Alienware has announced it is now selling its Alpha “PC console”, starting at $550.
The Dell-owned gaming arm is selling its Alienware Alpha PC with an entry price of $550, going up to around $900. It ships with an Xbox 360 controller, features its own user interface dubbed Alpha-UI, is designed around Valve’s Steam Big Picture mode, and controller-enabled games. As for its operating system, it ships with Windows 8.1 from Microsoft.
The cheapest Alienware Alpha machine includes an Intel Core i3-4130T dual-core processor, a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M GPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB mechanical HDD. Dell is offering a bundle of games worth around $100 for those who managed to pre-order it, or purchase Alpha during its launch period.
Alienware General Manager Frank Azor explains “We’ve been working hard this past year to break the mold and develop a system that finally brings hundreds of Steam games, including some really fun indie titles, to TVs. The team and I are excited to finally deliver our vision for big screen gaming and give our fans a console that delivers true next-gen performance with the flexibility to choose how, what and where they want to play.”