Alienware Steam Machine drops SteamOS and controller support


Alienware Steam Machine drops SteamOS and controller support
Alienware’s Alpha, which was originally intended to launch as a Steam Machine, will instead be released later this year with Windows 8.1 and Xbox 360 controller support.

The move comes after Valve delayed the launch of its Steam Machines project until 2015. This project includes Valve’s SteamOS as well as the Steam controller. However, once this project goes ahead, Alienware plans to offer a Steam Machine version of the Alpha.

Executive director of the Alienware PC gaming division of Dell, Frank Azor said in an interview with GamesBeat that the company’s objective is to bring PC gaming to the living room. He said, “We’re delivering a solution that makes Windows a great experience on the TV. This is an experience designed for the living room.”

The change of plan could also make the cost of the system more expensive than originally planned, according to Azor. The system will support the Big Picture mode of Valve’s Steam software and, on the bright side, players will be able to buy and run any of the hundreds of games that Steam and Windows support.

The Alpha will ship at $549 during the 2014 holiday season.

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