An Alienware Steam Machine was announced at CES 2014, but no specifications have been released yet.
With Alienware's reputation for powerhouse gaming computers, this could be great news for an otherwise not so famous list of new partners for Valve's Steam Machine. While the list shows that you'll have quite a selection to choose from, it's really what the machine can do that will sell it, unlike the Xbox One and PS4. Prices have been listed everywhere from $499 to $6000, so you're doing yourself a favor by waiting for the specs to be revealed.
The higher-end consoles are reported to push power and processing, and that's what the Alienware Steam Machine will likely do best. The less powerful versions will be better suited for online streaming, possibly making for better multiplayer experiences. Here are the consoles and what specs we know so far:
- The Alternate console boasts 16GB RAM, an Intel Core i5 4570 CPU, Gigabyte GTX 760 graphics, and a one Terabyte SSHD hard drive. The price given is $1,339.
- CyberPowerPC uses 8GB of RAM, 500GB storage, an AMD/Intel Core i5 CPU, and AMD Radeon R9 270 / Nvidia GTX 760 for graphics. This one is cheaper, at $499.
- Digital Storm's Bolt II uses 16GB RAM, an Intel Core i7 4770K CPU, GTX 780 Ti graphics, and one Terabyte HDD with 120GB SDD storage. It will set you back $2,584.
- Gigabyte's Brix Pro boasts 8GB RAM, an Intel Core i7 4770R CPU, Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics, and one Terabyte SATA 6Gb/s storage. No price has been set.
- Falcon Northwest's Tiki has 8 to 16GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan graphics, up to 6 Terabytes storage, and a customizable CPU. This is the potentially priciest one of the bunch at $1,799 to $6000, and also has the most flexible specs.
- iBuyPower boasts 8GB RAM, 500GB or more storage, a Quad Core AMD or Intel CPU, and Radeon GCN Graphics capabilities. This one is more competitively priced at $499 and up, probably depending on what you want to upgrade.
- Materiel.Net has 8GB RAM, an Intel Core i5 4440 CPU, MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC graphics, and storage from 8GB to one Terabyte SSHD. This one goes for $1,098.
- OriginPC's Chronos uses two 6GB Nividia GeForce GTX Titans graphics cards, an Intel Core i7 4770K (3.9-4.6 GHz) CPU, and is fully customizable with a price to match.
- Next Spa boasts 8GB RAM and one Terabyte of storage, with an Intel Core i5 CPU and Nvidia GT 760 graphics. The price has not been announced yet.
- Scan's NC10 uses 8GB RAM and 500GB storage, an Intel Core i3 4000M CPU, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics. The given price is $1,090.
- WebHallen boasts 16GB RAM, a one Terabyte SSHD hard drive, an Intel Core i7 4771 CPU, and Nvidia GTX 780 graphics. The asking price is $1,499.
- Zotac's specs are mostly undetermined, but the price of $599 seems to point to a lower-end Steam Machine.
"Alienware designed its upcoming Steam Machine to deliver the benefits of PC gaming in an incredibly small footprint, providing the best balance between size, performance and aesthetics for the living room gaming experience. The Alienware Steam Machine echoes the build quality and advanced engineering that are the hallmarks of the brand including a custom-built chassis to provide optimal thermal and acoustic management for a gaming console destined for the living room."Do you think the Alienware Steam Machine specs will be worth waiting for, or do you plan on buying one of the less pricey consoles on the list?