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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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29. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 8, 2013, 15:27 Beamer
descender wrote on Jan 8, 2013, 15:22:
Precisely. LCD's have a completely different lifespan than Tube TV's, and people are just not replacing the cheap... huge LCD screens they bought with LED or Plasma. THere is just not enough of a difference to warrant it.

This is the same exact reason that PC sales are stagnate. There has been NO REASON for people to upgrade all of the Core2Duo's and such that have been sold for the last 5-6 years, because the software has become stagnate.

The "home PC' are dying" crowd is hilarious. People are just starting to really integrate them into HT systems, and soon whole-home PC's with attachable "screens" will become the norm. THe central unit is't going anywhere. The only thing that will be "dying" are the cutesy little tablets and such, once everyone gets over that fad and realizes that they can't do any real work on them.

Desktop PC sales began slowing long before it just became about not upgrading. People do NOT want that form factor anymore. Computing is done mostly on the couch these days. Tying someone to a single desk, as well as devoting that desk solely to computing, isn't a viable option anymore.

Why can't people do work on a tablet? Because of the input? Well, then fix that (the tablet Razer just showed at CES does just this.) Because they're not powerful enough? Then fix that (the tablet Razer just showed at CES does just this.)

Heck, let's look more closely at that Razer tablet. It's designed to be a full Windows 8 tablet, complete with an i7 and a GeForce mobile. It has a dock that turns it into a laptop, giving keyboard and a mouse. It has a dock that has HDMI out and 4 USB, turning it into a Steambox console.

Sorry, descender, this is the future. A box wired up to a monitor or two on a desk in the corner of someone's apartment is not.
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