LAS VEGAS: GAMES DEVELOPER Valve revealed at its CES press conference that it had inked deals with Alienware, Alternate, Cyberpowerpc, Digital Storm, Gigabyte, iBuyerpower, Falcon Northwest , Materiel.net, Next Spa, Origin PC, Scan, Webhallen and Zotac to build Steamboxes.
However, while most of the manufacturers were all too happy to discuss the internal specifications and prices of their PC-console hybrid machines, gaming heavyweight Alienware declined to reveal any details about its Steambox.
The only snippet of information Alienware was willing to disclose was that its Steambox will offer "top-end performance". Steamboxes are custom gaming machines designed to bring PC gaming to the masses. They let users play and buy games from the Steam store on TVs using a custom controller built by Valve.
At present there no word as to when Alienware will release its Steambox or how much it will cost. The first wave of Steamboxes is expected to be released in the second half of 2014. Check back with The INQUIRER for full reviews of Steamboxes as they begin to appear. µ
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