The Alienware has decided to launch their SteamOS machine this year as a Windows 8.1 PC, the Alienware Alpha. While it might be uses the Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8.1 OS, the team at Alienware (part of Dell from year 2006) are also developing their own User Interface, which will allow owners to use the Alpha as a gaming PC with an included Xbox 360 controller, with no requirement to use the Windows 8.1 desktop.
About a year ago, the Valve has announced a plan to launch its own Linux-based operating system, SteamOS, which was designed to be used in small living room PCs to play.
The Alienware Alpha, which is currently available for pre-order for shipment in the month of November, from the Alienware’s General Manager Frank Azor has said that they also offered us some thoughts on the PC gaming industry in general, tells us if Alienware will ever launch a gaming-themed tablet, and more.
The Alienware Alpha was ready and our customers told us that they wanted a purpose-built solution to play their favorite PC titles in their living room. All of the main elements are in the Alpha which was purpose-built for the living room,it has abundant number content to Steam including over 3,500 games, 500 gamepad supported games and over 250 local multiplayer games. It also has a great Living room GUI in Steam Big Picture with a very popular and successful gamepad with the Xbox 360 wireless gamepad. The Alienware Alpha price range starts at $549 and comes bundled with an Xbox 360 gamepad.
While it seems like a more expensive product as compared to an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 there are a lot of factors to consider:
- The steam games are much less expensive on average than traditional console games
- The library of games is exponentially larger on Steam and you can play your back catalog of games you’ve previously purchased
- There are no subscription costs to access the Steam network, and play games online
- The Alpha comes bundled with 9 games, 3 of which has already been announced, traditional consoles don’t come with any at their entry price points
- You can also use your existing Xbox 360 gamepads rather than having to buy a whole new set of gamepads
- You can upgrade several components in it yourself, including the hard drive, memory, CPU and WiFi card
- Ohh and it’s also a fully featured Windows based PC if you chose to use it as such basically giving you 2 products for the price of 1″