Alienware has announced that the Alienware Steam Machine will be released in late 2014, with the full support of Valve.
A four-year collaboration between Valve and Alienware has resulted in what will be the Alienware Steam Machine, but you won’t be able to get one until much later this year.
The Alienware Steam Machine will have a very small footprint, but still deliver great performance. Alienware aims to make its Steam Machine “unobtrusive in a media cabinet.”
Alienware began pre-installing Steam on its systems four years ago, meaning Valve has had a unique opportunity to work with the company for many years. Valve believes this has had a strong impact on the Alienware Steam Machine.
“We have been working with Alienware since we began defining our vision of the Steam Machine. Alienware’s historic commitment to gaming, their design and engineering capabilities and their global reach made them an ideal partner for us on our Steam Machine project,” explained Gabe Newell, Valve Founder. “The result of our collaboration is the Alienware Steam Machine, a console that encapsulates the full potential of what a Steam Machine should be.”
Alienware has yet to release the specs for its Steam Machine, but states that more details will be released throughout the year.
The company will also release a Steam Machine version of the Alienware X51 desktop PC alongside the dedicated Steam Machine console.
This will allow you to choose which form factor you prefer for your new Steam Machine later in the year.
“With the introduction of the X51 system nearly two years ago, Alienware kicked off an evolution of small form factor PC gaming systems designed for every living area,” said Frank Azor, Co-Founder and GM of Alienware. “When Valve and Alienware began collaborating on our vision for a PC gaming console several years ago we could clearly see we were on to revolutionising PC gaming forever.”
At CES 2014, Valve announced 13 Steam Machine partners including Alienware, with the first prices starting to trickle out.
The Scan NC10 Steam Machine will cost £699 in the UK, and will be released later this year.
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