Call of Duty developer posts image of specially branded tech, suggesting studio is working with the grapefruit-sized PC.
Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward may be developing for the Valve-backed Piston mini-PC from Xi3.
The developer has posted an image of what appears to be an Infinity Ward-branded Piston to its Facebook page along with a caption that simply reads "game development."
Infinity Ward posted a similar image to its Twitter account, writing "What's this?"
An Activision representative was not immediately available to comment.
Xi3 announced the modular, grapefruit-sized computer designed around Steam's TV-focused Big Picture mode during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Valve itself at the time announced that it had invested an undisclosed amount in Xi3.
As for the Activision-owned Infinity Ward, the developer recently moved into a new office space and has no announced projects. Last month, Activision revealed that a new Call of Duty game will release in 2013. Executives do not expect this game be as commercially successful as immediate predecessor Black Ops II.
in comparison for price, size and power...an imac is a better investment..and thats an imac folks..this piston is a huge ripoff and it can't even minimize things all wooshy like
Betting on a commercial flop.
Anyone wants to take me on it?
And here's why I see it that way:
This appeals mostly to PC gamers, that don't really need it.
And not enough to console gamers that "could" actually use it.
There's a lot of brand loyalty in the console community, mostly because of exclusives, and in that way this simply can't compete.
This then will be a bit like the Zune, why bother when I already have something that does that job even better?
@Kane04 I agree. I already have a PC, Xbox, PS and a Kindle. Someone is going to sell me another device to play games on? Plus many tv's can now hook directly to the internet or a PC so why do I need another piece of hardware?
No one that calls themselves a PC gamer would be caught dead with integrated graphics, this will appeal to a few Steam/Valve die hards and a few console gamers that want to be PC gamers but don't know anything about PCs and refuse to learn. Not a very wide audience at all
I don't know, maybe it's just me but do you think publishers are going down the route of releasing there own systems for games? I know it sounds bizarre but with components getting cheaper all the time is it possible? I remember the days of SEGA's Mega CD and 32X and wonder if this is the sort of thing we can expect for the future of our consoles, certainly would be cheaper if we could have addons to boost the systems performance etc... but then again you could just by a PC...
Imagine the bizarre looking contraptions if they were to come out! Better left in the past eh?
@Dougsmoog I dunno, we did get that ridiculous xbox 360 HD-DVD drive addon thing, that almost worked lol
@Dougsmoog Yes, because that approach really worked out well for Sega
This thing is not Valves Steam box just so you all know.
the official Steam box has not been released yet and I hope it has a better performance cost ratio then this thing.
I could see Valve launching something like OnLive where you stream games that are run on servers at their end from your Steam account. That way you wouldn't need a powerful pc instead you just need the mini pc for the controllers and to connect to the internet. Then all you would need is an internet connection with a lot of bandwidth and preferably no data cap.
I don't see why this would have to be underpowered. I mean think about this. It's not much bigger then the Wii U. Which has 1080p graphics capabilities. and it has to support 2 tablet controllers. meaning it can project images to 3 different devices and take inputs from them. This should be capable of putting out better graphics then the Wii U. I'm not saying it's going to be nextbox/PS4 capable, but I feel like it could be able to produce good quality games, and still cost around $250-$300. VS a full PC thats not really that bad.
First thought , good luck with that.
Either it will be way too under powered for a current gen pc or it will catch on fire.
What about the sound card? I guess if you own a laptop and you want to be a pc gamer then its a good idea but i'm watching this video on my gaming, theatre and everything else computer, so why do I need that grapefruit.
The idea of small computers is cool, but there is a limit. A CD/DVD drive is still an essential part of a computer, as far as I'm concerned.
@RPG_Fan_I_Am I'm not talking about for storage. I'm talking about watching movies, or ripping music CDs to MP3 format. Things like that. I'm not a fan of digital distribution.
It's NOT the Steam Box. Geeze enough with this. I won;t even buy into this tech. It's very limited on power and having to swap out to do differnt things seems to be more of a pin than it's worth.
@sammothI agree this thing is crap, I hope Valve makes something better then this. I don't mind if its a bit larger and can compete with a PS4 in terms of power performance ratios
Since I understand a little about PC's and in may 2012 I made a PC about the same power as the PS4, I don't see why I'd buy the Steam Box. Don't get me wrong, I love Steam but I love StarCraft too. I really prefer hook up my PC in the living room than buying this little lovely box...
@JFERNANDEZ84 Dont worry if u love StarCraft Blizzard has already announced its game for Linux so u can purchase Steambox but if u love LOL then dont buy it
I understand the concept, actually kind if wxcited since j do need to update my pc...clout isn't it just another pc??? Won't it play blizzard games? Pop cap even? What's the big deal about this? Because I've played cod if my pc already.
@da_chub That's basically what I thought. I thought anything you can get through Steam you can play on this. Although I do admit that I know next to nothing about PCs.
This is the first gaming PC that was designed as a console, it is different than a gaming PC in many ways including the ridiculously low power usage and noise, the low temperatures and the extreme durability they have shown. If the price is right I'll definitely be grabbing one of these over the nex-gen consoles in the future, I'm tired of Sony and M$ their directions are clearly moving from gaming as the core to entertainment as their core.
The X7A shown as CES was underpowered. I hope there are some plans for spec upgrades before Valve sink much more into this.
@hadlee73 There's no room for discrete graphics in the form factor and the integrated graphics the x7a uses is as good as they get. They just suck
The main reason we're seeing this is Microsoft's powergrab with Windows 8. They're trying to lay the foundation for phasing out the open desktop in favor of a walled garden (like Apple) to control app distribution and grab 30% of every sale. That would cut Steam off at he knees. So they need to work on their own platform outside of Microsoft so they can make their OWN greedy powergrab.
@cryofax I hate having desktop computers having what I see as "dinky apps/ app manager stores" I like to just be able to download and install things my self I don't know why, managers work for android and (somewhat Iphone etc) but for desktops I like my system to be open for ME to run it :( so win 7 <3
@cryofax Under the hood, Windows 8 is almost the exact same thing as Windows 7. You can tell it was made for a touch screen, as it's damn frustrating to navigate the "new" Start menu. Overall it's about the same. Pretty much most of what is new is for your average user, not gamer.
And Apple doesn't control every App. They just have an App store where developers can showcase their App for millions to see, as apposed to having it showcased on their own website that gets around 100 views on a good day. It helps people get their product out to everyone way easier. OSX isn't too hard to develop for...it's different from Windows, and that is really the only difficult part. Back on the old PPC machines it was actually difficult, but now that they converted to Intel it's way easier, and it shows as people are developing more applications for OSX.
@Renegade__angel @cryofax I understand Windows 8 is pretty much Windows 7 with a new front end, but that's the point. They're trying to introduce and get people used to using the Windows App store, so they can phase out the freedom of the desktop in some future release. This is not good for developers or consumers. At all.
As for Apple, if you want an app on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod you HAVE to use the Apple app store. And they approve every app and charge 30% for the privilege. On the Mac it's true you can still "sideload" apps.
@demonkingx5 If being a "PC only gamer" turns me into this guy... I should throw away my PC immediately.
@demonkingx5 What this logic fails to consider is the fact that a lot of console gamers, myself included, buy a console for local multiplayer. The Piston won't allow 4-player local so I'll still buy my console so that I can game with my friends who don't want to invest in any kind of gaming platform.
@Kraken422 Who the hell in 2013 still play split screen that's what lan parties are for get your own screen scrub.
@Kane04 @demonkingx5 @Kraken422 I agree with your opening statement. Choice is always better so why people argue against that is beyond me.
But I don't think this is aimed at the existing PC-gamer market. As you point out we already have something better that is more open. I think they're trying to pry the gamepad out of console gamer hands. Will it work? If you can get an easy to use box that plays PC-quality games at a decent price then perhaps, but I just don't see how this can happen.
If the specs end up just being on par with consoles then there isn't a lot of point to it.
@demonkingx5 @Kraken422 Classic "whats best for me it's the best for everyone", that always works out great.
Here's some sad news, the Steam box won't do any more than a PC already does, if console gamers are still around what makes you think they'll just abandon their brand loyalty?
As far as exclusives goes, there's A LOT to be excited about on the SonyMSNintendo systems.
I'll bet my house the Steambox will be the worst seller of the 8th console gen.
PC gamers will grab it and have a bit of fun before realizing "hang on, I've spent a boat load of money on my PC already, why did I bought this thing that's way more limited?".
@Kraken422 I agree. Consoles are good for when you've got a few mates around, with some beers, out comes the old gamecube or nintendo 64 for example, and hello drunken mario cart, or super smash bros. Consoles can be great fun.
@demonkingx5 So I'm a scrub because my friends aren't gamers? I'm quite sure lots of people still play split screen, it's easier. You don't need to set up four PCs in one house, it doesn't have to be planned, you only need one copy of the game in question, your friends don't need to lug a whole lot of kit around. I'm not saying that consoles are better than PCs I'm just saying they have their place.
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