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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.
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jsa1983 19 June 2015 at 11:30 am UTC
Quotea lot more titles and software, big AAA titles, indies, things that are going to be your favourite are going to be coming to SteamOS

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liamdawe 19 June 2015 at 11:32 am UTC
I was going to say that's probably them being optimistic, but they probably have a lot of inside confirmations from demoing their device to developers. So, I shall remain optimistic on this one.
jsa1983 19 June 2015 at 11:41 am UTC
liamdaweI was going to say that's probably them being optimistic, but they probably have a lot of inside confirmations from demoing their device to developers. So, I shall remain optimistic on this one.

Yeah, probably... But hey, it's also Friday
darkszluf 19 June 2015 at 11:43 am UTC
still i feel like the lack of things like fallout 4 or gta V is a big kick in the face.
ricki42 19 June 2015 at 11:46 am UTC
I'm torn between hype and disbelieve. 'over the summer' sounds like very soon, so wouldn't we have heard something at least about some of them? Unless the AAA games he's talking about are Shadow of Mordor and Batman, which isn't bad, but not really 'a lot'.
WorMzy 19 June 2015 at 12:46 pm UTC
I find it strange that these games haven't been announced. You'd think that, in the months leading up to the release of a console, that there'd be a lot of big names being thrown around as "launch day titles" to get people excited. Unless that's what he means by that quote.

I think "things that are going to be your favourite" is an interesting choice of words. :o
Ilya 19 June 2015 at 12:58 pm UTC
Man, I'm hoping so bad that he's not exaggerating when he says 'a lot'. It's not like I don't have sweet games to play, but E3 was slightly disappointing for a fanatux like me.
XCOM 2, Shadow Warrior 2 and Batman.
pd12 19 June 2015 at 1:09 pm UTC
my strategy: keep low expectations and be pleasantly surprised =)
mao_dze_dun 19 June 2015 at 1:36 pm UTC
I hate the fact you can't upgrade it. And the price tag, as well. I understand it's all due to the small form but it still bugs me immensely.
Cyba.Cowboy 19 June 2015 at 1:54 pm UTC
"After Alienware originally shipped out a Windows-based Steam Machine the Alienware Alpha"

A "Steam Machine" is a hardware platform that runs the Linux-based "SteamOS" operating system, not a Microsoft Windows-based operating system... This was a Windows-based gaming computer, nothing more.

There's a pretty big difference, a fact this site should be well aware of.

Call it being picky if you want, but the terminology is important, if Steam Machines and SteamOS are ever going to marketed correctly... Otherwise you'll confuse people, and possibly even discourage people from SteamOS (e.g. someone buys a Windows-based computer with the Steam client - "Look, I have a 'Steam Machine!'"

Just because the majority of the users on this site use Linux-based operating systems, a Windows-based computer user might be reading this article... More likely, a third-party site will pick this article up, and then someone reading that site will mus-interpret what a "Steam Machine" is.


maodzedunI hate the fact you can't upgrade it.

Um, did you even watch the video?

Aside from the obvious fact that a "Steam Machine" is quite literally a standard computer running the Linux-based SteamOS in a flashy case (i.e. it's just as upgradable as any other computer), "Chris" from Alienware even specifically states that you can upgrade the components!

I daresay that some Steam Machines will go with a console-like approach and make component upgrades difficult (e.g. with custom cases purpose-designed to be secure and tamper-proof, etc...), but it certainly won't be impossible for any of them and I would imagine that the process would be simple for most Steam Machines...
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