I am not sure where to start with this one. The Xi3 corporation just opened a full retail presence in the Fashion Place Mall in Utah. The location will be the site for first access to the PISTON console. What is the PISTON console you ask, well no one is really sure what it is at this point. And whether it'll make a dent in SONY's PS4 or Microsoft's Xbox ONE plans is anyone's guess. But it probably won't.
Based on the Xi3 modular computer system we first posted about in 2011 on MegaTechNews, the Xi3 PISTON had a rocky history before it had even been released to the public. This year at CES 2013, they prematurely announced they would build the Steambox console for Valve starting with a $1,000 US price tag. Valve was then quick to announce this to be false and has gone on to create its own vision of the system.
The Xi3 PISTON does manage to impress us with its unique perspective, interesting design, and complete audacity to charge this sort of premium for what most PC users see as middle of the road hardware. The system is based on an AMD Trinity APU with HD 7000 integrated graphics, SSD, and 8 GBs of DDR3 RAM, and promises to play the entire library of Steam in full HD on up to three screens. There seems to be a piece missing to this puzzle as the specs don't quite match up to these boastful claims and that piece is software.
We're looking forward to be pleasantly surprised, but based on the lack of buzz happening around the Xi3 PISTON launch yesterday, it might have been a disappointment in front of the entire public. More info about the Xi3 PISTON and it's holiday mall hours at Fashion Place Mall below.