Valve, and hardware developers Xi3, will be showing off a “Valve-backed” modular computer, designed to play Steam games in the living room using Steam’s “Big Picture Mode”. In other words, one of the fabled “SteamBox” units we’ve been hearing so much about of late.
The unit is apparently “the size of a grapefruit” and although isn’t ready yet, probably won’t change much in terms of how the chassis looks.
“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.”
It’s currently codenamed Piston.
In terms of tech it’s apparently close to the X7A line, with current rumours suggesting the device will cost around $1,000, and feature 1TB of internal storage with room for RAM expansion down the line.
The unit on show at CES has HDMI out, two mini display ports, eight USB ports, ethernet and regular and optical audio out. These are obviously subject to change.