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Alienware Steam Machine review: A gaming PC for your living room

Summary

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.

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Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
Alienware Steam Machine review: A gaming PC for your living room

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.

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Breakdown

Size and weight
8.4
Expandability
7.5
Design and form factor
8.6
Noise
9.0
Speed and features
7.2
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Specs

Steam Machine

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
3.2 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
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Specs

Steam Machine

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
3.2 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB
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