Valve-backed living room PC system debuts today
Valve and Xi3 will today show off a modular computer designed for Steam and the big screen TV in your living room - a "Steambox", in other words.
The hardware was developed by Xi3 but financially backed by Valve. It's not ready for launch yet, and Xi3 is calling the hardware shown at CES 2013 a "development stage" product. But there's a picture of the chassis available; it's said to be the size of a grapefruit. Check it out below.
The new product hasn't got a name yet, but is designed specifically for Steam and its Big Picture mode, with Xi3 making specific reference to home use as well as LAN parties.
"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," Xi3 CEO Jason A. Sullivan said.
The modular computer will be on show at Vakve's CES 2013 booth, but beyond a mention of Valve's investment, Xi3 has refused to give further comment on the two companies collaboration, or anything about the system's specifications.
It's not clear if this is the hardware referenced in yesterday's reports of a Linux-based Steambox to debut in 2013.