$550 Alienware Steam Box Revealed

#1 Posted by BSC14 (3607 posts) -

This week at E3, Alienware announced that it will launch a new gaming PC called Alienware Alpha this holiday for $550. The rig was specifically designed around Valve's Steam Big Picture mode, and Alienware boasts that it's "the best way to experience your PC games in the living room."

The Alienware Alpha ships with Windows 8.1 and comes with an Xbox 360 controller. The base configuration includes an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, built-in Wi-Fi, and a custom-built Nvidia GPU that the company is not talking about yet.

"The Steam library that you might already have, that'll be instantly available to you" -- Alienware representative Scott Radcliffe

The rig, which Alienware is calling more of a console than a PC, is going up against the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which are now available for $399. So why would you choose an Alienware Alpha over the new consoles from Microsoft and Sony, which also offer exclusive games?

"I'd say because of the flexibility it provides. Because of our partnership with Steam, because of the great things that they're doing at Valve," Alienware marketing manager Scott Radcliffe told GameSpot today at E3. "We've got 3,000 titles that are going to be instantly available to you. The Steam library that you might already have, that'll be instantly available to you."

Right now, there are around 500 games on Steam with controller support, and this is growing every day, Radcliffe said.

He also pointed out that, unlike the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, the Alienware Alpha will not require a subscription fee to play online. Overall, Radcliffe contends that PC gamers are eager to play their games in the living room. "We feel that there's enough demand and enough desire for a lot of PC gamers to bring it into the living room like you see here," Radcliffe said.

Last month, Valve announced that the Steam Controller was delayed to 2015. Check back later today for more from GameSpot about the Alienware Alpha.

#2 Posted by pelvist (4579 posts) -

They could have at least cleaned it before taking the picture.

#3 Posted by cyloninside (442 posts) -

its not a steam box.... it isnt running steamOS.

it is just a cheap... regular PC.

#4 Posted by Old_Gooseberry (3470 posts) -

we all are using pcs for every day use with cpus superior to this junk, i dunno why anyone would even buy this. for 550 bucks you could get a very high end nvidia gpu that would destroy this thing in every possible way

#5 Posted by insane_metalist (5912 posts) -

i3, 4GB of ram..? How about at least an i5 & 8GB of ram.

#6 Posted by Tranula (9 posts) -

I think this is neat but will confuse many consumers. And if the confusion doesn't deter them, the price tag will.

#7 Posted by JangoWuzHere (16021 posts) -

4 gigs of ram? That thing is a rip off...

#8 Posted by PredatorRules (7251 posts) -

i3 and 4Gb of RAM, are we going to play Rayman Legends with that?

#9 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7293 posts) -

@Tranula said:

I think this is neat but will confuse many consumers. And if the confusion doesn't deter them, the price tag will.

I think the price tag and alienware brand will entice them actually. Mind as well buy a ps4 though.

#10 Posted by Tranula (9 posts) -
#11 Posted by thehig1 (1177 posts) -

@PredatorRules: barely, might struggle to keep 60fps haha.

The things a rip off it

#12 Posted by harry_james_pot (10351 posts) -
@thehig1 said:
The things a rip off

Well, it's Alienware..

#13 Posted by The_Animator420 (227 posts) -

its not a steam box.... it isnt running steamOS.

it is just a cheap... regular PC.

^ This.

It 's not a Steam Box without the controller and the OS.

#14 Edited by vfibsux (4205 posts) -

Please stop pimping this crap, the Steambox is going to be a huge flop. Steamboxes are useless pieces of expensive shit that are trying to close the gap between the PC and consoles. It is in no way good for pc gaming.

#15 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (23423 posts) -

That's not a rip off considering the form factor.

#16 Edited by FelipeInside (25172 posts) -

@vfibsux said:

Please stop pimping this crap, the Steambox is going to be a huge flop. Steamboxes are useless pieces of expensive shit that are trying to close the gap between the PC and consoles. It is in no way good for pc gaming.

I agree, but this thing isn't a Steambox, it's just a small PC.

Alienware got tired of waiting for "forever company" (ie Valve) to release SteamOS, so they are releasing this thing with Windows.

I said from the start SteamOS and Steam Boxes are just gonna hurt Valve.

#17 Posted by Hydrolex (1454 posts) -

Playing with controllers against some PC players who use their mice... HA HA Goodluck ! at least with PS4 and X1, you know almost everyone 97% use their controllers