Alienware's Steam Machine now uses Windows following delay

Alienware's Steam Machine now uses Windows following delay
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

June 12th 2014 at 10:13AM

But hardware will eventually also house SteamOS when Valve launches systems next year

Alienware’s Steam Machine has been revamped to include Windows instead of SteamOS following Valve’s delay of the systems.

As reported by Venturebeat, the ‘Alpha’ will still ship during the holiday season at a cost of $549, but will be made available with Microsoft’s OS instead.

Alienware exec Frank Azor said the company would launch another version of the Alpha hardware with SteamOS once Valve was ready for launch.

Last month Valve delayed the release of its Steam Machines until 2015 as it needed more time to make improvements to the hardware and controller.

"We’re now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers,” read a statement at the time.

“It's generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we'll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it's also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014.”