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vesaker 01-08-2013 12:14 PM

The Xi3 - The Steambox
Vid from CES on game spot

So this is a new mini computer from Xi3 in partnership with Valve with the idea of bringing your Steam account to your HD TV. While this is already possible if you have a vid card with HDMI out but this system has a few advantages. Mentioned in the vid things like the size and power usage are really good. The fact that its completely modular as well, allowing singular boards to be replaced as needed, is also excellent.

I recently fell in love with Steam and the vast catalog they have. The only problem is i either have to be at my PC or have it close enough to my TV. Atm this isn't much of an issue but the possibilities that arise with this tiny fella are great!

I'll probably be picking this bad boy up.

outsyder 01-08-2013 12:24 PM

Gabe Newell you magnificent bastard.

DuncanIdaho 01-08-2013 12:25 PM

Its so tiny and cute that I want 3 of them, 1 to play and 2 to snuggle with

Silverload 01-09-2013 01:58 AM

God I love Valve. This just caused the extinction of my gaming consoles.

vesaker 01-09-2013 11:51 AM

Some more info from Valve CEO Gabe Newell himself


Gabe Newell discusses Valve's Steam Box intentions

January 9, 2013 3:17AM PST
By Martin Gaston, News Editor

Valve's own Steam Box will be based on Linux; company also looking into creating its own low-latency controller with biometric feedback.

Valve CEO Gabe Newell has shed some light on Valve's own plans towards the much-anticipated Steam Box, confirming that the beloved publisher intends to make its own device, but that third-party vendors will also be invited to create their own Steam-capable hardware.

In an interview with The Verge, Newell confirmed Valve's intentions to use Linux on its own machine but that users would be freely able to install a different OS, such as Microsoft's Windows, if they wish. "We'll come out with our own and we'll sell it to consumers by ourselves. That'll be a Linux box," Newell said. "If you want to install Windows you can. We're not going to make it hard. This is not some locked box by any stretch of the imagination."

Newell also spoke of Valve's plans to create low-latency controllers with biometric input, and that Valve's eventual device--which has the current codename of "Bigfoot" inside Valve--will function as a home server that can broadcast to multiple displays.

"The Steam Box will also be a server," said Newell. "Any PC can serve multiple monitors, so over time, the next-generation (post-Kepler) you can have one GPU thatís serving up eight simultaneous game calls. So you could have one PC and eight televisions and eight controllers and everybody getting great performance out of it. Weíre used to having one monitor, or two monitors - now weíre saying let's expand that a little bit."

Following on from hardware manufacturer Xi3's announcement of its own Steam-friendly hardware, Newell spoke of how Valve has its own three-tier approach to how it sees itself and other hardware companies integrating various aspects of the Steam platform. According to Newell, Valve sees the types of hardware as "'Good', 'Better,' or 'Best'."

"So, Good are like these very low-cost streaming solutions that youíre going to see that are using Miracast or [Nvidia's] Grid. I think weíre talking about in-home solutions where youíve got low latency. 'Better' is to have a dedicated CPU and GPU and thatís the one thatís going to be controlled. Not because our goal is to control it; itís been surprisingly difficult when we say to people 'donít put an optical media drive in there' and they put an optical media drive in there and youíre like 'that makes it hotter, that makes it more expensive, and it makes the box bigger.' Go ahead. You can always sell the Best box, and those are just whatever those guys want to manufacture."

And Valve's position on all this, according to Newell? "Let's build a thing thatís quiet and focuses on high performance and quiet and appropriate form factors."
The bit about the 8 tv's on 1 PC is pretty crazy. In the town i grew up in we had this place called E-LAN which was in essence an arcade but with computers. You paid by the hour and had upwards of 10-15 games to choose from with most the genre's represented.

Now the down side to this would be space and power consumption which this new PC has (or will be) taken care of. Imagine how many more places like this could pop up if it became far more cost effective via this new tech.

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