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Polygon has what details PC maker Xi3 is revealing about "Piston," a Steam-optimized mini computer that seems to be the first blow in Valve's much discussed foray into gaming hardware. This is be a powerful little PC in a cool form factor, said to be based on its "performance level" X7A PC, a version of a modular PC that failed to achieve its Kickstarter goals last year. This seems clearly aimed at the living room and Valve's "Big Picture" initiative.

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31. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 8, 2013, 15:48 Beamer
Verno wrote on Jan 8, 2013, 15:34:

I don't really care if my PC is an immobile "desktop" or a small form factor to be honest. I just want expandability and customization intact, I could care less if it moves around or not. As long as it runs what I need without issues then I'm fine. Currently no tablet or laptop does this sufficiently and I don't see that changing any time soon. The casual user is fine with a consumption device like a tablet and that's fine for them but there's still a large market that is not well served. Different products for different needs.

Functionality won't change, form factor will. That's all. With more and more computing time being done on the couch in front of Honey Boo Boo the form factor companies design will follow.

When people need to do actual work there will be mice, keyboards, and larger monitors to connect to. When people want to stream Netflix there will be TVs to connect to. When people want to play video games there will be TVs and controllers to connect to. But when people want to sit on the couch and check their fantasy team stats or play Carcassone while watching Doctor Who they'll be able to.

Surface Pro does much this (admittedly awkwardly.) That new Razer tablet does all of this (admittedly awkwardly.) Next year at CES we'll just see more and more of this.
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