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Alienware's first Steam Machine: Very black and very shiny

Hayden Dingman | Jan. 8, 2014
We now know what the full potential of a Steam Machine looks like, courtesy of an announcement by Valve and Dell's Alienware division at CES Monday.

It's also worth noting that the X51 currently sports an optical drive--a relic of a pre-Valve age. The dedicated Alienware Steam Machine has no optical drive.

Put your wallet away
As for whether you even want a Steam Machine, that's a whole different story. Hardware is only one end of the equation when it comes to Valve's new ecosystem, and our initial impressions of the SteamOS beta were less than stellar. Valve has a lot of work to put in before it makes the case for why the average consumer wants one of these things in the living room instead of an Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

Regardless, it's only January and next December is already shaping up to be a very interesting shopping season.

 

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