Xi3's Steam Box contender Piston up for pre-orders

Piston

The new tv-based micro-PC will retail at $1000 for Christmas 2013.

Micro-PC manufacturers Xi3 has opened up pre-orders for its Steam-integrated box Piston,with the PC-console hybrid starting at $999.99.

Open from now at the SXSW gaming festival until its close on March 17th, pre-orders will see the first batch of micro-PC owners getting their machines in time for Christmas 2013.

According to the company, this move comes as the console's media coverage suggests demand will exceed supply.

"Given the amount of awards, media attention and gamer interest the Piston Console has generated since it was unveiled at CES 2013 in January, we've become seriously concerned that we will not be able to meet the demand for Piston Consoles this year," said Jason Sullivan, founder, president and CEO of Xi3 Corporation.

Sullivan says that despite the strong popularity of both traditional gaming consoles and gaming PCs, there is strong demand for device that captures "the best of both worlds".

He continued: "We believe our Piston Consoles do exactly that - deliver the beauty and small size of consoles with the upgrade-ability of computers."

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