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Alienware Steam Machine

Alienware Steam Machine

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82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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
82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
 
70
CNET
There are many ways to put PC games on a living room TV, and the Alienware Steam Machine is one of the most ambitious. Like all new console launches, there are rocky patches, but the biggest hurdle may be proving why Steam OS is a better choice than Windows.
 
80
PC World
The Alienware Steam Machine is a solid entry-level gaming PC, sure—but one lacking the upgrade path it needs to stay viable.
 
70
TrustedReviews
I'm still interested in Steam machines, but I need to see a stronger proposition before I, or anyone else, will jump onboard.
 
70
Gizmodo
If you love PC gaming, and are specifically a long-time Steam user who loves PC gaming, then you owe it to yourself to give this puppy a go. If you’re a gamer who’s lukewarm on PC gaming—especially if you don’t use Steam—don’t do it.
 
60
PC Mag
The Alienware Steam Machine's wonderful dream of PC-gaming optimized for your television is undercut by the disappointing reality of a gaming PC that only supports Linux.
 
60
Maximum PC
If you're interested in this box, you really should get the Alienware Alpha with Windows instead.
 
60
Time
A good living room PC with some considerable limitations.
 
60
Destructoid
The concept is ... great, as it stresses the convenience of a console and the customization and open platform of a PC -- I can see the appeal of a hybrid like this. Alienware is seriously being held back by Valve ... as SteamOS still needs a lot more support before it becomes a viable platform.
 
60
Stuff
A valiant attempt to combine the best of PC and console, but it's currently weaker than both.
 
60
Tom's Guide
The Alienware Steam Machine is a competent gaming device with a beautiful interface. However, it also requires a lot of tweaking and doesn't do anything that a traditional console or gaming PC can't do better.