Submitted by SteamFirst 44d ago | news

Alienware will Sell their Steam Machine Without SteamOS

SteamFirst: It has just been announced that Alienware will be launching their Steam machine model without the SteamOS offering the same specifications as their planned Steam machine but with Windows installed along with the Steam interface. Steam will automatically launch in big picture mode giving the gamers a more console like experience. (PC, Steam Machines)

incendy35  +   44d ago
If it comes with Windows that is a pretty good deal, I would still build your own though, much more fun and let's you choose each part.
SteamFirst  +   44d ago
I personally prefer windows myself as well. I want to play all of my Steam titles. This is a decent deal if you don't want to build your own.
onyoursistersback  +   44d ago
i think i will be getting one latter this year....my laptop is starting to get slow, and i need to upgrade.
Consoleslateagain  +   44d ago
i want the case of these steam machines more than anything. they said alienware have some custom part in the pcgamer.com article. but yeah i just want the case.

i want linux to take off but we all know its hard to do when your basically locked in to windows. its everywhere and you cant move on because companies dont move on because we are locked in. an endless dumb cycle thanks wundows.

i dont even want to move on to windows 8. i dont even want to support windows anymore.
NYC_Gamer  +   44d ago
It's because OGL is just one huge mess that developers are having problems with
ABizzel1  +   44d ago
It depends on the pricing, but still I can build a solidmid range pc for $500 easy.
OrangePowerz  +   44d ago
In reality Alienware is doing "steam machines" aka console sized PCs for years now since they started with their X51. That's why I don't get all the hype around it, there is nothing new about the hardware it's been done for years now. All the hype comes from slapping the name of Valve on the whole concept. Steam OS is a good idea, but nothing on the hardware side deserves all that hype and frankly I would much rather prefer Valve to go back making games instead of playing around.
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Volkama  +   44d ago
Steam machines and Steam OS may flop and disappear, but don't wish for Valve to stop playing around! Their vision and their playing have steered PC gaming very well indeed.
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OrangePowerz  +   44d ago
I have no problem with the Steam OS and think it's a good idea. My issue is with what they do on the hardware side. What steam machines should have been is a number of specific hardware configurations like 2 low end, 2 mid range and 2 high end configurations. That way developers could work towards specific configurations to optimize their games. Since you have the same amount of different configurations with the steam machines the games will most likely be similar unoptimized to Windows PC games.
ninjahunter  +   44d ago
Well, i3's have proven themselves to be pretty capable outside of hitman and battlefield. But im more interested in non vague specs. theres a very large discrpancy between the lower end 800 series and the higher end 800 series.
Blaydyn  +   44d ago
Not much of a steam machine since some of these cost $2000 or even $3000 and it comes with Windows.
jazmac  +   44d ago
Steam Machine isn't actually a thing I hope you all realise...It's a PC, same components, same small cases you can easily get right now, same peripherals, same price, same everything.

SteamOS however is actually something. I personally don't see this OS getting the traction it needs as it doesn't have any of the (few) qualities that a console has;

No guarantee that whatever "Steam Machine"(PC) you get will run all games for its entire life span.
Same peripheral for anyone who uses it i.e. the controller.

Nor does it improve upon the current PC platform and in some areas is actually worse.

Lack of games that will run on the SteamOS compared to Windows.
In some of the converted games the graphics options are worse/missing (Metro Last Light).

If the SteamOS doesn't have something it can call its own or does something better, what's the actual point in using it?

As for the Steam Controller, I haven't used it so take this as just an assessment based on observation. I can't see those tracking pads being better than your current controller for most game genres, I think it will be less reponsive and have a larger chance of making a mistake due to the nature of using a trackpad.

It might be better for RTS but won't be anything close to mouse/keyboard which I never get why people say they can't use a mouse/keyboard in front of a TV while sitting on a couch.

In conclusion with even the most optimistic view on this, you might make it marginally more convenient to connect up your PC to a television to play on the big screen but honestly I don't think it's even going to give you that.
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