The Alienware Alpha gaming console is based on Valve's Steam Machine hardware platform that was unveiled at CES in January.
Computer hardware manufacturer Alienware has just announced its gaming console that is set to be launched later this year. The Alienware Alpha gaming console is based on Valve's Steam Machine hardware platform that was unveiled at CES in January.
Valve's Steam OS and Steam Controller aren't going to arrive anytime soon, so the Alpha gaming console can be treated as a Steam Machine without SteamOS. Once SteamOS launches next year, users can download and install the OS on the gaming console, Alienware said.
It's worth noting that the Alpha console will be running Windows 8.1, making it a regular Windows machine. Apart from games, users can watch videos and open their favorite sites on a web browser. But that's not the point here, right?
The console, however, will be pre-installed with Steam's Big Picture interface. Now let's dig into the hardware specifications of the console.
The Alienware Alpha is powered by a Core i3 Haswell processor and an NVIDIA Maxwell GPU. Note that the new Maxwell graphics architecture from NVIDIA is roughly twice as powerful as the older NVIDIA Kepler GPU.
Also note that Alienware will be launching Core i5 and Core i7 models of the console. Other features include a 4GB DDR3 1600 RAM, 500GB SATA 3 HDD, Dual-band Wireless-AC 1x1 with Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI-out, HDMI-in, 2x USB 3.0 and 2X USB 2.0. Pricing starts at $549.