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Alienware Steam Machine to cost as much as Xbox One, claims that's a bargain

Luke Johnson


Alienware Steam Machine
Alienware Steam Machine

The recently confirmed Alienware Steam Machine will be priced comparably with the premium Xbox One, with the gaming manufacturer claiming that this will be a bargain.

The PC gaming specialist was one of many gaming makers to unveil new Steam Machine designs last week, with the company’s connected console now tipped to launch in September. The console will run Valve’s Steam OS and be capable of playing downloadable games.

Now, although an exact Alienware Steam Machine price has yet to be confirmed, the company has claimed pricing the console comparably with the Xbox One, a console which costs £429 in the UK, will be a great deal for consumers.

“The commitment we are making from a price perspective is that it will be competitive with Xbox One and PS4,” Bryan De Zayas, Alienware’s Global Marketing Director told TrustedReviews. Remaining relatively vague on details he added: “That price will be for the box and we will be shipping it with a Valve controller.”

Although some gamers are sure to see the Alienware Steam Machine price being comparable to the Xbox One as a major, costly drawback, the company has suggested this will offer better value that Microsoft’s next-gen console – despite the Xbox offering an integrated Blu-ray player, more enhanced entertainment features and a second-generation Kinect motion gaming peripheral.

“From a price point perspective, we actually think that costing as much as an Xbox One or PS4 is going to be a big benefit,” De Zayas told us. “It will help better align us with that mentality from a gaming perspective that this fits in the same living room model.”

What’s more, the company has claimed that an Xbox One themed price will make the Alienware Steam Machine a better value device than what consumers could otherwise build themselves.

“Nobody will be able to build their own computer, that will perform this well, at the price we are going to be selling it for,” Alienware General Manager Frank Azor said speaking with TrustedReviews.

“In the past, there has been a premium when it comes to buying Alienware PCs, that is absolutely not going to be the case for this product.”

He added: “We can’t announce the exact price point yet, but when we do and people do the math, they aren’t going to be able to build it for the same price themselves.

“We are going to get the latest and greatest Intel CPUs, we are going to get the latest and greatest NVIDIA GPUs in this box, you are going have great memory configuration, great hard drive configuration, optimised performance, an incredible form factor.”

Read more: Steam Machine specs and prices


January 16, 2014, 1:19 pm

Cyberpower's suits me more. I've been a die-hard AMD guy since 2004, especially now that Mantel is out. The Cyberpower console looks better too. My desktop is also already 8-core FX8150 OC'd to 4.6GHZ, with 16GB RAM and HD6970, OC'd to 975MHZ + SSD (OS) + HDD...but I still want a Steam Machine, for by the TV.


January 16, 2014, 2:32 pm

Would not trust any Alienware products - they always have so many problems. I'm not sold on the Steam machines or the concept, I'll stick with my PC and my PS4 - more than enough gaming to keep me happy.


January 16, 2014, 2:40 pm

Save your money and get one of the streaming boxes when they drop. Unless you want to game on both machines at the same time, it's better to pay sub $200 than $500.

And I prefer the iBuyPower one to the Cyberpower... little lighter on the processer the R9 270 wins me over. And the "Freeman"/"Gordon" names :)

*edit* It's a 270. did not mean 290


January 16, 2014, 3:47 pm

Lol big fail. I could easily build a computer better then that box for $500. What a deal lol. Alienware makes great gaming rigs but they are also extremely overpriced, as is this box. No market for this junk, guaranteed fail.

Noel Grundy

January 16, 2014, 5:21 pm

How do you know you can make a better rig for $500? do you know the specs of the alienware system?


January 16, 2014, 11:07 pm

Maybe pre-dell alienware...but post dell?


January 16, 2014, 11:10 pm

I bet Alienware's idea of a competitive price will be an i5, mid-level 1GB card and 8GB DDR3 type system for $599... with an off-the-shelf $399 acer beside it, offering the same specs and just needing a psu upgrade to unlock way more power.

But I guess the steambox will be in that Wii-sized formfactor so I guess there is that...


January 17, 2014, 7:30 am

Alienware are the Mercedes Benz of gaming.

Keith Jones

January 17, 2014, 11:38 am

Would like to know what kinds of games will be used on this Alien ware steam like would you be able to just download from the steam website or do you have to buy a cd???.


January 17, 2014, 11:43 am

Don't get it. You could upgrade a self-build PC for a similar sum and that will be upgradeable. It will also function as a an all-round computer for purposes other than gaming.


January 17, 2014, 1:11 pm

I think the point is that it'll be a "living room" PC/console. I think it's a very tricky proposition though and the high-spec models might struggle to compete with the Xbox Ones and PS4s of this world.


January 17, 2014, 1:24 pm

But is the living room where Steam gamers live?

As for the living room hub idea, TV vendors are piling billions into that idea.


January 17, 2014, 2:09 pm

Digital download via steam.

Standard steam boxes run linux and are compatible with all steam titles currently compatible with Linux.

Someone will comment that "there aren't any Linux titles on steam", there are more than 300 at present(more than XBOne and PS4 have combined - launched or announced), and some of the largest game studio's out there(including Blizzard) have committed to porting over to Linux.

*Edit* removed THQ, kind of irrelevant what they say since they died last year.


January 17, 2014, 2:11 pm

Good to know you can build a better machine for less than the cost of this one without even knowing the cost or specs of the machine.

Alienware has been a changing company for years now. And getting into a new market(consoles)? Could easily come in aggressive here.

You are quite possibility correct, but the arrogance is ridiculous.


January 17, 2014, 3:48 pm

They list the specs...do a search


January 17, 2014, 3:49 pm

They list the specs, do a search. Of course the specs are "subject to change" lol.


January 17, 2014, 4:59 pm

No. They don't.

They clearly say it will have a haswell processor and the latest in nvidia graphics. That's it. That could be anything from $250-$1500 worth of hardware.


January 17, 2014, 6:15 pm

Then Sony must be the Rolls Royce of gaming.


January 17, 2014, 7:04 pm

Just looked again myself, and found the specs once again after a 10 sec search....try using ur hand for something besides..


January 17, 2014, 8:24 pm

apparently your reply got censored. Well let me respond anyway.

Please use your magic search engine to to provide a link to these mystical specs for a Alienware Steam machine that hasn't released any such info, and appears to be still be in the prototype phase.


January 18, 2014, 3:20 am

As an AMG owner, this offends me. My Benz is more along the lines of a Falcon Northwest.


January 18, 2014, 11:56 am

As an owner of a Peugeot 204 (54 plate), this does not!


March 1, 2014, 9:06 am

all i want to do is stream from my main rig. Once that gets sorted and fully working with zero lag and problems then were talking :-)

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