The term Steam Machine is something we’ve been hearing for a while now, but the actual real Steam Machines are only coming out now. A Steam Machine is meant to bridge the gap between a console gamer and traditional PC gamer. It brings the Steam experience and Steam’s vast library of games to the living room. Even if you are a traditional PC gamer there are times you just want to sit in front of the TV and play some games. Many people have already done this by building their own HTPC system, but these are bulky and more often than not underpowered. Steam Machines are designed to be smaller than most current-generation consoles, which means you can easily add them to your home theater setup. A true Steam Machine is powered by SteamOS and comes with an official Steam Controller. Today we are looking at Alienware’s Steam Machine (model: ASM100-2980BLK) which is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU with 2GB of memory, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and a 1 TB hard drive. Come on this adventure with us as we see what Alienware’s Steam Machine and the SteamOS is all about.
Special thanks to Alienware for providing us with the Steam Machine to review.
– Intel Core i3 Processor, dual core
– NVIDIA GTX GPU w/2GB GDDR5
– 8GB DDR3
– 1TB 7200RPM HDD
– 1×1 802.11ac wireless card + Bluetooth
– Steam Controller
– Content Bundle
The Alienware Steam Machine came to use is a plain box that has a small Alienware logo on it.
Opening the box up inside we found a more traditional retail box that lets us know that we did in fact receive a Steam Machine. On the front is a picture of the unit as well as the Steam Controller.
This is a sleeve, which comes off the box. The main box has the Alienware logo on it.
The side of the box lists all of the specifications, which we listed for you above.
Opening up the box the first thing you see is instructions on how to get the system started and an overview of the Steam Controller as well as an Xbox 360 controller.
Getting this out of the way everything inside is nicely protected.
Getting it all out you have the Steam Machine unit, Steam Controller, power brick & power cable, HDMI cable, USB to MicroUSB cable, USB extension hub, and batteries for the controller.
For a full unboxing & overview of the Alienware Steam Machine be sure to check out our video below.