• We've upgraded our forums. Please post any issues/requests in this thread.

Xi3 Taps "Black Friday" as General Availability Date for its PISTON Console

Joined
Dec 6, 2011
Messages
4,785 (2.17/day)
Likes
1,187
Location
Still on the East Side
#1
Xi3 Corporation today announced that its PISTON Console will be available for purchase beginning on Black Friday: November 29, 2013. Xi3 customers who pre-ordered a PISTON Console during or before the SXSW 2013 Gaming Expo will receive their PISTON Consoles on or before November 15, 2013.

"The PISTON Console is just Xi3's first step in what we believe will be a transformative technology revolution for the Living Room," said Jason A. Sullivan, Xi3's founder, president and CEO. "Unfortunately, I can't tell you what I know is coming because it's not time to tell you. But I will say this: the bar has been raised. PISTON is smaller, lighter, and will last longer, provide more gaming options and be more powerful than any other gaming console on the planet. The reason I feel confident in saying this is because we started with a clean slate, unlike competing manufacturers. And that Tabula Rasa approach is what sets PISTON apart from other gaming systems today and what will set us apart tomorrow.

Show full news post
 
Joined
Jul 2, 2010
Messages
4,012 (1.47/day)
Likes
630
Location
UK
System Name PC
Processor AMD FX 8320E @4.3ghz
Motherboard Asrock 970 extreme3
Cooling Phanteks PH-TC12DX, 3 x NZXT FN 140mm, 1x NZXT FV V2 120mm
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance Blue 1600mhz
Video Card(s) ASUS R9 290 DCII-OC 4GB
Storage 128GB Kingston V200 SSD 1TB WD Blue, 750GB Maxtor
Display(s) LG 27MB85Z 27" 1440p
Case NZXT Source 340
Power Supply Thermaltake 675w
Mouse Logitech G500S
Keyboard Logitech G510S
Software Windows 8.1 64 bit
#2
ship standard with 128 GB of SSD storage
That's not really enough

Or am i misreading it and there is a mechanical HDD somewhere?

EDIT: And is that just a straight APU. for $1000?
 
Joined
Dec 29, 2006
Messages
693 (0.17/day)
Likes
166
Location
Atlanta, GA, USA
Processor Intel 6700K
Motherboard Asus Maximus VIII Impact
Cooling Noctua NH-L9x65
Memory 2 x 16 GB G.Skill TridentZ @ 3200 MHz
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini
Case Thermaltake Suppressor F1
Power Supply SilverStone 600w SFX
#3
Am I missing the point of this thing? :confused:
 
Joined
Jul 2, 2010
Messages
4,012 (1.47/day)
Likes
630
Location
UK
System Name PC
Processor AMD FX 8320E @4.3ghz
Motherboard Asrock 970 extreme3
Cooling Phanteks PH-TC12DX, 3 x NZXT FN 140mm, 1x NZXT FV V2 120mm
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance Blue 1600mhz
Video Card(s) ASUS R9 290 DCII-OC 4GB
Storage 128GB Kingston V200 SSD 1TB WD Blue, 750GB Maxtor
Display(s) LG 27MB85Z 27" 1440p
Case NZXT Source 340
Power Supply Thermaltake 675w
Mouse Logitech G500S
Keyboard Logitech G510S
Software Windows 8.1 64 bit
#4
Am I missing the point of this thing? :confused:
I'm not sure, but "With native triple monitor support, the PISTON Console offers a truly immersive experience. Surround yourself with vivid visuals supported by 384 graphics cores that deliver stunningly smooth gameplay and uninterrupted gaming action." is a bit interesting

I'm not sure how fast a triple screen set up would move with 384 graphics cores
 
Joined
Mar 7, 2013
Messages
43 (0.02/day)
Likes
1
System Name The not quite amazing rig
Processor AMD FX-6300@stock
Motherboard ASUS M5A97 plus
Cooling stock
Memory 8GB PNY DDR3 @1600mhz
Video Card(s) MSI Twin Frozr HD 7850@stock
Storage Samsung Spinpoint 1TB@7200RPM
Display(s) iiyama Prolite E2208HDD
Case Shitty gigabyte case
Audio Device(s) Onboard Audio
Power Supply Zalman 80+ 600W PSU
Software Windows 7, Crunchbang.
#5
That's not really enough

Or am i misreading it and there is a mechanical HDD somewhere?

EDIT: And is that just a straight APU. for $1000?
And they're going to sell this extremely overpriced PC with the best weapons ever, buzzwords, big numbers and hypotheticals. Just an APU? Nope, it's a quad core x86-64 with 384 graphics cores, big numbers means big performance you see. A slot for up to 1TB of SSD storage(which is not included)!!!!!! 128GB SSD, THAT'S AN SSD PEOPLE!!!!! IT GOES FAST!!!!! What are you waiting for? This thing will revolutionize the way you view slideshows(slideshows that look like games when played on a proper rig). It's not an offical steam machine, but you can dualboot SteamOS on it with your amazing 128GB SSD!!!!!



That being said, I'm glad valve isn't partnered with these charlatans anymore and they can't use the Steam Machine certification..... yet.
 
Joined
Jul 21, 2010
Messages
386 (0.14/day)
Likes
115
Location
Romania
Processor Intel Core i5 4570
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3
Cooling Stock
Memory 8GB Kingston ValueRAM CL9 1333MHz DDR3
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GeForce GTS450OC-1GL
Storage 1TB WD Black + 1.5TB WD Black + Kingston V300 120GB
Display(s) T200HD
Case Delux MZ401
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Enermax NAXN 500W
Software Windows 8 Pro x64
#6
Its an i7 ULV with a Kepler 384 Shader part. At least that was in the rumors, not an AMD APU.
 
Joined
Aug 17, 2009
Messages
1,577 (0.52/day)
Likes
461
Location
Los Angeles/Orange County CA
System Name Vulcan
Processor i6 6600K
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z170X UD3
Cooling Thermaltake Frio Silent 14
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB)
Video Card(s) ASUS Strix GTX 970
Storage Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 1TB SSD
Display(s) QNIX 27 Inch 1440p
Case Fractal Design Define S
Audio Device(s) On Board
Power Supply Cooler Master V750
Software Win 10 64-bit
#7
So many revolutions going on in my living room.

Think I need to vacuum.
 
Joined
Nov 21, 2007
Messages
3,684 (1.00/day)
Likes
402
Location
Smithfield, WV
System Name Felix777
Processor Core i5-3570k@stock
Motherboard Biostar H61
Memory 8gb
Video Card(s) XFX RX 470
Storage WD 500GB BLK
Display(s) Acer p236h bd
Case Haf 912
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Rosewill CAPSTONE 450watt
Software Win 10 x64
#8
wow...this better be like a maxwell Top-end GPU to cost $1000 dollars. granted no one could build such a tiny and capable pc...but i'm betting more people are willing to spare another 6 cubic inches in their house for an HTPC that costs 65% less and is every bit and more capable.
 
Joined
Mar 10, 2010
Messages
4,984 (1.76/day)
Likes
1,551
Location
Manchester uk
System Name Quad GT evo V
Processor FX8350 @ 4.8ghz1.525c NB2.64ghz Ht2.84ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte 990X Gaming
Cooling 360EK extreme 360Tt rad all push/pull, cpu,NB/Vrm blocks all EK
Memory Corsair vengeance 32Gb @1333 cas9
Video Card(s) Rx vega 64 waterblockedEK + Rx580 waterblockedEK
Storage samsung 840(250), WD 1Tb+2Tb +3Tbgrn 1tb hybrid
Display(s) Samsung uea28"850R 4k freesync, samsung 40" 1080p
Case Custom(modded) thermaltake Kandalf
Audio Device(s) Xfi creative 7.1 on board ,Yamaha dts av setup
Power Supply corsair 1000Rmx
Mouse CM optane
Keyboard CM optane
Software Win 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores 15.69K best overall sandra so far
#9
Its an i7 ULV with a Kepler 384 Shader part. At least that was in the rumors, not an AMD APU.
For a thousand dollars I would want more than an I7:)wtf:I5no) Ulv Quad, and at 384 shaders(either vendor) its not getting anywhere near console performance imho.
 

NotBasic

New Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2013
Messages
4 (0.00/day)
Likes
1
#10
Its an i7 ULV with a Kepler 384 Shader part. At least that was in the rumors, not an AMD APU.
Sadly if you look carefully they state what's in it.

"3.2Ghz Quad Core (R464)"

This is AMD's highest end based on TRINITY, and also is a mobile part.

This is AMD's R-464L just look it up, 3.2 at turbo and 384 shaders.
 
Joined
Sep 30, 2013
Messages
14 (0.01/day)
Likes
1
#11
Its an i7 ULV with a Kepler 384 Shader part. At least that was in the rumors, not an AMD APU.
Nope:

From
http://www.xi3.com/piston

"Gaming supremacy starts with a powerful system, and Xi3’s PISTON Console comes packed with a 3.2 GHz AMD Trinity Processor, Radeon 7000-Series GPU and 8GB DDR3 Gaming RAM. Never lag behind gaming standards with the only console that’s also an upgradeable Modular™ Computer that keeps up with the latest technology in the industry."

AND

http://www.xi3.com/piston/resource/1380561154000/pFAQ

AND
http://xi3.com/buy_now-piston.php

Primary Storage: 128GB SSD
Hard Drive Standard- Internal 128GB SSD
8GB RAM
3.2Ghz Quad Core (R464)
 
Joined
Nov 1, 2008
Messages
420 (0.13/day)
Likes
121
System Name It does stuff
Processor AMD FX-8320
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3
Cooling Antec Kuhler 620 + Fans Everywhere
Memory 16GB Crucial 1600Mhz DDR3
Video Card(s) Sapphire RX 580 Nitro+ 4GB
Storage Samsung 840 Pro 256GB, Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Display(s) Viewsonic VX2757, AOC 2243W
Case Antec Three Hundred Version Two
Audio Device(s) ASUS Xonar DG PCI / Sony MDR-XB500s
Power Supply EVGA 600W
Mouse Redragon Phoenix
Keyboard Steelseries Apex Raw
Software Win10 64 Professional
#12
It's basically $300 worth of components sold for $1000. Anyone in their right mind will avoid this for the plague that it is.
 
Joined
Dec 6, 2005
Messages
9,800 (2.23/day)
Likes
3,786
Location
Manchester, NH
System Name Working on it ;)
Processor I7-4790K
Motherboard MSI Z97
Cooling Be Quiet Pure Rock Air
Memory 16GB 4x4 G.Skill CAS9 2133 Sniper
Video Card(s) Intel IGP (Dedicated GPU TBD)
Storage WD 320 / 500KS / 500KS / 640KS / 640LS / 640LS / 640LS / 1TBFAEX and a NAS with 2x2Tb WD Black
Display(s) 24" DELL 2405FPW
Case Rosewill Challenger
Audio Device(s) Onboard + HD HDMI
Power Supply Corsair HX750 (love it)
Mouse Logitech G5
Software Win 7 Pro
#14
Joined
Nov 4, 2005
Messages
9,950 (2.25/day)
Likes
2,309
System Name MoFo 2
Processor AMD PhenomII 1100T @ 4.2Ghz
Motherboard Asus Crosshair IV
Cooling Swiftec 655 pump, Apogee GT,, MCR360mm Rad, 1/2 loop.
Memory 8GB DDR3-2133 @ 1900 8.9.9.24 1T
Video Card(s) HD7970 1250/1750
Storage Agility 3 SSD 6TB RAID 0 on RAID Card
Display(s) 46" 1080P Toshiba LCD
Case Rosewill R6A34-BK modded (thanks to MKmods)
Audio Device(s) ATI HDMI
Power Supply 750W PC Power & Cooling modded (thanks to MKmods)
Software A lot.
Benchmark Scores Its fast. Enough.
#15
39



Yeah.......


I think its going to be a piece of something.


So I see they added a second SATA connector, and they said they doubled the storage by adding it, but I am unaware of where they state its doubled, only that it could go up to 1TB, and by those simple but unclear statements I could have 10X the storage as I have the SATA ports for it!!!


And hey, we added a card slot so after paying more than the cost of a much faster PC, you could either put in a slow memory chip, or pay MORE for a kinda fast memory chip.
 

RCoon

Gaming Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Apr 19, 2012
Messages
11,370 (5.50/day)
Likes
9,511
Location
Gypsyland, UK
System Name HP Omen 17
Processor i7 7700HQ
Memory 16GB 2400Mhz DDR4
Video Card(s) GTX 1060
Storage Samsung SM961 256GB + HGST 1TB
Display(s) 1080p IPS G-SYNC 75Hz
Audio Device(s) Bang & Olufsen
Power Supply 230W
Mouse Roccat Kone XTD+
Software Win 10 Pro
#16
Just so everyone knows, Xi3 is a fake company, it's one single guy working from his basement. These Piston boxes are just mini-pc's bought from alibaba.com, hence why on the website it says preorder. Because he has no stock, he orders them from a factory. He went to some marketing show - invited by Valve - and they handed out cheques, but Gabe insisted that these cheques DID NOT IMPLY endorsement of any kind, merely to keep making advancements. Of course Xi3 lied and claimed he was the manufacturer etc, and decided to hop on the Steambox bandwagon, despite Valve saying in March, they had nothing to do with the Xi3.

News websites need to stop giving the Xi3 publicity, because its one giant troll. This thing wont last longer, because its not good enough to run Doom 3D(huge exaggeration), let alone anything else.

It has the same specs as the AMD A10-4600M if you want to look that up for performance comparisons
 
Joined
Aug 17, 2009
Messages
2,553 (0.84/day)
Likes
1,013
Location
United States
System Name Aluminum Mallard
Processor Intel i7 940
Motherboard ASUS Rampage III: Gene
Cooling Noctua C-12P
Memory 6GB Corsair Dominator DDR3
Video Card(s) ASUS HD5870
Storage OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD, 2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 in RAID0
Display(s) HP w2338h
Case Corsair 700D
Audio Device(s) On Board
Power Supply Corsair TX850
Software Win7 Ult 64 bit
Benchmark Scores 31 FPS in Dalaran.
#17
Ha. These dudes came out and said Valve had subsidized the development of the "console" to which Valve said no, and now just after Valve announces SteamOS, Steam Machines and their controller these guys announce pre order availability.

GG Xi3, using interest in Valve's developments to try and push this onto the market. I seriously hope Valve has a Nintendo-like Seal of Quality or whatever they used to have on officially licensed hardware.
 

RCoon

Gaming Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Apr 19, 2012
Messages
11,370 (5.50/day)
Likes
9,511
Location
Gypsyland, UK
System Name HP Omen 17
Processor i7 7700HQ
Memory 16GB 2400Mhz DDR4
Video Card(s) GTX 1060
Storage Samsung SM961 256GB + HGST 1TB
Display(s) 1080p IPS G-SYNC 75Hz
Audio Device(s) Bang & Olufsen
Power Supply 230W
Mouse Roccat Kone XTD+
Software Win 10 Pro
#18
Ha. These dudes came out and said Valve had subsidized the development of the "console" to which Valve said no, and now just after Valve announces SteamOS, Steam Machines and their controller these guys announce pre order availability.

GG Xi3, using interest in Valve's developments to try and push this onto the market. I seriously hope Valve has a Nintendo-like Seal of Quality or whatever they used to have on officially licensed hardware.
I hope somebody swiftly crushes Xi3 into nonexistence, and we never get news reports about them again unless they are being liquidated into mulch.
 
Joined
Sep 15, 2011
Messages
4,357 (1.91/day)
Likes
1,074
Processor Intel Core i7 3770k @ 4.3GHz
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V LK
Memory 16GB(2x8) DDR3@2133MHz 1.5v Patriot
Video Card(s) MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G
Storage 59.63GB Samsung SSD 830 + 465.76 GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO + 2TB Hitachi + 300GB Velociraptor HDD
Display(s) Acer Predator X34 3440x1440@100Hz G-Sync
Case NZXT PHANTOM410-BK
Audio Device(s) Creative X-Fi Titanium PCIe
Power Supply Corsair 850W
Mouse Anker
Software Win 10 Pro - 64bit
Benchmark Scores 30FPS in NFS:Rivals
#19
1000$?!? You kidding me? I suspect for that price that the GPU is a 7970M, but can even be shittier...
Waiting for reviews.
 

AsRock

TPU addict
Joined
Jun 23, 2007
Messages
15,314 (4.00/day)
Likes
4,724
Location
US
Processor 2500k \ 3770k
Motherboard ASRock Z68 \ Z77
Memory Samsung low profile 1600
Video Card(s) XFX 6770 \ XFX R9 290X
Storage Intel 80Gb (SATA2) WD 250Gb \ Team SSD+Samsung Evo 250Gb+500Gb+ 2xCorsair Force+WD250GbHDD
Display(s) Samsung 1080P \ Toshiba HDTV 1080P
Case HTPC400 \ Thermaltake Armor case ( original ), With Zalman fan controller ( wattage usage ).
Audio Device(s) Yamaha RX-V475 \ Marantz SR5008 Tannoy Mercury MKII Paradigm 5SE + Tannoy Mercury F4
Power Supply PC&Power 750w \ Seasonic 750w MKII
Mouse MS intelimouse \ Logitech G700s + Steelseries Sensei wireless
Keyboard Logitech K120 \ ROCCAT MK Pro ( modded amber leds )
Benchmark Scores Meh benchmarks.
#20
It's basically $300 worth of components sold for $1000. Anyone in their right mind will avoid this for the plague that it is.
Well no chance of it becoming the plague either at that price HAHA.