$550 Alienware Alpha vs. PS4 and Xbox One - Graphics Comparison

Good things come in small packages.

972 Comments
Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: Alienware Alpha - A Console or a PC?


Related
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Follow
Titanfall
Follow
Watch Dogs
Follow

Alienware's getting ready to launch its console-like gaming PC, the Alpha, in just a few weeks, so we took the $550 base model and put it up against a handful of console games to see how it performs against the competition. Instead of pushing the settings on the Alpha to the max, we tuned each game to achieve the best frame rate without sacrificing too many graphical flourishes in the process.

The $550 version of Alienware's Alpha ships with a 2.9GHz Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a slightly souped up Nvidia GTX 860M GPU with 2GB of VRAM. Considering the modest specs, it's surprising to see how well the Alpha fares when put up against PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

For more videos of the Alpha in action, check out Alienware's YouTube channel, and stay tuned to GameSpot for more Alpha coverage, including a comprehensive look at Alienware's custom, console-like UI. How do you think the $550 Alpha stands up to $400 consoles? Were the differences obvious or too minor to detect? Is Alienware right to call it a console, despite its PC roots? Let us know in the comments below!

Editor's note: The first version of the above video featured labeling errors, which have been amended. GameSpot regrets the error.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 972 comments about this story