by Anton Shilov
09/30/2013 | 11:10 PM
Xi 3 Corp. on Monday 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. […] 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,” said Jason A. Sullivan, Xi3’s founder, president and
As part of today’s Piston General Availability announcement, Xi3 also revealed today additional information about its Piston consoles. Specifically, storage capacity for Piston Consoles has been doubled; Piston’s Ethernet controller has been optimized for gameplay traffic, and Pistons will ship with pre-loaded “Pack-in” titles.
Previously, Xi3 announced that Piston utilizes internal solid-state SSD storage and that Piston consoles will ship standard with 128GB of SSD storage. Xi3 further revealed today that it has been able to double the potential SSD storage capacity of the Piston Console by adding a second SSD connector within its Piston design, as well as a separate, internal microSD slot. This second eSATA SSD connector gives Pistons the capability of more than 1TB of solid-state storage.
Xi3 also revealed today that it has designed the Piston’s Ethernet controller to recognize and prioritize computer gaming data to the top of Piston’s network queue. Such data traffic prioritization will further speed-up response times for Piston gameplay. Additional details about optimized gameplay data traffic will be revealed at a future date.
“With the latest and greatest games—whether played solo, against your buddy, or in online MMO titles—those extra milliseconds provided by Piston’s optimized gaming traffic can mean the difference between victory or death. Piston’s solid-state drives also mean you’ll be able to load games faster than ever before, making your overall experience even better. In addition, by adding a second SSD to their Pistons, users will be able to load a second operating system onto their machines, including the newly announced SteamOS,” said Mr. Sullivan.
Xi3 also revealed today that the company will ship Piston Consoles with “pack-in” gaming titles pre-loaded onto its Pistons. Details about publisher and developer partnerships, as well as a list of pack-in titles, will be released before Black Friday.
Piston consoles are available for pre-order today at $999. The base model is based on AMD Fusion A-series accelerated processing unit with four AMD x86 cores as well as Radeon HD 6000-series graphics engine.