CES 2013: The Steam Box is called Piston and is made by Xi3, specs inside

Valve has contracted third-party company Xi3 to develop the Steam Box which is called Piston at this stage.

We reported earlier that the Steam Box will be linux-based and it looks that was completely true, and we also have the specs of the said box. It looks really tiny, and slightly bigger than the OUYA and you can hold it with one hand.

There’s a lot of power packed into it as the specs are quite phenomenal. Yes you also have to pay approx. $500 – $1000 to get your hands on one of these. The box is still in the development stage and we have no idea of when it will be released.

“This new development stage product will allow users to take full-advantage of their large high-definition TV displays for an amazing computer game experience. As a result, this new system could provide access to thousands of gaming titles through an integrated system that exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand,” Jason A. Sullivan,  Xi3 CEO, said.

Here are the specifications and image of the same, courtesy of Polygon.

“The demo unit of Piston featured an IO board boasting one ethernet port, 1/8″ audio in/out, SPDIF optical audio, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports (with one dedicated to keyboard input), four eSATAp ports, two Mini Display Port ports and one DisplayPort/HDMI port.”

That looks pretty decent for what is a tiny box. Here’s what it looks like, and you have to admit the design is very cute.

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