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The Light Team by ~biggreenpepper
The “Steam Box” modular computer announced by hardware maker Xi3 and Valve at CES is codenamed “Piston” and is modeled after the PC maker’s X7A line of pint-sized computers, Xi3 reps tell Polygon.
Xi3 brought an early version of Piston to CES, but was tight lipped on details about the hardware currently in development with Valve. Xi3 chief marketing officer David Politis told Polygon that Piston will offer up to 1 TB of interal storage and offer modular component updates, including the option to upgrade the PC’s CPU and RAM.
Xi3 wouldn’t discuss price for Piston, but commented that the Steam Box is based on its “performance level” X7A offering, which is priced at $999. Xi3 declined to comment on what would differentiate Piston hardware-wise from a standard X7A.
Xi3 also offers the entry level X5A, which is priced at $499 with a Linux operating system.
The demo unit of Piston featured an IO board boasting one ethernet port, 1/8” audio in/out, SPDIF optical audio, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports (with one dedicated to keyboard input), four eSATAp ports, two Mini Display Port ports and one DisplayPort/HDMI port.
Steam for Linux Made Public
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few months, Steam has been porting its client over to GNU/Linux, a free and open source operating system, with the help of a closed beta program. Until now, only a few thousand users were allowed to participate, but today Steam has opened the client publicly. Currently there are only a handful of games available on the client, as they have to be ported to the operating system to work. Some of those games include Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Killing Floor, and Valve’s own Team Fortress 2. Along with the public release, Steam claims they will now be tracking bugs via GitHub. A download for the Steam for Linux Beta client can be found here, and more information on the release can be found here.
A 20 year old college student rebuilt Portal on a graphing calculator! If that’s not awesome enough, the full source code is free!