Valve and X13 unveil the Steam Box

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The much rumoured Steam Box is a reality, and has now been unveiled…

PC gaming giant, Valve, has teamed up with X13 to develop the Steam Box, codenamed Piston. The unit, which the online community has been talking about for some time now, will be a dedicated console that takes full advantage of Steam’s Big Picture Mode.

This pint-sized unit will effectively allow people to play a huge collection of PCs games on their TVs without the PC getting in the way.

"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" claimed Xi3 CEO, Jason A. Sullivan, talking to Polygon.

"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."

The unit is a small, Cube-like SFF system and possesses a number of inputs and outputs, including USB 2 and 3, eSATA, optical audio, HDMI and if course, Ethernet. It’ll also boast 1TB internal storage and be upgradeable thanks to a modular system.

As you can see from the image (via Polygon), it really can fit into your hand, making it comparable to the OUYA in size, but the obvious market-winner is the Valve and Steam connection, and surely an affordable home console that grants access to Steam, and the masses of titles within, will be a big hit. The console market is set to get very interesting indeed.

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will it have a dedicated controller? Cos the reason i hate playing games on the pc is the keyboard sucks!

Analog Sticks are the reason I don't play console FPS cant stand them, This'll be great as its a downer having cash out every 3-5 years for new gear. The Higher end Model will hopefully be reasonably priced. The lower end model is like $500/£250 so that's great.

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