New Steam Machines are beginning to pop up, especially as CES continues to introduce new technology to empty our bank accounts. Now, Alienware has revealed their own Steam Machine which is being called as “one of the platform’s flagship devices, not only due to the scale at which it will be produced, but its blend of performance and form factor.” Alienware’s Steam Machine enters the competition with a build that is smaller than both the PS4 and Xbox One, holding a 8″ by 8″ design and standing at only 3″ tall. The front features two USB 3.0 ports, and the back will contain an ethernet jack and an optical audio connector. In addition, the box will have both and HDMI input and output.
While not much information has been released about the technology powering the device, it has been confirmed that it will use an intel-based CPU and Nvidia GPU. Performance-wise, it’s said that Alienware’s Steam Machine surpasses both the PS4 and Xbox One in power, targeting native resolutions of 1080p. No price has been slated for the device which plans on a later 2014 release. With companies planning on creating their own Steam Machines, how will they manage to compete against well-known consoles such as the PS4 and Xbox One?
A higher emphasis has been placed upon the Steam controller which attempts to blend the qualities of the computer mouse and traditional console controller functions. However, it was revealed that these controllers would be sold separately while other companies manufacture their own.
— Rob Smith (@RobS_Machinima) January 7, 2014