Computer manufacturer Xi3 has begun to take orders for its 'Piston' Steam box. The basic system will cost $1,000 when it ships, however Xi3 is offering a $100 discount to anyone pre-ordering before March 17. The basic box will feature a 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 128GB SSD. A 256GB SSD can also be added for an extra $340, and a 512GB drive for $750. The box is likely to feature up to 12 USB ports, two mini-DisplayPorts and a single HDMI/DisplayPort jack.
The Xi3 'Piston' was very well recieved on its debut at CES this January, but Xi3 declined to provide much information about the specifics. Surprisingly, the press release makes no mention of an affiliation with Steam, who originally helped Xi3 to bring the console to the market. The Steam platform is also not shown in any of the demonstrations Xi3 have given, instead, Xi3 have developed their own interface for playing games. Obviously, the box will still support Steam, but it appears to be unlikely that this will be the main platform for the system.