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E3 2014: Alienware unveils Alpha console, a Steam machine


Alienware unveiled the Alienware Alpha gaming console, a Steam machine with Valve’s Steam OS at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event and will be available by the end of 2014.alienware-alpha-steam-machine

The Alphas console will include a customized Windows 8.1 version and the Steam OS is likely to be used later. The console can deliver live room gaming experiences when ported from Linux and the entire library of games from Steam. However users can install the Steam beta OS until the full version is released while the company said that it would release update instructions after the release.

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“We don’t want to force people to update. The fact that it’s based on Windows naturally means it ends up more expensive. When we release Steam OS the price will go down,” said Frank Azor, General manager at Alienware.

The entry-level Alpha console will be powered by a Intel Core i3 processor with 4GB DDR3 RAM and a custom-made NVIDIA “Maxwell” GPU with 2GB dedicated GDD5 high-speed memory. The device will have 500GB HDD, Bluetooth 4.0, DMI out for 4K content, Dual-band wireless-AC 2×2 and a Direct HDMI in with Ethernet. Other features include 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports and an optical audio out. The console can also be upgraded with Intel i5 or i7 processors and DDR3 RAM can be upgraded to 8GB.

The Alienware Alpha delivered PC-quality gameplay at 60FPS at maximum settings when Dark Souls 2 was tried out. The Alienware Alpha will include a wireless Xbox 360 controller and the console will be compatible with Valve Steam controller when Steam OS is released. The Alienware Alpha console range will be priced from $549 and will be available by the end of 2014.

In last September, Valve revealed the new Steam Box, following the announcement of SteamOS. The company will also planned to launch the Steam machines by work with other manufacturers.

Know more about Alienware Alpha on its official page. Watch the teaser video below.


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