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Alienware is always driving gaming innovation forward. But it’s not enough to keep up, we aim to set the pace. That’s why a couple years ago, leaders from Alienware and Valve collaborated to expand PC gaming. From that simple idea a new custom-built box, engineered specifically to reinvent the Steam experience for the living room, with PC flexibility in a quiet, compact console was born. This is the Alienware Steam Machine

You’ll experience powerful and immersive gaming with up to a high performance NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960 GPU 4GB GDDR5 graphics and Intel® Core™ processors. And with the innovative Steam Controller, you’ll be able to move like never before.

Have a PC game that you want to play on your TV? Not a problem as you’ll be able to play over 2200 games locally or stream any of the 8000 Steam games on your home network directly to your TV.

With the Alienware Steam Machine, you’re not only getting easy access to thousands of your favorite Steam games; you’re gaining entry to the largest community of gamers in the world with no membership fee included.

MASSIVE GAMES LIBRARY – Choose from thousands of native SteamOS games and over 6,000 additional games available via streaming. Free copy of Rocket League and Portal 2 included in all pre-sale purchases.

CONTENT – Comes bundled with in-game content and games, ready to play. Alienware Steam Machine will come bundled with free bonus content, including the complete versions of PAYDAY 2 GOTY Edition, Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball, SpeedRunners and Awesomenauts plus DLC, the M18 Black Cat Tank and XP-38G Lightning Plane in War Thunder.​

STEAM CONTROLLER - Unlock new games never played before with the Alienware Steam Controller – the ultimate living room gaming accessory (comes included).

MULTI-PLAYER - Play with up to 4 Steam Controllers at once.

POWERFUL GAMING – Equipped with up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960 GPU 4GB GDDR5 graphics and 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processors.

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Compare Alpha and Steam Machine

Alienware Alpha Alienware Steam Machine
Operating System
Windows 8.1 SteamOS
Primary Use
SFF Desktop PC PC Gaming Console
Accessories Included
XBox 360 Controller Steam Controller
Supported Games
4500+ Steam titles
Access to games outside of Steam
1200+ SteamOS games
Access to 4500+ games in the Steam Library
Reason to Buy
Fully functional PC
Compatible with HiveMind
Most affordable desktop
Console experience; dedicated gaming box
Built upon the Valve community
New controller unlocks new genres for the living room
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Alienware Alpha Alienware Steam Machine
Operating System
Windows 10 SteamOS
Usage Model
Ultra Small Form Factor Desktop PC PC Gaming Console
Accessories Included
Keyboard & Mouse
Controller Optional
Steam Controller
Supported Games
6500+ Steam titles
Access to games outside of Steam
1500+ SteamOS games
Access to 5000+ games in the Steam Library
Reason to Buy
Fully functional PC
Compatible with HiveMind
Most affordable Alienware desktop
Console experience; dedicated gaming box
Built upon the Valve community
New controller unlocks new genres for the living room
Content Bundle
None included PAYDAY 2 GOTY Edition, Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball, SpeedRunners and Awesomenauts plus DLC.

Alienware Steam Machine will also include the M18 Black Cat Tank and XP-38G Lightning Plane in War Thunder. 
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FAQs

WHAT IS THE GRAPHIC MODEL IN THE ALIENWARE STEAM MACHINE?

The graphics in the Alienware Steam Machine is an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX960 GPU 4GB GDDR5

WILL IT BE UPGRADEABLE?

Yes, the CPU, memory, hard drive and wireless cards are upgradable. See how easy it is to upgrade here.

WILL THE STEAMOS SUPPORT OTHER CONTROLLERS?

Yes, SteamOS will support the Xbox One and Xbox 360 controllers. It will actually support nearly any USB peripheral, although specific Linux drivers may be needed for unique product features.

CAN I BUY A STEAM CONTROLLER AND LOAD STEAMOS ONTO ANY PC?

Yes. SteamOS is free, available directly from Valve and any PC could be loaded with it. The Alienware Steam Machine was designed from the ground up in partnership with Valve and is ideally suited for living room play, which is the overall best way to experience SteamOS and the Steam Controller.

WILL THE ALIENWARE STEAM MACHINE BE ABLE TO RUN WINDOWS?

The Alienware Steam Machine is pre-loaded with Valve’s SteamOS. It will support a Windows operating system but customers would be at their own risk to install it over what comes factory shipped.

WILL YOU DISCONTINUE THE ALIENWARE ALPHA?

No. We know gamers like many options when choosing a gaming rig and we will continue to offer the Alienware Alpha with Windows as an option.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALIENWARE ALPHA AND THE ALIENWARE STEAM MACHINE?

The two are still solutions for PC gaming but will serve two different audiences. The Alienware Alpha is Windows based and designed for users looking for the full functionality and versatility of a traditional desktop PC. The Alienware Steam Machine is designed to be an incremental gaming solution ideal for the living room. It can bring the performance and upgradeability of the PC into an environment and usage that’s been synonymous with console gaming to date.

ALIENWARE ALPHA AND THE ALIENWARE STEAM MACHINE LOOK AESTHETICALLY THE SAME: ARE THERE ANY DIFFERENCES?

Aesthetically, everything will be the same, except the corner will have a Steam logo.

WHAT GAMES ARE INCLUDED IN THE ALIENWARE STEAM MACHINE BUNDLE?

Alienware Steam Machine will come bundled with free bonus content, including the complete versions of PAYDAY 2 GOTY Edition, Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball, SpeedRunners and Awesomenauts plus DLC, the M18 Black Cat Tank and XP-38G Lightning Plane in War Thunder.​

HOW DO I REDEEM THE GAMES THAT COME BUNDLED WITH THE STEAM MACHINE?

You will not need to redeem a key on Steam to get access to the game bundle. The first person who logs into or creates a Steam account will be the recipient of the Alienware Steam Machine game bundle and the games in the bundle will be available to download from the game Library.

HOW WILL THE ALIENWARE STEAM MACHINE BE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER STEAM MACHINES?

Alienware has a long history of engineering products to exceed the demanding standards of gamers everywhere. Our focus is to design the best Steam Machine and provide the best gaming experience for our customers. We want to deliver on Valve and Alienware’s unified vision for what a Steam Machine should be. Oh and we include 3 fully playable games along with DLC and exclusive content, valued at over $200.

WILL GAMES THAT ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON STEAM, SUCH AS LEAGUE OF LEGENDS AND WORLD OF TANKS BE PLAYABLE ON THE ALIENWARE STEAM MACHINE?

The Alienware Steam Machine will run native SteamOS titles, of which there are over 1,500 and counting. Additionally, a customer can stream any title from within their Steam library from another PC on their network to the Alienware Steam Machine.

WILL THE ALIENWARE STEAM MACHINE HAVE OTHER ENTERTAINMENT/MEDIA FEATURES LIKE THE ABILITY TO PLAY MOVIES AND MUSIC?

Yes. You’ll be able to stream TV shows and movies or listen to music while gaming. Steam delivers more than just games to your living room.

WILL ALIENFX WORK ON THE ALIENWARE STEAM MACHINE?

The AlienFX customizable lighting will work with SteamOS, but in-game AlienFX will not be supported at this time.