Is this the “Steam Box?” (Updated)

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Update: The Verge has interviewed Gabe Newell. The Valve CEO assures us that they will indeed be marketing their own “Steam Box.”

It’s been rumored time and time again within the PC gaming community, but has it finally materialized? I would expect the much speculated “Steam Box” to make a “big arrival” of sorts, coupled with a large Valve-style unveiling. But somewhat surprisingly, Xi3 — a maker of modular computers — has revealed the above device code named “Piston” that it says was made in collaboration with Valve.

The device is optimized for use with Steam and its new Big Picture mode, which provides for couch gaming with a hardware controller. “Piston” is based on Xi3′s X7A modular system, which, according to Time, “has a quad-core processor, up to 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, up to a terabyte of solid state storage and support for three monitors.” Has the much-rumored, console-killing console finally arrived? Or do you expect to see something more formal from Valve in the near future?

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