A few days ago, Xi3’s Piston, the $US1000 wonder machine capable of playing PC games in your living room via Steam’s Big Picture mode, was announced for a Christmas release. And while it’s certainly still a “box”, there might be issues with the “Steam” part, or at least the “Valve” part.
Recently, Valve’s Doug Lombardi confirmed to Eurogamer that they are not, in fact, connected to Xi3, the company behind the Piston. “Valve began some exploratory work with Xi3 last year,” Lombardi said, “but currently has no involvement in any product of theirs.”
We have contacted both Valve and Xi3 for comment.