DELL’S Alienware brand could soon be in your living room after the company announced it would build a Steam Machine targeting the home console market with software developer Valve.
Alienware doesn’t yet have a name or list of specs for what it describes as a ‘PC gaming console’ but says it will be available to buy late 2014.
Furthermore, it will offer a Steam Machine version of its small form factor X51 PC which it first released several years ago.
Steam Machines will run SteamOS, a unix-based operating system fully integrated and focused on the Steam gaming experience.
Alienware has been pre-installing the Steam client on its hardware for sometime now.
Alienware general manager Frank Azor said the Alienware Steam Machine would be unique in that the company had a well-established relationship with Valve pre-dating the Steam Machine announcement.
“When Valve and Alienware began collaborating on our vision for a PC gaming console several years ago we could clearly see we were on to revolutionizing PC Gaming forever,” Azor said.
Valve founder Gabe Newell said the Alienware Steam Machine would ‘encapsulate the full potential of what a Steam Machine should be’.