SALT LAKE CITY and AUSTIN, Texas, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Xi3 Corporation today announced it will begin accepting pre-orders for its PISTON™ Console (PC) at the Gaming Expo held today, tomorrow and Sunday during the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.
The list price of Xi3's PISTON Console starts at $999.99. Any PISTON Console pre-order placed between now and the end of SXSW 2013 (11:59 p.m. CST, Sunday, March 17, 2013), will receive a $100 discount off the list price, with pre-ordered PISTON Consoles shipped in time for the 2013 Holiday Season. (The special PISTON Console pre-order page is found at http://xi3.com/buy_now-piston.php.)
"Given the amount of awards, media attention and gamer interest the PISTON Console has generated since it was unveiled at CES 2013 in January, we've become seriously concerned that we will not be able to meet the demand for PISTON Consoles this year," said Jason A. Sullivan, founder, president and CEO of Xi3 Corporation. "That's why we have decided to begin accepting pre-orders on our PISTON Console, beginning today with the start of the SXSW Gaming Expo. Gaming Expo attendees will also get the benefit of being the first to see the PISTON Console in action."
Additional PISTON Console Details Forthcoming
Xi3 will showcase "live" gameplay on alpha versions of its PISTON Console at the 2013 SXSW Gaming Expo in Xi3's booth (#400). Additionally, Xi3 is slated to deliver a "live" on-stage presentation at the Gaming Expo on Saturday, March 9 beginning at 7 p.m.
"Clearly, the computer/video gaming market is huge, both in the personal computer and traditional console markets," Sullivan stated. "That being said, we believe there is a crying need for a machine that captures the best of both worlds, with the upgradeability of computer gaming rigs and the design and form factor of consoles. We believe our PISTON Consoles do exactly that—deliver the beauty and small size of consoles with the upgradeability of computers."
The grapefruit-sized Xi3 PISTON Console was announced at the 2013 International CES trade show in January as a "development stage system optimized for computer gameplay on large high-definition television monitors." This January announcement generated massive interest in the worldwide computer/video game industry, and Xi3 garnered several notable awards and honors for its PISTON efforts, even as a development stage product.
The PISTON Console is derived from the forthcoming X7A Modular™ Computer, Xi3's first power user computer. Xi3 will reveal additional product details about the PISTON Console and its plans for formally entering the game marketplace at the 2013 SXSW Gaming Expo.
NOTE: The 2013 SXSW Gaming Expo is being held March 8—10, 2013 in the Palmer Event Center at 900 Barton Springs Road in Austin, Texas. The hours for the Gaming Expo are as follows:
- Friday, March 8: 3—9 p.m.
- Saturday, March 9: 12 Noon—8 p.m.
- Sunday, March 10: 12 Noon—8 p.m.
About Xi3 Corporation and the Xi3 Modular Computer
The first Xi3 Modular Computer (model X5A-5342) was unveiled at the 2011 International CES trade show where it won an Innovations Award from the Consumer Electronics Association in the Computer Hardware category. Initial shipments of the X5A Modular Computer began in late 2011.
Formed in 2010 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Xi3 Corporation utilizes "The Power of X" to bring its building block approach to the world of computing, an approach Xi3 applies internally and externally to hardware solutions and software applications. For more information about Xi3 Corporation, please visit www.Xi3.com.
The shape of the three-sided single piece casing, the end plate, and the overall shape of the Xi3 Modular Computer, as well as Xi3, PISTON, Modular, Xi3 Modular, "The Power of X" and ISYS Technologies are trademarks and unique trade dress of ISYS Technologies, Inc.
David Politis, Xi3 Corporation, 801-534-4403, politis@Xi3.com
SOURCE Xi3 Corporation