Piston pre-orders open with $100 discount | PCGamesN

Piston pre-orders open with $100 discount

During SXSW (pronounced six-swuh) Xi3, the company developing one of the potential Gabe Cubes, the Piston, have opened up preorders on the modular microcomputer, and they’ve even thrown in a $100 discount for the early buyers.

The Piston first made big news in January at CES where it appeared to be the long-fabled Steam Box (I will be calling it the Gabe Cube from now on because I want to incite grassroots change). It’s a tiny computer that would be an ideal fit for the living room, in place of a traditional console, it’s also a modular device, meaning you can plug in graphics cards and expanded hard drives without needing to open up its case fiddle with the machine’s innards, just plug them into case sockets like they were a USB device. Anyway, it turned out that the Piston was just one of the possible Gabe Cubes, with other companies working on similar small computers.

Well, in a press release from Xi3, Jason Sullivan, president of the company, said “we’ve become seriously concerned that we will not be able to meet the demand for PISTON Consoles this year [...] and so have decided to begin accepting pre-orders on our PISTON Console, beginning today with the start of the SXSW Gaming Expo.”

The machine will be usable on the showfloor for attendees who are interested in trying it out before ordering. For all of us not over in the States and able to attend SXSW, we are still able to preorder the machine with the $100 discount being offered over this weekend. Considering the Piston is normally to be on sale for $999.99 this is likely to be the cheapest you’ll be able to pick it up for a while.

This all said, with no confirmation from Valve on when or what a Gabe Cube will be, putting $1,000 down on a machine you’ve not yet tried and don’t know how capable it is (it doesn’t even ship with a graphics card), seems a little risky. If you like risk then you should hop on over to their order page.

Infinity Ward are fans at least, as they recently posted a picture of a studio-branded Piston.

Login or Register
0
+0
-0
Empyre's picture
171

Think I will wait and find out what this thing can actually do first.

Try these free to play games
?

These are affiliate links - clicking them and playing the games directly supports PCGamesN

Spotlight
?

Our Spotlight units plug content our journalists have made, that our advertisers want to promote. Sometimes the promotion is paid for, but the content they go to is always independent with no client oversight or approval.

Alienware - Game VictoriousTurtle Beach
The best Grand Theft Auto V mods

Grand Theft Auto V

The best Grand Theft Auto V mods

ORION: Prelude, the “worst game of all time”, celebrates three years of support in praise-filled trailer

ORION: Prelude, the “worst game of all time”, celebrates three years of support in praise-filled trailer

Updating mods for Minecraft from version 1.8 to 1.9 will be “less painful”

Updating mods for Minecraft from version 1.8 to 1.9 will be “less painful”

Batman: Arkham Knight trailer shows Bats team-up with Nightwing, Robin, and Catwoman

Batman: Arkham Knight trailer shows Bats team-up with Nightwing, Robin, and Catwoman

Gabe Newell: “pissing off the Internet costs you a million bucks in just a couple of days”, but the internet needs “a more robust Valve-is-evil hypothesis”

Gabe Newell: “pissing off the Internet costs you a million bucks in just a couple of days”, but the internet needs “a more robust Valve-is-evil hypothesis”

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 system requirements have been revealed, needs a very modest PC

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 system requirements have been revealed, needs a very modest PC

Meet Dirt Rally: Codemaster's best new game in years. And it's out today.

Dirt Rally

Meet Dirt Rally: Codemaster's best new game in years. And it's out today.

Broken Age Act 2 finally hatches, launches today

Broken Age Act 2 finally hatches, launches today

Square Enix transform Final Fantasy XIV into a fighting game, because why not

Square Enix transform Final Fantasy XIV into a fighting game, because why not

Warface Operation Endless Skies pits you against giant mechs in a grand coliseum

Warface Operation Endless Skies pits you against giant mechs in a grand coliseum

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 trailer uncloaks a November 6th release date

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 trailer uncloaks a November 6th release date

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavenward benchmark trailer shows off the expansion at its prettiest

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavenward benchmark trailer shows off the expansion at its prettiest

Eight ways Deus Ex could be augmented in Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Eight ways Deus Ex could be augmented in Mankind Divided

CityCopter mod allows you to tour Cities: Skylines in hot rotary style

CityCopter mod allows you to tour Cities: Skylines in hot rotary style

Updated: Tripwire update Killing Floor 2 Steam EULA to ban paid mods

Updated: Tripwire update Killing Floor 2 Steam EULA to ban paid mods

Valve massively revamp competitive Dota 2, announce Dota Major Championships

Valve massively revamp competitive Dota 2, announce Dota Major Championships

Ubisoft is releasing 3 versions of Might & Magic Heroes VII; here's what's in them

Ubisoft is releasing 3 versions of Might & Magic Heroes VII; here's what's in them

The World of Warcraft movie has been pushed back

The World of Warcraft movie has been pushed back

Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain Adventure Guide

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain Adventure Guide

Star Trek Online's Iconian War is the climax of a 5 year story

Star Trek Online's Iconian War is the climax of a 5 year story

A game-breaking protest mod is today's most popular item on the Skyrim Steam Workshop

A game-breaking protest mod is today's most popular item on the Skyrim Steam Workshop

Dirty Bomb introduces Nader, a lawyer turned grenade enthusiast

Dirty Bomb introduces Nader, a lawyer turned grenade enthusiast

Noticed that Black Ops III looks a little like Deus Ex? So have the devs of Mankind Divided

Noticed that Black Ops III looks a little like Deus Ex? So have the devs of Mankind Divided

It begins: paid Skyrim mod removed from sale after creator disagreement

It begins: paid Skyrim mod removed from sale after creator disagreement