Alienware Alpha (Console size PC controlled by Controller) + 4 free games + Xbox 360 wireless controller £429.17 @ Amazon (Pre Order)
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Alienware Alpha (Console size PC controlled by Controller) + 4 free games + Xbox 360 wireless controller £429.17 @ Amazon (Pre Order)

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Found 21st Nov 2014
•The Ease of a Console - The Freedom of a PC
•Open ecosystem supports all your favorite windows PC games, software and hardware
•PC Gaming Console for the Living Room - Best Price/Performance/Form Factor offering
•Windows 8.1 and including a wireless Xbox360 Gamepad
•Boots into Windows with custom Alpha UI - 100% Game Controller user interface
•Supports Windows AAA and Indie game titles via Steam Big Picture
•Rapidly expanding (over 450 titles already) Windows Steam game library with Full Controller support
•Windows 8.1 OS interface for Social Media integration, News, Weather, etc…

As a PC player mostly you often here console owners saying they would like a PC but in a console form, well Alienware listened, this is getting rave reviews across the pond, it is tiny and I mean tiny, about half the size of the PS4...

Now this version is not the strongest as they go up in price but for those of you who hate missing out on all the incredible steam games that go for cheap this is ideal, the best bet would be to have a PS4 and one of these, or just a stronger version of one of these

2.9 GHz Intel Core i3-4130T Processor, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, Windows 8

dell.com/uk/…spx
- Agharta

One thing OP needs to add is the connections the Alpha has. Blows that mini pc out of the water with hdmi in pass through for TV boxes or even Xbox ps4 and 2 extra USB slots including one inside the case that can hide a permanent micro dongle like the one that comes with Logitech pads and keyboards. Here are the specs:
External Chassis Connections
2x USB 2.0 (Front)
2x USB 3.0 (Back)
1x RJ45 GbE
1x HDMI-Out 1.4a
1x HDMI-In
1x optical audio out (Toslink)
1x DC in

Internal Chassis Connections
1x USB 2.0 – Tool-less access via bottom door

OP can you add these to header?

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Original Poster

http://blogs-images.forbes.com/jasonevangelho/files/2014/11/unnamed-2.jpg


Alienware Alpha
The Alienware Alpha Console, specifically designed around Valve’s Steam Big-Picture mode, what we believe is the best way to experience your PC games in the living room.
Alienware Alpha is a 100% turn-key-console. The Alienware Alpha console will ship with an Xbox 360 controller included, and through a custom software interface exclusive to Alienware, is designed to be navigated easily and seamlessly—no mouse or keyboard required.
Alienware Alpha, powered by Steam Big-Picture, gives gamers quick and easy access to the 3000+ games on Steam, and over 500 games that are controller-supported with more coming every day. If you already have a Steam account, all your existing games can be played on the Alpha.
A Console Worthy of the Title “Next-Gen”
At the heart of the Alienware Alpha’s performance is the GPU, and it’s truly one-of-a-kind. Alienware and NVIDIA engineers worked carefully to develop a custom graphics solution that maximizes gaming performance while carefully balancing the thermal envelope and power utilization, ultimately developing an ideal and unique graphics platform that runs cool and quiet while delivering the graphical horsepower that gamers demand.
Leveraging the GTX 860M, based off NVIDIA’s newest Maxwell architecture, Alienware was able to increase the standard performance even further- customizing the GPU to run at speeds found in no other device. To ensure a quick execution protocol, Alienware and NVIDIA paired 2GB of GDDR5 memory to the Alpha’s custom GTX GPU.
So get ready to dial-up the settings on your Alienware Alpha, and rest assured that you’ll be playing the best new games at true 1080p resolutions, while experiencing the gaming performance of a hardware platform that is finally worthy of the title “next-gen.”

Edited by: "Aeschylus" 21st Nov 2014

Want one of these look decent

Original Poster

davver99

Want one of these look decent



it has a real chance to do well, of course the PC enthusiast still come out of the closet with their "build it for cheaper" but this thing is tiny and allows people to play games from the best library hands down, with excellent prices

Original Poster

benchmark using this base model, obviously if you buy a higher model you will get better results

Batman: Arkham Origins
FXAA High, All DirectX 11 Features Enabled, PhysX Normal = Average 65fps

Metro: Last Light Redux
Medium Quality, 4xAF, Tessellation Off = Average 58fps

BioShock Infinite
Very High Quality = Average 55fps

GRID Autosport
High Quality, 4xMSAA = Average 75fps

Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition
Medium Quality, Normal Anti-aliasing = Average 66fps

Editor

Aeschylus

it has a real chance to do well, of course the PC enthusiast still come … it has a real chance to do well, of course the PC enthusiast still come out of the closet with their "build it for cheaper" but this thing is tiny and allows people to play games from the best library hands down, with excellent prices



Looks like a December 11th release, just as a heads up.

Too late, too expensive an bound to be hobbled to steam...cold

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philjstephenson

Too late, too expensive an bound to be hobbled to steam...cold



WTF does hobbled to steam mean...

English please

So alien ware release their own psuedo steam box before steam's steam box has chance to gather steam.

Original Poster

thelaine

So alien ware release their own psuedo steam box before steam's steam box … So alien ware release their own psuedo steam box before steam's steam box has chance to gather steam.



yep, apparently the custom UI is excellent

lets face it a lot of steam games do not require a lot of hi tech to run i will look into these when they are out for a few months but pc gaming on a joypad heven forbid. Keyboard and mouse is the only way to play hard core pc gameing after 14 years of counter strike i am pretty sure i woulden't get no way near the level of skill i had using kb and mouse.

but in theory the pc console does offer a good alternative to having a bulky pc station that takes up a lot of room in the house

thelaine

So alien ware release their own psuedo steam box before steam's steam box … So alien ware release their own psuedo steam box before steam's steam box has chance to gather steam.



steam's steam box? do you mean valve of so they're not making their own version only letting others, including alienware, build them. strange there's no steam controller.

Can you still use this as an everyday PC as well or is it purely a games console?

Aeschylus

WTF does hobbled to steam mean...English please


you have to be logged into Steam to.play anything. .. u can't play offline...such a waste..and it was English....heathen

Original Poster

hornblowerracing

Can you still use this as an everyday PC as well or is it purely a games … Can you still use this as an everyday PC as well or is it purely a games console?



yes it is a full version of 8.1, so you still get the benefits if you wish of KB/M or using applications, but you can also boot direct to Steam using a custom UI

Original Poster

philjstephenson

you have to be logged into Steam to.play anything. .. u can't play … you have to be logged into Steam to.play anything. .. u can't play offline...such a waste..and it was English....heathen



wrong, so best you do your homework, it has a full version of windows on it as well, dual boot....

I accept your apology

dam it just bought a s**ty wii U

Aeschylus

it has a real chance to do well, of course the PC enthusiast still come … it has a real chance to do well, of course the PC enthusiast still come out of the closet with their "build it for cheaper" but this thing is tiny and allows people to play games from the best library hands down, with excellent prices



I dont think its so much a case of build it for cheaper its more a case of spend the same money and get a lot more power but then most people dont want to have to build it

Banned

fkyfrankie

steam's steam box? do you mean valve of so they're not making their own … steam's steam box? do you mean valve of so they're not making their own version only letting others, including alienware, build them. strange there's no steam controller.



Steam controllers had a redesign, putting release dates back and left the Steam Box makers in limbo. They have decided to release some anyway.

Will go well with a ps4 by the side at home

Make a great media pc

Specs seem low for the money, but I'm listening. wondering how it might cope with basic office stuff, web design, Photoshop.

Probably the worse thing you could do with this is put it next to a PS4 lol, because you'll suddenly realise you threw £350 into the wind.

thelaine

So alien ware release their own psuedo steam box before steam's steam box … So alien ware release their own psuedo steam box before steam's steam box has chance to gather steam.



You've obviously never used steam, I play offline all the time

The consoles looked like junk earlier and this now makes them look even more limited. The fact that it runs full windows 8.1 is a major plus.

Original Poster

MadeInBeats

Specs seem low for the money, but I'm listening. wondering how it might … Specs seem low for the money, but I'm listening. wondering how it might cope with basic office stuff, web design, Photoshop. Probably the worse thing you could do with this is put it next to a PS4 lol, because you'll suddenly realise you threw £350 into the wind.



agreed, but this small form factor with a custom UI makes it worth it, to me this is a brilliant indie machine as steam is awash with excellent indie games...

if I was just buying this I would buy the I5 model

I have a gaming rig with a 970 in and that's out the way and i have a NUC under the TV and then all i do is fire up steam on both machines and let my gaming rig do the graphics and the NUC just does the pictures, this is a perfect solution and is great for anyone who has a half decent gaming machine as you can just buy the barebones NUC for £100. You can choose steam big picture mode on the TV if you want it or just normal mode. For what you get this is expensive, someone said but its in a small case my answer to that is Mini ITX with this you are paying for the Alienware name i would wait for some other brands to come out as you always pay through the nose with Alienware machines and they always have poor specs unless you spend £1000s, one of their £1000 laptops will have specs that a £600 laptop can match.

Original Poster

polly69

I have a gaming rig with a 970 in and that's out the way and i have a NUC … I have a gaming rig with a 970 in and that's out the way and i have a NUC under the TV and then all i do is fire up steam on both machines and let my gaming rig do the graphics and the NUC just does the pictures, this is a perfect solution and is great for anyone who has a half decent gaming machine as you can just buy the barebones NUC for £100. You can choose steam big picture mode on the TV if you want it or just normal mode. For what you get this is expensive, someone said but its in a small case my answer to that is Mini ITX with this you are paying for the Alienware name i would wait for some other brands to come out as you always pay through the nose with Alienware machines and they always have poor specs unless you spend £1000s, one of their £1000 laptops will have specs that a £600 laptop can match.



their target audience is not you though, just by reading what you have done would put off 75% of people, what people buy this for is to plug it in and turn it on, and it has a console UI...

convenience and ease, people like you will always do better as you are happy to do things differently

great design and great idea i hope it pulls more people off console gaming and into pc gaming because microsoft need to turn the attention to windows gaming

polly69

For what you get this is expensive, someone said but its in a small case … For what you get this is expensive, someone said but its in a small case my answer to that is Mini ITX with this you are paying for the Alienware name i would wait for some other brands to come out as you always pay through the nose with Alienware machines and they always have poor specs unless you spend £1000s, one of their £1000 laptops will have specs that a £600 laptop can match.


Generally true but at this price I don't see that argument as valid.
But I hear you on the streaming front but your NUC still requires other hardware + Windows for those requiring that in a HTPC/Gaming box so the combined price of both is a lot more. A nice option though.

Original Poster

the thing is the base model is not bad value, as you don't get a better GPU with the more expensive ones, this is so small I am not seeing you building it for much under £300, add in the warranty, Alienware Custom UI, free games and controller you are not far away at all... stick another 4gb of ram in and you have a nice console for PC gaming

Would it be possible to play Minecraft on this using the included pad?

Would it run a Zsnes emulator with super Mario Bros. 3?

Might struggle with minecraft

Sign up for a dell vip code and get it for £406

Original Poster

Tactile

Would it be possible to play Minecraft on this using the included pad?



of course, but I don't think the PC version of Minecraft has pad support?
Edited by: "Aeschylus" 21st Nov 2014

This will flop, as bad as the Ouya. No sense to pay this much for a 'console'. PC game sales are rubbish compared to console ports anyway.

Oh and it's not console size, it's half the size of an Xbox one, check the embedded video for size vs ps4 and Xbox one:


uk.ign.com/art…a-2

Aeschylus

of course, but I don't think the PC version of Minecraft has pad support?



It hasn't, that's what I was wondering about.

MazingerZ

This will flop, as bad as the Ouya. No sense to pay this much for a … This will flop, as bad as the Ouya. No sense to pay this much for a 'console'. PC game sales are rubbish compared to console ports anyway.



You compared an Ouya to this? Go home and sober up mate

Original Poster

MazingerZ

This will flop, as bad as the Ouya. No sense to pay this much for a … This will flop, as bad as the Ouya. No sense to pay this much for a 'console'. PC game sales are rubbish compared to console ports anyway.



I would argue it is about the 1000's upon 1000's of fantastic indie games steam gets that the console never get, not to mention the cost of those games

Banned

So will the graphics be better than say playing battlefield on a PS4? Is this thing upgradeable?

Now now everyone play nice on this thread and stop hurling insults.

Lets have hugs all round and I will make some hot chocolate and cookies.
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