Alienware

Designed with Steam in mind, the Alienware Alpha console is now shipping and available through Dell or select retailers. Starting at $549, users can configure the Alpha with Intel's fourth generation Core i3, i5, or i7 processors along with NVIDIA's GTX Maxwell GPU. The compact box ships with an Xbox 360 wireless controller and comes with a few freebies if you are an early adopter and decide to take the plunge, including full versions of a number of titles valued at $100.

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Our interview with Alienware's General Manager discussing the Alpha

While game consoles like Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One have found their way into hundreds of millions of homes to be connected to televisions, it's been a challenge for the PC industry to offer a product that's designed to connect to a big screen TV and be used in a living room setting. A year ago, Valve announced a plan to launch its own Linux-based operating system, SteamOS, that was designed to be used in small living room PCs to play native Linux games and to stream PC games from their Steam service.

While Valve announced earlier this year plans to team up with a number of third party PC OEMS for a SteamOS hardware launch later in 2014, the company later revealed those plans have been pushed back to sometime in 2015. However, one of those SteamOS partners, Alienware, decided to go ahead and launch their SteamOS machine this year as a Windows 8.1 PC, the Alienware Alpha. While it may use Microsoft's latest operating system, the team at Alienware (which Dell acquired in 2006) are also developing their own UI that will allow owners to use the Alpha as a gaming PC with an included Xbox 360 controller, with no requirement to use the Windows 8.1 desktop.

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If you want a chance to carry the ultimate notebook from Alienware – here it is. In honor of Second Life’s 10 year anniversary, Dell is giving away an Alienware 14 gaming laptop worth around $1,500 USD. The notebook is packed with an i7 processor up to 3.8 Ghz, 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM, an NVidia GeForce GT 750M or GTX 265M, up to a 1080p display, up to a 512 GB Solid State Drive, and a DVD or Blu-Ray drive.

You must be a legal resident of the United States of America and over 18 years old to enter (13 years old with permission from a legal guardian). Winners will be picked on July 18th, 2013.

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