Gaming systems provider Alienware has announced Alienware Alpha, which is claimed to be the “world’s first” PC gaming console.
According to the company, the new console comes with the latest technologies from Intel and NVIDIA, in a form factor which is a fraction of the size of the current “next-generation” consoles.
The Alienware Alpha boots directly into the Alpha-UI, an exclusive user interface that provides streamlined controller-based navigation – no mouse or keyboard required.
With Alpha-UI you can choose to launch Steam Big Picture, adjust system and AlienFX settings and access your music library, all from the comfort of your couch, suggests the company.
Starting at $549 (US), the Alienware Alpha can be configured with Intel’s 4th generation core i3, i5 and i7 processors, up to 8GBs of DDR3 memory, hard drive options up to 2TBs and the latest Intel Wireless 802.11ac adapters.
All of this hardware, combined with the custom NVIDIA GTX Maxwell GPU, is engineered into a form factor that is less than 2.5 inches tall and less than 8 inches in width.
The Alienware Alpha is available from select Walmart and Fry’s locations, and gamers can order online at Alienware.com and through select retailers including Amazon, Bestbuy.com, Fry’s Electronics, GameStop, NewEgg, SamsClub.com, TigerDirect, and Walmart.