Alienware Alpha pre-orders go live, will bring console-like PC gaming to living rooms by November

Jos

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After making an appearance at E3 2014, Alienware's Alpha small from factor gaming PC is now up for pre-order at $550 with shipments due in November. The device was originally announced as part of the initial Steam Machines lineup, but...

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amstech

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"it’s more about making PC gaming accessible in a frustration-free package for anyone."

No pun intended but that's going to be interesting as hell. For example, even with Steam games and a well put together rig you are still going to run into driver issues/random glitches and connectivity/peripheral issues. Maybe I am just being my normal doushy critical self but even the best, most experienced riggers deal with the occasional issue.
If I had time to think I could brainstorm countless more examples; and Puh-lease don't get me wrong I am all for the idea of giving some a hassle-free desktop gaming experience but even with Nvidia based solutions and a set environment it still seems quite worrisome.

Or maybe I am totally off base and living in the past? Probably.
 

WangDangDoodle

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I guess it's just too much to ask for people to hold their piss and wait for the real thing. I wanna know the name of the ***** behind this cerebral misconception! What the hell are they thinking? Alienware introduced, THE STEAM MACHINE... only not. ROFLMAO!
 

9Nails

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I played one at ComicCon. The game system works. But do I need it? I wasn't able to answer that.
 

hahahanoobs

Posts: 3,130   +1,308
Valve is wasting their time with SteamOS. This is what should of been done at least 5 years ago already. Alienware IS a name console gamers should know, unlike... linux and some funky controller.
 

darkzelda

Posts: 398   +206
Well it seems to me a good idea, it could be a very attractive device for people who doesn't know much about computers, but still like pc games, and I know that kind of people. I could even buy one for myself and put it in the living room next to my TV, I even think this device a better than a Steam machines who only comes with Steam OS, for example, what if I want to play FIFA 15 with my friends but I only bound to Steam games? No matter what, you'll need windows running in order to enjoy the whole of the pc gaming world.
 

money

Posts: 70   +17
That's pretty cool, almost for the price of a console a fully functional small factor budget gaming PC with Windows that can be used as a console. Though I am not interested it is still an appealing product.
 

chip igmo

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the Alpha runs Windows 8.1 with a custom user interface designed to deliver a very console-like experience -- but you can still switch to desktop mode. Alienware is also bundling one Xbox 360 wireless gamepad and dongle with each Alpha to make up for the delayed Steam Controller.
At $550 with an HDMI cable, Xbox 360 wireless controller and dongle, plus 2 free games it’s not a bad deal either. Alienware says the Alpha can run games like Dark Souls II and both Metro Redux and Dying Light smoothly with high quality settings and anti-aliasing at 1080p.
nice price point... also, is this how windows 9 will behave (touch-mode vs gaming ui vs 'desktop mode')?
 
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Is there any software available that uses PC as a console running all of my games independent of steam or anything ?
 

scottie

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I like this alienware because its new & different. You basically get a gaming console & desktop features for internet browsing & online gaming. They said they allready have 400 games out , wow they are pushing games out like its nothing. He said some people prefer keyboard over game controller , yeah right. But yeah , its not bad for the price , considering everything u get. Also I like how it looks..... only one problem , good luck at going up against ps4
 
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I don't get it. I'm a PC gamer. Sorry I am not a console gamer. Never have been and never will be. I despise console controllers. I'm baffled why this system and the potential steam machine are using controllers. You know I can still use a keyboard and louse in my living room just fine.
 
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I totally agree with you on this...and it's price is probably going to be equivalent to my i7 (South Africa has a crappy reputation for adding a couple of thousand rand to the RRP, just because they can!)