CES 2014: Valve teams up with Alienware to create the ultimate PC ‘gaming console’
Well, now it is time for PC gamers to rejoice with Valve’s upcoming series of small form-factor gaming computers. The famed Half-Life and Steam platform creator has collaborated with 13 PC hardware companies to create 13 different versions of the so-named Steam Machine. The mighty Alienware (Dell’s flagship subsidiary) surely stands tall among these hardware giants, as is evident from its CES 2014 showcasing of an elegantly svelte version of the PC ‘gaming console’. The evolved build quality of the Alienware Steam Machine can be comprehended from the proportional size and the complementary style. This balanced embodiment is touted to have specs that are much more powerful (as expected) than the current-gen consoles of Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
This is what Gabe Newell, the founder of Valve, had to say about the momentous collaboration –
Alienware’s historic commitment to gaming, their design and engineering capabilities and their global reach made them an ideal partner for us on our Steam Machine project. The result of our collaboration is the Alienware Steam Machine, a console that encapsulates the full potential of what a Steam Machine should be.
Alienware will also commercially release their X51 desktop, as a part of the Steam Machine line-up. This means – the users can choose between two variant form-factor PC systems; the Alienware Steam Machine console and the Alienware Steam Machine X51. Unfortunately, Dell has still not showcased any specs of the gaming computers, with availability expected to commence from late 2014.
As for the other Steam Machines, the prices range from $499 for iBuyPower (with Quad Core AMD or Intel processor and Radeon GCN Graphics) to $2,500 for Digital Storm’s Bolt II (with Intel Core i7 4770K processor and GTX 780 Ti GPU).