By Steve Wright
There hasn't been a week that's gone by lately where we haven't received a reader tip detailing Value's "Steam Box," a frequently rumoured Steam console/PC that would bring joy to PC gamers everywhere. Well, it looks like the rumours were true.
At CES 2013 today, Valve and mini-PC maker Xi3 unveiled a product that they explained as "an investment from Valve Corporation" and a "new development stage computer game system." The device is being demonstrated at both the Xi3 and Value show booths at CES for the rest of the week.
"Today marks the beginning of a new era for Xi3," said Jason A. Sullivan, founder, president and CEO of Xi3, speaking with Polygon. "This new development stage product will allow users to take full-advantage of their large high-definition TV displays for an amazing computer game experience.
"As a result, this new system could provide access to thousands of gaming titles through an integrated system that exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand."
Xi3 has also stated that the mini-PC has been designed to support both Steam and its Big Picture mode.
Specifications of the Steam Box have not yet been released, but we'll update readers when we learn more.