Valve has just taken one more step in its bid to control the world.
Yes, the company known for Half-Life, Portal, and much more have recently invested in a modular PC vendor named Xi3 to produce, most likely, a stepping stone to a true "Steam Box".
For those wondering what a "Steam Box" is, I shall explain. Valve has a service called Steam in which they distribute games from AAA titles such as Assassin's Creed III all the way down to the tiniest indie game. They also have some crazy deals that happen almost everyday and keep people coming back for more. Now, a "Steam Box" would be a console developed by Valve themselves and would be able to handle all those games in an easy and convenient way and directly compete with the big 3 console manufactures, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.
The Piston seems to be the first step in the right direction. It will take advantage of Steam's Big Picture mode in which Valve made Steam optimized for televisions to easily play your favorite games on the "big screen".
That's about all we know so far about this intriguing system. Valve or Xi3 isn't ready to divulge release dates or pricing, but I'm sure we will hear much more about this in the near future.
This is an exciting step in gaming, and if it's priced correctly it could cause some ripples in the console wars and make PC gaming much more accessible to those who love gaming on their HD television.
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