$999.99 for the Steam Box? As in dollars? *kicks over tables and chairs*
What do you get for $999.99?
- 128GB internal SSD storage
- Can be upgraded to 256GB for $340 or 512GB for $750
- 8GB RAM
- 3.2 GHz quad-core processor
The Xi3 is expected to be delivered in time for the holiday season. Pre-orders placed between now and the end of the SXSW festival in Austin (which concludes at 11:59 p.m. Central on Sunday, March 17th) will receive a $100 discount off their order.
A thousand dollars for the base system. For PC gamers with gaming rigs well into the thousands of dollars, this little device is still pretty pricey. Aside from being able to play Skyrim with a crapton of mods, my computer will also do things like, you know, run PhotoShop, word processing software, video editing suites, and so much more.
This little box plays games. That’s all it does for $999.99. I don’t know if I have the capacity to articulate what I’m thinking right now. I’ll be back later.
Here’s the press info on this new console:
Xi3 Corporation today announced it will begin accepting pre-orders for its PISTON™ Console (PC) at the Gaming Expo held today, tomorrow and Sunday during the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.
The list price of Xi3’s PISTON Console starts at $999.99. Any PISTON Console pre-order placed between now and the end of SXSW 2013 (11:59 p.m. CST, Sunday, March 17, 2013), will receive a $100 discount off the list price, with pre-ordered PISTON Consoles shipped in time for the 2013 Holiday Season. (The special PISTON Console pre-order page is found at http://xi3.com/buy_now-piston.php.)
“Given the amount of awards, media attention and gamer interest the PISTON Console has generated since it was unveiled at CES 2013 in January, we’ve become seriously concerned that we will not be able to meet the demand for PISTON Consoles this year,” said Jason A. Sullivan, founder, president and CEO of Xi3 Corporation. “That’s why we have decided to begin accepting pre-orders on our PISTON Console, beginning today with the start of the SXSW Gaming Expo. Gaming Expo attendees will also get the benefit of being the first to see the PISTON Console in action.”