Alienware launching its Steam Machine with Windows 8.1 this year for $549



May 4, 2013
Alienware have decided to launch it's Steam Machine this year replacing the SteamOS with Windows 8.1 instead, the system is going to be called Alpha.

In an interview with PCWorld, Frank Azor, general manager of Alienware, said Valve helped modify Big Picture mode so it fits with the console's glowing lights and other design elements. Azor added that the console will support SteamOS when it launches next year.

Until SteamOS launches, Alienware will sell the Alpha with an Xbox 360 controller instead of Valve's custom Steam controller, with costs beginning at $549. At that price, the Alpha will feature the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i3 Haswell processor
  • Custom Nvidia Maxwell-based GPU (2GB dedicated GDDR5 memory)
  • 500GB SATA 3 HDD
  • 4GB of 1600MHz memory
  • Dual-band Wireless-AC 1x1 with Bluetooth 4.0
  • HDMI-out, HDMI-in (with pass-through), Gigabit Ethernet, optical audio out, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports
Consumers will be able to customise the console to feature Intel's faster Core i5 and i7 processors, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB or 2TB hard drives. Despite previous statements that the console isn't designed to be upgraded, Azor said users can upgrade almost everything except for the custom graphics card, though it won't be easy to upgrade as Alienware's other systems.

Source: Meet Alienware's Alpha console, a Steam Machine without SteamOS (for now) | PCWorld