A Look at the Alienware Steambox

Alienware has plans to make a compact but powerful Steambox to compete against the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Can it live up to the hype?

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418 comments
kgallis21
kgallis21

Steam wont be able to compete witg PS4 or xb1.the low end machines cost almost 600 and high end almost 1000. It makes sense with pc's constantly ungrading to build yourself a pc and then ugrade as you go.once u buy a console ur pretty much stuck

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

i only want a Steam Machine for its Streaming features. I want to be able to play my PC games on the Big screen without having to connect up my huge pc to the TV, which is not in the same room.

obsequies
obsequies

looks like the alienware has external psu

MacroManJr
MacroManJr

Anyone else getting a bit weary of the old "black Tron-esque VCR" look in consoles?

And I don't think the Steam Controller will fare well for games outside of FPS games.  Too much thumb panning, whereas with joysticks, you rest your thumbs directionally.

If anything, a controller like Wii U's GamePad is perhaps <i>the</i> best design for adopting PC games to console, if you ask me.  FPS, RTS, and MMORPGs would immediately work well on the GamePad.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

Anyone else thing it's shaped like an NES? Doesn't matter to me as long as it has a CD/DVD drive. I suppose I could hook an external one, but it's just easier on me that way.

fanedo
fanedo

 Why would you buy a Steam Machine (SM) - This should be an article on gamespot

If it has a GTX 770 or 780 it will be a lot more expensive than PS4/XBOX ONE.

There is no point in having exclusive games for SM since you can install Steam OS on a normal PC. If they allow Steam OS to behave like a normal Linux OS installing pirated games will probably be easy enough..... So why would you buy a Steam Machine??

megakick
megakick

So small, so little power... ANGRY BIRDS in HD ZOMG!!! You can just purchase the STEAMOS controller. There really is not need to buy the STEAMOS COMPUTER unless you need a upgrade otherwise DL the OS and place a STEAMOS sticker on your computer and your golden.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

Why not ? Open GL is a more proficient APL than DirectX, runs better and looks better, just no mainstream. If Valve, which has the influence to do so, keeps working with AAA devs to port their games to Linus based OS. It's not happening tomorrow, but yes it's happening.

sammoth
sammoth

No thnx My PC does more and for less.

xbox360kb
xbox360kb

Valve should connect it with HL3 premiere, exclusively for steambox, and then they can watch sale bars going up. Im interested in games offer for this. Will it be just another piece of equipement with the same games that are available for XO/PS4/PC or it will have alot of exclusive titles which will take adventage of the horsepower inside.

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

After analyzing this on my NASA super computer, the result concludes: Dead on arrival.

Hiraishin
Hiraishin

that controller looks ugly as hell what the heck

brut_fruit
brut_fruit

steambox will fail as a console and as a gaming pc  

dougmorr1s0n
dougmorr1s0n

I still am surprised at this 'arms race' to get these steam machines out. I mean it is CES so some if not most without a big name attached will end up vaporware. They seem to be missing the point that a PC should be upgradeable. Alienware impressed me by fitting a full PCI-E in one of their windows 8 machines, but unless they make changes this box is for nobody. Any PC gamer knows enough about how to work a PC and anyone who doesn't gets a console. I do both, but I'm ready to say my HD 5770 has given a good life. So I'll be picking up games for my PS4 until I can fre up a few hundred for a new GPU.


Thanks for reading this rant...

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

I have a rig now thanks...

mrindigo15
mrindigo15

I like the design, but not the price. I mean, why not just build a regular gaming PC and just install SteamOS on your own. These components will be obsolete in two three years, so you'll have to still upgrade or replace it.


With all that said, i love the fact that Valve is promoting PC platform so much. Really great developers with good vision.


And if you would, check out my blog about gaming - http://indigogaming.blogspot.com/

jwsoul
jwsoul

Meh the controller! Let us use PS4 and Xbox One controllers as well if that controller is not a preference. 

groowagon
groowagon

so... it's a box for playing indie games? there can't be enough juice in that little box to play proper games.

MrBunson
MrBunson

What are some really good exclusive RPGs for the PC? I really like the Fallout games, Skyrim, etc.

TimeFrame
TimeFrame

I'll make it extremely short:


Controller sucks.


No one needs a steambox, there are PC's already.


This only appeals to a minority and it's potential mass market appeal I believe is very small.


Sorry Valve, but at least I hope to see you prove guys like me wrong.


jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I am going to need some specs before I can even begin to make an opinion, also any alienware gaming cpu will have to be compatible with all of steams games as well as the majority of the new games coming out- which all do not come out directly to steam. Sadly it needs to also have a open OS and of course a browser, if it doesn't why bother. 


It's small form factor is cute but a mini-itx case and mobo, with a quad core FX amd chip, 4 gigs of 1600 ram, radeon 7500 or geforce 650 series gpu, 500gb hdd, 450w psu, led fan, and even a OEM windows 8 OS could still cost less then $500 and continue to be upgrade able, while very portable with a small footprint. 

I think what will catch on is if the controller takes the place of mouse and KB, that might be the elusive missing link between console and pc gamer. the small form factor might appeal to lan party goers, you will still need to haul a kb for typing, and headset. 


Ultimately, though none of them will be as easy as a single mom going to walmart, buying the newest game of the week, throwing it at her kids who just pop it in and start playing. No worry about compatibility, usually no weird downloads or having to tweak settings. Lack of intrusive DRM, always online (for now) and if another wants to play all they need is an extra controller. While many of us here have no problem with the building, maintenance, repair, upgrading, cost of a mid to high end gaming pc- the common folk or target audience for game makers do. And PC for the next few years will be getting ports of console games - usually much later after release- until developers have devs kits and tools to develop games for console and pc at the same time. 


I hate to say it but - steam or apple or google really needs to come out with a free operating system or barely free OS that is designed for gaming. Not just linux games or games they sell but compatible with as many games possible that is NOT windows. With a unified OS that turns all the background crap off when you launch a game and just keeps minimal for operation and sends as much raw power to playing the game, it will allow more developers to easily make or port games to pc. Which allows a larger audience for pc games. Yeah this will probably not happen, now that I think about it. 

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

it looks nice...So much power in such a small box. niceeee.

jmy137900
jmy137900

Why do comments get imported from Facebook?

jcknapier711
jcknapier711

@MacroManJrThey ought to take a look at systems like the Supergraphx or SNES or even ancient systems like Magnavox Odyssey for inspiration.  It's like they're trying too hard to make it look appealing to a mass audience.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@fanedoIf you're furious about Sony charging for online multiplayer and hate the Xbox consoles for the same reason, one might get it to supplement their Wii U. I happen to be one of those people that want to see Sony and Microsoft suffer for it.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

@fanedo The same reason people buy consoles. That's what a Steam Machine basically is. You buy it and play games on it. Right now my PC is being used for this comment. My SM will only be used for gaming. 

inkeyis
inkeyis

They said any games they make won't be exclusive to steam box as exclusives really only limit the amount of people to experience the greatness of a game

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@jwsoul You...can. Do you people not read shit ever? They established all of these dumbass comments a long time ago - you can swap out the hardware, you can install whatever OS you want, you can use whatever controller you want.

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@jwsoul Should atleast be able to use an xbox 360 controller since most games on Steam support it. I think the Steam controller is geared more torwards games that a conventional controller like the xbox 360 controller can't handle. Like RTSs and whatnot. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@MrBunson Icewind Dale, Baldur's Gate, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Neverwinter Nights, most multi-plat crap, a bunch of indie stuff like Evoland, KOTOR, Dragon age, Mass Effect, Dark souls, etc.

drwaldy
drwaldy

@MrBunson  Most of the best exclusive PC RPGs came out in the last decade or two. System Shock 2, Mount and Blade, Torchlight, the Gothic series, Divinity 2, Fallout 1/2, Vampire Masquerade Bloodlines, Planescape: Torment, Deus Ex, Neverwinter Nights 2, I could go on forever... check out a bunch of these.

http://www.gog.com/games/rpg

reconx89
reconx89

@MrBunson If you have a good enough PC, you should check out the Witcher Series, other than that you have Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age, Mass Effect. Dragon's Dogma is also good. Dark Souls is on PC, but is a bad port, but still a great game.

inkeyis
inkeyis

At first they might not do well, but people will then see the fact that it's the most powerful, and most versatile console with the most games at low prices due to steam. The price is kinda high, but just like the ps3 that issue will be over come in the later years

Tacanacy
Tacanacy

@TimeFrame If controllers suck, then you don't have a shit to say in a gaming community- you're obviously not playing video games. Or maybe you're just too ignorant to know that every input device to video games is called a controller. And what "sucks" is strictly subjective.

nick_000000
nick_000000

@TimeFrame That's quite a narrow minded view, these "steam boxes" appeal to people who don't know how to build their own Micro ITX based PCs and want a device that can play all their steam library games on their TV while sitting on their sofa. 

I think more people will buy these steam boxes than everyone is making out, while I'm sure that a lot of them are going to be overpriced, if oems come out with small devices that don't cost too much, that you can put under your TV and play steam games then why not put them on the market? 

Obviously Valve thinks that there is a market for these devices so why all the negativity, let them put these out to see if people want them. If the price is right I'm sure people will buy them, you could even just wipe it and install on Windows if you want so you could have an inexpensive media centre and steam box all at the same time.

I think that there could be quite a large market for these devices and that Valve are doing a pretty good job with this, think about people with large steam libraries that are probably going to be interested in these and the fact that you can pick up games so cheap on steam & steam sales. The initial investment if it is a little higher may be worth it for some people to play many great games that cost £1 - £30 as opposed to new console games that are £40 - £50.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Tacanacy @TimeFrame Other than a mouse and keyboard which is literally never refered to as a controller because they're input devices, not controllers. 

sammoth
sammoth

@nick_000000@TimeFrame They already have PC's for your living room. Steam was not the first to come up with this idea. Just many PC players don't bother since your Monitors put out better resolutions that your TV.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@Senior_Rosa @jenovaschilld I built a mid level cpu out of some extra parts just to try out the steam os, but after waiting a week it looks like the os only supports linux games so far and no other games can be used like, wow, games off of origin, or emulators or games from torrents. Neither browser games. I could probably live on just steam games alone, well almost, but for the cost it better run the games amazingly. I mean friggin amazingly well for the parts. the performance needs to be very noticeable over windows os.