We've been hearing about crossing the great divide between PC gaming and console gaming for quite some time, so it's good to see some products finally make it into the marketplace to realize that vision. If you're looking for a living room experience that's out of this world, the newly launched Alienware Steam Machine just might be the gaming-centric PC solution for you.
As you can quite plainly see and read, it's a Steam Machine. That means it's powered by Valve's SteamOS, transporting your PC gaming experience into virtually any room in the home. Most of us will want it in the living room to play on what is likely the biggest screen and the loudest speakers in the house. In the case of the Alienware Steam Machine, you get a "high performance" PC gaming system that's been optimized into a console-like experience, including options for Core i5 and Core i7 processors, as well as up to 8GB of RAM.
To further sweeten the pot, Alienware is tossing in some free bonuses. You'll get full versions of Screenchat and Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball, plus the full version of PAYDAY 2 2015 GOTY Edition early next year. The base SKU is listed at $599.99 Canadian and comes with a Core i3 processor, NVIDIA GTX graphics, and a 500GB hard drive.
Hit up the official product page and read the press release below for more information.
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Alienware Steam Machine Provides a New Way to Enjoy PC Gaming Beginning Today
- Collaboration between Alienware and Valve creates an easy, open and simple way to play PC games in virtually any room
- Alienware Steam Machine is designed to combine the ease of a console with the freedom of a PC
- Purchase an Alienware Steam Machine and get three full games: PAYDAY 2 2015 Game of the Year Edition (available for SteamOS in early 2016), Screencheat and Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball plus additional DLC
TORONTO, Nov. 11, 2015 – The gaming community can unwrap an early holiday gift with the official launch of the Alienware Steam Machine. Marking an innovative collaboration between Alienware, a pioneer in specialty high-performance PC gaming systems, and Valve Software, the developer of the world’s largest online gaming platform, the Alienware Steam Machine is a customized gaming solution that extends a traditional PC gaming environment into a console-like experience for virtually any room.
With the ease of a console and the freedom of a PC, the Alienware Steam Machine combines Alienware’s acclaimed design innovation, reliability and performance with Valve’s SteamOS, one of the most immense game libraries and gamer communities on the planet. Enjoy access to more than 1,500 SteamOS games plus thousands more via in home streaming and over 100 million users to play with. Along with free access (no subscription costs) to this enormous library of inexpensive and free-to-play games, the SteamOS ecosystem is an established pipeline for games yet to come. For your game collection today and into the future, cross-platform support and backward and forward catalog support are hallmarks of the Steam ecosystem, making the Alienware Steam Machine much more than just a console. The Alienware Steam Machine delivers the ultimate living room gaming environment, allowing players to kick back on the sofa with just a controller – no keyboard or mouse required.
Alienware Steam Machine will be bundled with free bonus content including the complete versions of PAYDAY 2 2015 Game of the Year Edition, Screencheat and Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball. It will also include free-to-play titles Brawlhalla (for Windows-based Steam environment) and Warthunder with special in-game items; an Alienware-branded skin plus 200 Mammoth Coins in Brawlhalla and a M18 Black Cat Tank and a XP-38G Lightning plane in Warthunder.
The base model starts at $599.99 CDN with a Core i3 processor, High Performance NVIDIA GTX graphics and a 500 GB Hard Drive. Upgraded versions include Core i5 and i7 processors, up to 1TB Hard Drive capacity and 8GB of memory. All models come bundled with the revolutionary new Steam Gamepad.