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Steam Machine Platform from Alienware: Not What You Expected; Too Expensive for a Console that Lacks Flexibility

Dec 30, 2014 11:33 AM EST | By Adelyn Torralba
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When Valve first announced its Steam Machine platform, a lot of people were extremely excited for its release, which was supposed to take place this year. Thrill and suspense continued to build up as more and more consumers learned of the news. However, the company had to make changes to its supposed launch, and unfortunately, these involved delaying its unveiling to next year.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), Alienware is still going to push through with its plan of having its very own gaming platform. This offering comes with a controller from the Microsoft Xbox system and a custom-made interface with a whopping size of 10 feet. So, should the gamers who have been really psyched about the Valve Steam Machine be happy about this?

Well, Extreme Tech apparently does not think so. According to the site, while the product is definitely interesting, this quality does not really make it a worthy investment. There are a few reasons why, with one of them being lack of flexibility. As you may well be aware of, the gaming side of PC systems can be tweaked, something that you cannot really do with the Alienware machine. In addition, compared to the Sony PlayStation 4, this offering is pricier.

If you are wondering how high the price tags are, you should know that the cheapest is at $549. This kind of money will already get you a device that comes equipped with a dual core CPU (Intel Core i3-4130T CPU), an Nvidia GeForce GTX GPU, a DDR3L RAM of 4GB, a 2GB GDDR5, as well as a 500GB hard drive. The most expensive system is priced at $350 more.

Engadget has something nice to say about it though. According to the site, the small, PC-like gaming console can be a welcome addition to any entertainment center, despite the fact that it is not actually the forerunner in the steam machine market.

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