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PlayStation and Xbox fans beware. There is a new player coming in town and it looks like it has the potential to compete with both consoles. Notice that we said the potential to compete, not overtake, because such a statement would be rather risky to mention. But this new console does have a couple of good names backing it up, which could boost it up among the world’s most favorites.
We are talking about the Alienware Steam Machine. While the console is still around half a month away from its release on November 10th, some lucky “gentle gamers” have managed to get their hands on this beauty. It is the embodiment of almost everything gaming stands for PC wise: Steam and Alienware, two brands that every gamer would love to have under their roof.
As a side note, we have to mention that this product should not be mistaken for the Alpha Windows 8.1 gaming box. This thing is totally different since the Alienware Steam Machine comes fully equipped with a Valve Steam OS platform. Moreover, this baby is not trying to present itself as gaming gear, potential PC. No, this thing is made for games exclusively. If you want to do your homework, you cannot rely on it, unless you want to get distracted from doing homework, of course.
Valve want to make sure that gamers don’t leave their houses anymore, so they are pairing up Steam hardware alongside Alienware’s. Together they make an unstoppable team of gaming awesomeness, which is very likely to keep players glued for a few days in a row, especially after they bought this new gaming beast.
There are downsides, however. Do not think that Valve have made things a lot easier with this machine, or a lot cheaper. In fact, the Alienware Steam Machine is $50 more expensive than the world’s most favorite consoles: the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Valve even managed to make controls a lot more difficult, which deters player experience. Gamers like to keep controls simple and games hard. Not both at the same time.
So PlayStation and Xbox fans beware, but not too much. There are a few users who claim that they would not recommend the product to new gamers, or even players who have been in the industry for a long period of time. Practically, the device is somewhere in between “innovative” and “totally not what I am looking for.” The best course of action right now is to wait and see how it evolves. It can be a product that can surpass expectations
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