Dell Alienwares compact ‘PC console Alpha comes in late December for 529 euros

Nov

29

2014

Dell Alienware wants for Christmas are console-like desktop Alpha release in the Benelux. The simplest version of the game system with Windows 8.1 and Steam Big Picture will cost 529 euros.

“We strive Alienware Alpha here for Christmas to deliver,” says Alienware brand manager Hendrik Berkhof against Tweakers. The company supplies the system than including Xbox controller from Microsoft. The Alienware Alpha is a compact game system with approximate dimensions of 200x200x50mm and weighs 1.5 pounds. This system is smaller and lighter than the new generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony. “It’s similar to a Nintendo Wii,” said Berkhof.

Dell Alienware puts the Alpha emphatically against the PS4 and Xbox One. Besides the size, the benefit under the brand manager that users themselves can replace hardware components. “You can remove the bottom four regular screws and then update memory and storage.” Before that only need to be disconnected two elements with fans. The graphics card is not being replaced: that is stuck on the motherboard and would be specifically designed for Dell Nvidia. The performance should be comparable to that of the GeForce GTX 860m.

Alienware Alpha

If a user starts the system Steam Big Picture interface pops up when a controller is connected. There is a choice between Windows 8.1 and console mode when connecting mouse and keyboard.

Initially, Dell wanted to equip the system with Valve’s Steam OS, but that OS is delayed. Once the true operating system based on Linux, Dell Alpha also brings with Steam OS and related Steam controller.

The basic version of the Alpha contains a Core i3, 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. This model comes in Benelux 529 euros. There are also variants with Core i5, Core i7 and more working and storage memory. Alpha also contains two USB 2.0 ports on the front, two USB 3.0 ports on the back, a Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI and -from and a TOSLINK optical audio connection. At the bottom is a slot with a USB 2.0 connection, for example, a bluetooth dongle. By default, the wireless network at the cheapest model a dual-band 1×1 802.11ac version, but users could upgrade it yourself.

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