Turns Out That $1,000 'Steam Box' May Have Nothing to Do With Valve

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In January, hardware manufacturer Xi3 announced the Piston, a living-room-friendly PC built to play Steam games in your living room. The Piston, Xi3 said at the time, had received a financial investment from Valve.

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Just a few days ago, Xi3 said this unofficial 'Steam Box' would be out this holiday season for $1,000.

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But according to a new report, Valve may have nothing to do with the Piston at all, despite Xi3's claims.

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

We have contacted both Valve and Xi3 for comment, and will update if we hear back.

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Valve-backed Xi3 Piston console starts at $1000 [Eurogamer]

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stephentotilo
Stephen Totilo

I see some folks are saying that it was obvious Valve and Xi3 weren't really working together or hadn't been for some time. The fact is that, in January, for CES, Valve and Xi3 were trumpeting some sort of shared involvement: http://www.xi3.com/news.php?id=780

"NEWS RELEASE: Xi3 and Valve to Unveil New Product at CES 2013—An Xi3 Development Stage Computer Game System Optimized for Steam Gameplay in Big Picture Mode"

...plus...

"Xi3 also announced today it has received an investment from Valve Corporation"

...

That was January. Today, Valve says they began exploratory work with them "last year" and makes no reference to the CES announcement. Valve was at CES. Xi3 were there, too. They were definitely doing something together there.

This is a new, confusing development that suggests that, while there may be many Steambox manufacturers, it appears less likely that Xi3 will be one of them.