Personally I can’t say I’m a big fan of Alienware, I’ve often found them to be seriously overpriced given their specifications, but I do understand that there is a market for them given that not everyone knows how to, or can be bothered to build their own system. However, their SteamBox which was revealed at CES 2014 does look fantastic and I have to give them credit for their design. Of course, you know as well as I do that Steam Machine or SteamBox is just a clever marketing term for a normal PC with a different OS.
During the recent Valve Steam Dev Days Conference in Seattle, Alienware announced their their little box of gaming joy will feature some form of Haswell chip, given that Haswell will be getting a refresh later this year, we can only assume it will be one of the newer chips, not a current one. Alienware promise the system will “perform on par with a gaming notebook”, which is no bad thing, given that many gaming notebooks on the market today are impressive gaming machines in their own right.
The company will be aiming to hit several market segments, most likely a vague way of saying we’ll sell some cheaper models as well as some high end / more expensive models. The final date hasn’t been confirmed yet, but Dell have said that they’re targeting a September release, so stay tuned in the coming months for more details on the hardware and price of the latest SteamBox to join the party.
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