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Alienware Steam Machines hit the market, hoping to make the best of two worlds

Last year the gaming community was introduced to the idea of a “Steam Machine,” PCs built specifically for gaming on a moderate budget but still offering console-like quality and easy maintenance. This month the Alienware Steam Machines are hitting store shelves and they should be more than enough to encourage console-gamers to make the move to glorious PC gaming.

As the name implies, these Steam Machines are a combination of Alienware designs and Valve Software, offering Alienware’s extensive background in gaming PCs and the Valve’s new Steam OS. Dell cause the Alienware Steam Machine, “a customized gaming solution that extends a traditional PC gaming environment into a console-like experience for virtually any room.”

The idea behind the Steam machine is simple, combining the reliable and simplicity of a console with freedom and customization of a PC. Players can enjoy access to more than 1,500 SteamOS games plus thousands more via in home streaming and over 100 million users to play with.

Along with free access (no subscription costs) to this enormous library of inexpensive and free-to-play games, the SteamOS ecosystem is an established pipeline for games yet to come. For your game collection today and into the future, cross-platform support and backward and forward catalog support are hallmarks of the Steam ecosystem, making the Alienware Steam Machine much more than just a console.

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Alienware Steam Machine will be bundled with free bonus content including the complete versions of PAYDAY 2 2015 Game of the Year Edition, Screencheat and Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball. It will also include free-to-play titles Brawlhalla (for Windows-based Steam environment) and Warthunder with special in-game items; an Alienware-branded skin plus 200 Mammoth Coins in Brawlhalla and a M18 Black Cat Tank and a XP-38G Lightning plane in Warthunder.

The base model starts at $449.99 with a Dual Core processor, High Performance NVIDIA GTX graphics and a 500 GB Hard Drive. Upgraded versions include Quad-Core processors, up to 2TB Hard Drive1 capacity and 8GB of memory. All models come bundled with the new Steam Gamepad.