Two days ago, we told you that Xi3 had placed the rumored Steam Box, aka Piston, up for pre-order. Then we told you that Valve was no longer supporting the Piston. Now Xi3 has released a statement in hopes to bring clarity amongst the confusion.
Jason A. Sullivan, founder and president of Xi3, reiterated that they did receive an investment from Valve, then "were asked to build a product specifically for Valve, and [that] both companies showcased this product"“the Piston Console." Then Sullivan dropped the bomb shell on our Steam centered hearts. Sullivan stated that, "...the assumption of many in the media has been that Piston is the "˜official' Steam Box. We've never said that and neither has Valve."
He further clarified that the Piston will allow users to access Steam regardless of Valve's and Xi3's relationship. He then went into advertising mode explaining that the Piston is a "Modular Computer" and could handle multiple platforms of operating systems, making it more than what Valve had planned for its official Steam Box. He ended his statement commenting, "...what Valve does or doesn't do with its Steam Box will be up to them. So Gabe, it's up to you. The ball is in your court."
While this little "controversy" was certainly unexpected, it will be interesting to see how this affects pre-orders and other sales this holiday season.