tomb Raider played horribly. And the graphics uses shared memory for video ram. That always sucks. This was half backed. To make this expensive a box without a discrete gpu in it. What were they thinking.

Agreed.
Not a bad PC spec, but graphics was shocking.
Why produce such a good spec PC only to be let down by one of the most important components.

It can't play most Steam games, it can simply run them. Most new games will run at under 30FPS on low settings. That's not good enough to be playable. It has a a 760G GPU which isn't even as good as most low end graphics cards.

The other specs are average at best. 8GB is nothing these days and it's dirt cheap to buy 8GB (£40/$55). The AMD quadcore is pretty low-end and not as fast as a mid-range Intel i5. You can build a way better gaming PC for about 60% of the price.

They went with 760g vs an APU? Are you sure about that? The APU + 6xxx card would be half decent, but 760g - that's ati 4800.. that can't be right..

spudtrooper said,
They went with 760g vs an APU? Are you sure about that? The APU + 6xxx card would be half decent, but 760g - that's ati 4800.. that can't be right..

he means 7760G,which is the integrated graphics of the APU