Dell Ships Alienware Alpha 'PC Console' Gaming System

When Valve initially revealed its partners for the company’s Steam Machine, Alienware was one of the first on board. However, since the Steam Machine was delayed, Alienware decided to go ahead and re-package the device. Called the Alienware Alpha, the company has started shipping the device out to consumers who pre-ordered the PC console.

The Alienware Alpha has a starting price of $549 with the low end version featuring an Intel Core i3 4130T dual-core processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 500GB hard drive, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M GPU. The $799 model swaps out the i3 for an Intel Core i5 4590T quad-core processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB hard drive while the most expensive version will cost consumers $899 and features an Intel Core i7 4765T quad-core processor, 8BG of DDR3 RAM, and a 2TB hard drive.

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While the Alpha console will not come with the Steam Controller, the main reason why Valve delayed its PC console, all versions of Alienware’s Alpha console will come with an Xbox 360 wireless controller and a USB adapter. The device will boot into Dell’s Alpha UI, which is a menu designed to be friendly with controllers, or gamers can choose to boot into Steam Big Picture or Windows 8.1.

Included with the Alienware Alpha a selection of games that includes Magicka, Metro: Last Light, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Awesomenauts, Payday 2, and Strike Suit Zero.

What do you think of the Alienware Alpha? Are you planning to pick one up or are you waiting for the Steam Machine? Or is the concept of a PC console an unappealing one?