PC hardware manufacturer Alienware has rebranded it’s first Steam Machine to the Alpha “games console”, dumping the Steam OS on the way and replacing it with Windows 8. Alienware and parent company Dell have given no explanation as to why the console is shipping without fledgling Valve OS.
The £429 model boosts an Xbox controller, 4GB RAM (less than the next gen consoles), a 500GB hard drive and a Dual-Core Intel i3 processor, which as far as I can tell, is a bit pants. The graphics chip, a “custom Nvidia Maxwell-based GPU” is welded on to the motherboard so cannot be upgraded.
“The Alienware Alpha is purpose-built for living room gaming, and represents a new direction for a truly open console platform,” said Frank Azor, Alienware General Manager. “With the Alpha, Alienware has made playing fun, new games with your friends in the living room not only simple, but affordable. With the exclusive Alpha-UI, gamers will be able to navigate all of Alpha’s core features with only a gamepad, without ever needing a keyboard and mouse.”