As part of E3 2014, the manufacturer Alienware has highlighted Alpha, a Steam Machine that will be available at $549 this year, without the Steam OS and without the Steam Controller.
An initiative Valve communicated earlier this year, the Steam Machines appear as computers lounge – running the GNU/Linux operating system called Steam OS – that will play our favorite PC games from our couch. Many manufacturers will provide their own equipment, including Alienware.
The latter presented the Alpha under E3. This Steam Machine will not be overpriced but will be released at about 549 dollars, for an output at the end of 2014.
Configuration level, it will issue a Core i3 Haswell processor, 4GB of RAM, a graphics card with NVIDIA Maxwell 2GB GDDR5 and a hard disk of 500 GB. In terms of connectivity, it will rely on Wi- Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet jack, HDMI ports (input and output), two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports.
The particularity of this Steam Machine concentrated is that it does not contain Steam OS, but Windows 8.1 64-bit. However, Alienware stated that the material is perfectly "Steam ready" and assured that the games will run up to 1080p at 60 frames per second.
To overcome the fact that the Steam Controller – official Joystick of Valve for Steam Machines – will come out in 2015, Alienware will deliver its Alpha model this year with an Xbox 360 pad.