In late 2013, Valve indicated that they’d launch a brand new hardware platform, known as Steam Machines, to rival the new generation of game consoles. But the expected mid-2014 launch date has come and gone, and thanks to several delays on Valve’s end, we’re not expected to see the first formal Steam Machines until sometime in 2015. That didn't stop a bunch of companies from launching their own console-like systems running Steam in 2014. The Alienware Alpha is a compact living room gaming PC that suits the gamer wanting better graphics, frame rates, and resolutions on a more consistent basis. On top of this, you get the advantages of gaming on a PC, such as a massive game library, cheaper games and the excellent modding community. Read the complete review.