Turns out the US$999 "Steam Box" from Xi3 might be less steamy than originally expected.
The Xi3 Piston is the first games console for streaming service Steam to go on sale, although not to UK gamers just yet.
Piston, the Valve-funded gaming PC from Xi3, could be the big Steam Box-style break that the Big Picture was designed for.
After an investment from Valve Software, modular PC maker Xi3 looks to have a long-rumored Steam Box under development.
While Google is bringing Chrome OS to tablet devices, Xi3 Corporation announced its ChromiumPC Modular Computer, the world's first desktop computer to run the operating system.
A first look of the Xi3 Modular Computer from CES 2011.
In the second of three announcements, the game developer and digital distributor is inviting 300 Steam users to beta-test a prototype this year.
Xi3 is taking pre-orders for the Piston PC, its so-called Steam Box, for shipping by "holidays 2013".
The gaming machine, a Steam Box built around Valve's digital game distribution platform, can now be preordered from manufacturer Xi3.
Images from Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward shows a self-branded version of what appears to be the Xi3 Piston Steam Box.