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After Alienware originally shipped out a Windows-based Steam Machine the Alienware Alpha, we now have them showing off and talking up their real SteamOS Steam Machine.

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It's nice to hear them clearly talk about it, and it seems the Windows-based unit they shipped a while ago gave them plenty of feedback on how to do better. One bit of feedback they have acted on is changing the hard drive from a 5400 RPM to 7200RPM. and that should make everything a little quicker to load.

They confirmed their Alienware Alpha with Windows will stick around, for anyone who doesn't want SteamOS. They are planning documentation and other things for people who want to "upgrade" (their words) to SteamOS on the Alpha. That's pretty good of them to be thinking like that, and maybe some people will.

They stated they have been in partnership with Valve for three years, so hopefully it works out for the both of them. It will certainly be helpful for us if it works.

Here's probably the most interesting thing about what the Alienware rep said:
QuoteMyself and a few colleagues have been around the world talking to all of the major game publishers, and I'll say that sharing news about Alienware Steam Machine and our plans and how it will be our flagship product, getting those publishers excited to get their content library whether it's a back catalogue or new games coming to SteamOS, you're going to see over the summer a lot more titles and software, big AAA titles, indies, things that are going to be your favourite are going to be coming to SteamOS.


That alone has me excited, and has made me like Alienware a lot more. It's not enough to announce a product, but to actually go around yourselves and try to get others on-board, that's worth cheering them on for.

Thanks boilingsteam for the video. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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tuubi 23 June 2015 at 9:10 am UTC
EikeThey're supposed to stand in the living room, so they should fit there optically, no?
Took a second to figure out what you meant by fitting optically, but obviously the currently announced steam machines are all going for the console aesthetic. I'd bet you'll see builds with standard components in something like a media pc case to go with the rest of your entertainment and hi-fi gadgets. I'm pretty sure though that you'll never see a steam machine in a hulking monster of a tower case like the Define R4 humming (or, well, being silent) beside my TV stand unless you build it yourself.
anth 26 June 2015 at 8:21 pm UTC
maodzedunI think we can call a Windows computer that boots into Steam Big picture a Steam Machine as well

From what we've seen Valve disagree with that, and will require that anything sold as a Steam Machine run SteamOS.

We know that some hardware vendors wanted to include optical drives but Valve wouldn't allow that, showing that Valve have some control over what can be labelled a Steam Machine. We also know that Dell came up a different name when their hardware was ready before Valve was, and I doubt that that name change was because Dell didn't want to cash in on the hype that already existed.
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