CNET First Look
Alienware Steam MachineMeet one of the first of a new breed of living room game PCs.
I'm Ben Ackman and we are here with one of the big gaming announcement from CES 2014. This is Alienware version of a steam box. The steam box is of course, the concept where steam is gonna have people build these small form factory machines that can play steam games probably connected to your TV. And different manufacturers are gonna make the actual hardware. This version from Alienware, obviously gaming experts is up to a departure for them that usually make these big gaming desktops and laptops. Here with the small form factory box that plugs in to your TV. It's got USB 3. It's got HDMI to connect to your television that will do 1080p output. And like every steam box, it's gonna come with one of these wireless steam controllers. And that's really where-- really where a lot of the clever inventions comes in. It's got these two touch pads and a bunch of buttons and panels on the back that mimic what you normally do with a mouse and a keyboard with just how, you know, real serious gamers like to play a lot of games. I tried it on on a few games and it's really interesting to see how it kind of mimics that as supposed to just being sort of, you know, two thumbs six like it have on a regular game controller. We're not gonna know the specs and the exact price for the various steam machines including this Alienware when until later in the year. But it should give you performance comparable to what you get from the current generation of game consoles at about the same price. I'm Ben Ackman at CES 2014 with the Alienware Steam Machine.