E3 2015: Going hands-on with the Alienware Steam Machine

Shacknews Showcase's Andrew Zucosky visited with Alienware at E3 2015 to discuss their upcoming Alienware Steam Machine, discussing its specs and how it improves upon last year's Alienware Alpha.

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Steam Machines are closer to becoming reality with each passing day. One of the manufacturers at the forefront of the Steam Machine movement is Alienware, which is why Shacknews stopped by for a visit during E3 2015.

Join Shacknews Showcase's Andrew Zucosky as he speaks to Alienware's Chris Sutphen about the four tiers of Alienware Steam Machine that the manufacturer plans to make available. Along the way, Sutphen discusses the machines' specs, making a candid admission that the 5400rpm hard drive contained in the Alienware Alpha fell short of customer expectations while announcing that the Alienware Steam Machine would ship with a 7200rpm drive. Afterwards, it's time to go hands-on with the upcoming machine itself.

For more on the Alienware Steam Machine, be sure to watch the full interview below and also check out the current listing on Steam.

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    July 1, 2015 4:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, E3 2015: Going hands-on with the Alienware Steam Machine

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      July 1, 2015 4:26 PM

      That pricing is actually pretty decent. $449 intro is getting damn close to console competitive.

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        July 1, 2015 4:30 PM

        $549 for a 1TB model means in listening.

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          July 1, 2015 4:30 PM

          Means I'M listening, autocorrect!

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          July 1, 2015 4:37 PM

          I run a 5TB USB 3.0 drive attached to mine and it works great as a solution for running games off it. I did slap a 120GB SSD just for the OS inside the system.

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      July 1, 2015 4:30 PM

      VR makes this a little weird

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      July 1, 2015 5:44 PM

      Looks good!

      I wish they played more with the controller and showed us how it really plays. In the first part of the interview it looked like it wasnt going very smooth in that FPS game. Like he couldnt shoot the enemy.

      It looked like it was lacking the kind of precision we have with the mouse, moving the cursor right on the enemy and shooting his face, all in miliseconds.

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        July 1, 2015 5:45 PM

        by "he" i meant Andrew.

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        July 1, 2015 7:52 PM

        There is a full hands on that is just gameplay that we shot too, I'll make sure we get that up tomorrow. Its a weird shot because it's from behind but you can see the controller and the screen in the shot & get a better feel for how the controller plays. Def some getting used to.

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        July 2, 2015 8:47 AM

        There is a learning curve with using the Steam controller, like a huge one. You have to think of the touch pads as legitimate touch pads you would find on you laptop. And it was taking me a hell of a time to get used to it. I eventually did and it was pretty good.

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      July 1, 2015 7:29 PM

      Andrews side stare became disturbing around the 1:45 mark in the Alienware video.