Alienware Steam Machine review: A gaming PC for your living room
The Alienware Steam Machine delivers on almost everything Valve promised: It's easy to use and set up, feels just like a real game console and makes PC gaming in the living room a viable reality. If every game on the market supported Linux, it would be perfect.
- An authentic-feeling PC games "console" that just works
- Powerful enough to run almost everything on the Steam marketplace
- Steam Controller enables "PC-only" experiences from the couch
- SteamOS' Linux Library doesn't have everything you want to play
- Some games suffer from an odd, occasional stutter
- The console store is harder to navigate than the web version
- Can't turn the console on with just the controller
I laughed when the rumors started back in 2012: "Valve is building a PC-based game console for living rooms." Sure it is, I thought. Imagine my shock when "Steam Machines" turned out to be real. The project promised a bizarre, revolutionary controller, a Linux-based operating system designed specifically to play PC games and in-home game streaming for titles that required Windows to run properly. The proposal was unbelievable, but it's finally here; it's real. As of today, I have an Alienware Steam Machine nestled in my entertainment center that delivers on almost everything those original rumors promised. Let's talk about that.