games en Leaked Photos Shows Valve's Controller with a Thumbstick <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/steam_controller_1.jpg" alt="Steam Controller" title="Steam Controller" width="228" height="99" style="float: right;" />A subtle but welcome addition</h3> <p>Valve stated earlier this year that it was holding back certifying Steam Machines until 2015 in order to give itself more time to tweak its prototype controller, which it considers to be essential to the Steam Machine experience. Now a couple of months later, <strong>a photo plucked from Valve's latest Steam client beta shows a new revision of the Steam Controller</strong>, one that's likely to be well received by gamers.</p> <p>Twitter member <a href="" target="_blank">@SteamDB</a> (Steam Database) and <em>Face Punch</em> forum user <a href=";p=45477260&amp;viewfull=1#post45477260" target="_blank">DevinWatson</a> both posted the picture in question. It's not clear if the picture represents a prototype build or is just a mockup. Either way, the only thing new that we can tell is the addition of an analog stick.</p> <p>The challenge for Valve at this point is to finish developing a controller that's unique enough to justify its existence but not so wild that it turns gamers off. Most would probably agree that a left-thumbstick is a step in the right direction.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> controller games Hardware Peripherals Steam thumbstick Valve News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:07:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28233 at EA Explains Decision to Delay Battlefield Hardline to 2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/battlefield_hardline.jpg" alt="Battlefield Hardline" title="Battlefield Hardline" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Visceral Games will use its extra time to make stability and feature improvements to Battlefield Hardline</h3> <p>Electronic Arts originally planned to release Battlefield Hardline on October 21, 2014 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC, but as any gamer knows, release dates are kind of like rules -- they're meant to be broken or ignored. In this case, <strong>EA announced it's delaying Battlefield Hardline until "early 2015"</strong> so that Visceral Games has more time to implement features born out of feedback from beta players.</p> <p>"We’ve been poring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you. This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better," EA explains in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months."</p> <p>EA offered up some vague details on what will get added between now and the game's release. Namely, Visceral Games will shore up the multiplayer experience with new feature ideas that came direct from the community, though it also plans on adding single player story depth.</p> <p>In addition to new features, the development team will continue to focus on stability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Battlefield Hardline delay EA Electronic Arts games Software visceral games News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:33:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 28224 at GameStop Introduces Gift Card Exchange Program <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gamestop_1.jpg" alt="GameStop" title="GameStop" width="228" height="175" style="float: right;" />Turn that Barnes &amp; Noble gift card into a GameStop E-Card</h3> <p>You told Aunt Millie a hundred times that junior would love a GameStop gift card for his birthday, but instead, he had to feign happiness at receiving one for Pottery Barn. It's not quite the same, though it's not the end of junior's world, either. <strong>GameStop recently rolled out a gift card exchange program in which you can trade gift cards from nearly 100 retailers into a GameStop e-card</strong>.</p> <p>The online program is powered by Cardpool and involves just a few easy steps. All you have to do is fill out your gift card information by selecting the retail store from a pull-down menu, enter in the number, and provide the pin (if it has one). Once the information gets verified, a GameStop e-gift card will be emailed to you.</p> <p>"We've always been about providing our customers access to the best in gaming technology and providing value through our trade-in and preowned offerings," <a href="" target="_blank">said Jon Haes</a>, vice president, pre-owned merchandising at GameStop. "Through our partnership with Cardpool, GameStop is offering customers a new way to purchase the devices and games they enjoy playing. Offering our customers the unique ability to exchange other retailers' gift cards into GameStop e-gift cards, we are providing a way to get even more value from being a GameStop customer."</p> <p>The e-gift cards can be redeemed at any of GameStop's more than 4,400 locations across the nation. If you want to try it out for yourself, <a href="" target="_blank">head here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> e-card games GameStop gift card News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:50:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28205 at PC Gamer Serving Up One Million Gun Monkeys Steam Keys <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pc_gamer_logo.jpg" alt="PC Gamer" title="PC Gamer" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />Week four of a five week, five million Steam key giveaway</h3> <p>For the past several weeks, our sister site <em>PC Gamer</em> in collaboration with Bundle Stars has been giving away millions of Steam keys for a new game each week. Past titles have included SpaceChem, Dino D-Day, and Really Big Sky. Ready to grab another one? Now in week four of a five week promotion, <strong><em>PC Gamer</em> is giving away one million Steam Keys for Gun Monkeys</strong>, a procedurally generated, physics based, online deathmatch platform game.</p> <p>"In Gun Monkeys, you'll take charge of a modern-day power company. In the distant future, a catastrophic experiment into Perpetual Energy obliterates all human life, leaving the world choc-full of free-for-the-taking energy, but unpleasantly lacking in people to take advantage of it. Your job as CEO is to send a legion of pleasingly-expendable monkeys forwards in time to collect Power Cubes and return them to present-day, all from the comfort of your PC," the game's description reads.</p> <p>Since the maps levels are procedurally generated, you'll never play the same level twice. There's high-octane action in this always-online title, and if things are slow, there's an offline local play mode.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/gun_monkeys.jpg" alt="Gun Monkeys" title="Gun Monkeys" width="620" height="377" /></p> <p>Interested? If so, <a href="" target="_blank">head over to <em>PC Gamer</em></a> and claim your key!</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> games gun monkeys PC Gamer Software Steam News Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:09:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28182 at LeapFrog's LeapTV Console Will Get Your Kids Moving to Educational Content <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/leaptv.jpg" alt="LeapFrog LeapTV" title="LeapFrog LeapTV" width="228" height="227" style="float: right;" />An active gaming console for little kids</h3> <p>LeapFrog, the company behind the popular LeapPad for kids, once again has the little ones in mind with its new LeapTV console. Billed as the first educational, active video gaming system, LeapTV was designed from the ground up for kids ages three to eight years old. LeapFrog's grand vision is to change the way kids learn by combining activity and movement with educational curriculum.</p> <p>LeapTV comes with a specially designed game controller that's been molded for small hands and is suitable for limited dexterity. Classic game play is possible in its regular configuration, but with the press of a button, it transforms into a motion controller and LED pointer. There's also a motion controlling camera that puts kids in the game.</p> <p>"It is shocking that less than one percent of the tens of thousands of video game titles are rated appropriate for children under the age of six years. We know that young children want to experience new ways to play through technology earlier than ever, but parents quickly discover that there are very few solutions that are developmentally appropriate or educational for young children," <a href=";p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1947644" target="_blank">said Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos</a>, director of LeapFrog's Learning Team. "At LeapFrog, we built LeapTV from the ground up to make it the best first video gaming experience for children. From the simple user interface to the innovative controller with a built-in 'hint' button and a world-class Learning Library all designed or approved by our Learning experts, LeapTV gets children's minds and bodies moving while engaging in learning fun."</p> <p>LeapTV offers up access to over 100 game cartridges, game downloads, and videos designed by LeapFrog's team of gaming and learning experts. The console itself has 16GB of built-in memory and Wi-Fi connectivity.</p> <p>LeapFrong says its LeapTV system will be available this holiday shopping season for $150 MSRP; game cartridges will run $30 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> console education games leapfrog leaptv News Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:40:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 28174 at Danish Retailer Tips Holiday Release for Grand Theft Auto V on PC <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gtav_2.jpg" alt="Grand Theft Auto V" title="Grand Theft Auto V" width="228" height="156" style="float: right;" />Psst, Rockstar Games -- release GTA V to PC already!</h3> <p>Hype was high leading up to the launch of Grand Theft Auto V, and just like with previous releases in the series, it launched to console first with nary a word from the developer when it would land on PC. Heck, we still don't know when GTA V will finally be ported over to Windows, though some hints have emerged.<strong> A Danish retailer recently listed GTA V shipping to PC on November 14, 2014</strong>, though now it says something different.</p> <p>We caught wind of the potential November release through our sister site, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>PC Gamer</em></a>, which took a screenshot of the initial listing. It was surmised that it could simply be a place holder, though maybe not since games typically release on Fridays in Europe, and November 14 falls on a Friday this year.</p> <p>We headed over to the online shop (called <a href="" target="_blank">Cool Shop</a>) to see for ourselves, but it's not listing GTA V as having an "expected release" on December 31, 2014. That makes us less confident that the shop knows what it's talking about, but hey, at least it seems the game is close to launching.</p> <p>Rockstar Games previously confirmed GTA V would eventually to ship to PC and next-generation console, it just didn't say when. When it does, it will have an enhanced video editor and a number of visual quality enhancements.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> games Grand Theft Auto V gtav Rockstar Software News Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:14:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 28163 at Double Fine Confirms Grim Fandango Remake is Headed to PC <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/grim_fandango.jpg" alt="Grim Fandango" title="Grim Fandango" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" />Classic rises from the dead</h3> <p>A virtual high-five is in order for Double Fine Productions, which confirmed via Twitter and on its website that <strong>Manuel "Manny" Calavera and the rest of the gang from Grim Fandango will appear on the PC in remastered form</strong>. The remade classic will also launch to Mac and Linux, along with console exclusives PlayStation 4 and Vita. It was announced back in June that Grim Fandango would launch to Sony's game console and handheld, but until now, it was only rumored that PC platforms would also be in the mix.</p> <p>"And that’s not all, folks! All versions will be launching simultaneously, so everyone can play on day one and not have to worry about those spoilers you’ve been successfully avoiding for the past fifteen years. (Pro-tip: stay off Twitter.)," Double Fine <a href="" target="_blank">announced</a> on its website.</p> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Joystiq</em></a>, Grim Fandango's resurgence came about when Tim Schafer, the game's original product leader and founder of Double Fine Productions, found out that Adam Boyes, PlayStation VP of Publisher Relations, was poking around his old intellectual property. Schafer made a phone call to Boyes, and it was from that conversation that the idea of bringing back Grim Fandango was born.</p> <p>Grim Fandango is set in the Land of the Dead where souls of the deceased head to the Ninth Underworld. The better a person lived, the more enjoyable his or her soul's travel will be, culminating in Number Nine, a train that takes just four minutes to reach the gate of the Ninth Underworld. You play the part of Manny, a travel agent at the Department of Death.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Double Fine games graphic adventure grim fandango Software News Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:02:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28141 at PC Gamer's Giving Away One Million 'Really Big Sky' Steam Keys <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pc_gamer_logo.jpg" alt="PC Gamer Logo" title="PC Gamer Logo" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />The latest free game as part of a five week, five million Steam key giveaway</h3> <p>Hey, we're all sitting on a mountain of unplayed Steam games purchased through various sales, yet we can't help but add to our libraries when the deals are too good to pass up. That usually means a significant discount as part of some super summer holiday sale bonanza, but even better is what our sister sister <em>PC Gamer</em> is doing.<strong> In collaboration with Bundle Stars, <em>PC Gamer</em> is giving away five million Steam keys through a five week period</strong>. We're now in week 3, which means there are a million Steam keys for Really Big Sky up for grabs.</p> <p>Last week <em>PC Gamer</em> gave away a <a href="" target="_blank">million keys for Dino D-Day</a>, and prior to that, the five week promotion <a href="" target="_blank">kicked off with SpaceChem</a>. Now it's Really Big Sky, "a super fast, twin analogue shooter for the modern age" that's yours for the taking, at no cost!</p> <p>You'll face off against of waves of enemies, bosses, giant laser planets, blackholes, wormholes and a lot more though a dozen different game modes. And if you have an Xbox 360 controller, plug it and get blasting.</p> <p>Interested? Head over to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>PC Gamer</em> for details</a> on how to claim your key!</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> bundle stars games PC Gamer really big sky Software Steam News Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:23:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28136 at 8 Best Military-themed Shooters <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/call_of_duty_4_modern_warfare_small_1.jpg" alt="best military shooters" title="best military shooters" width="250" height="188" style="float: right;" />Looking back at the classic military shooters</h3> <p>There have been many militaristic shooters over the years and sussing out the best one’s can be a challenge. With that in mind, we thought we would look at the classic all-time great military-themed shooters that were able to separate themselves from the pack. Do keep in mind that we tried selecting the best/most iconic representative from a franchise as we did want to keep it balanced. You can be rest assured that all of the titles included below deserve gaming medals of honor.&nbsp;</p> <p>What's your favorite military shooter? Let us know in the comments below.&nbsp;</p> Battlefield best military shooter call of duty games January 2014 medal of honor War games Features The List Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:11:13 +0000 Jimmy Thang 27650 at Lindsay Lohan Smacks Take-Two with Lawsuit Over Character in Grand Theft Auto V <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lindsay_lohan.jpg" alt="Lindsay Lohan" title="Lindsay Lohan" width="228" height="215" style="float: right;" />Lohan takes exception to a character in GTA V that bears her likeness</h3> <p>At only age 28 years old, Lindsay Lohan has gone from that adorable child actress who starred in Disney's remake of The Parent Trap to an adult who's been in trouble with the law on more than one occasion. She's had her share of legal issues, but this time she's the one suing -- <strong>Lohan is taking Take-Two Interactive and subsidiary Rockstar Games to court for allegedly using her likeness for an in-game character in Grand Theft Auto V</strong>.</p> <p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Associated Press</em></a>, Lohan's lawsuit contends that the character named Lacey Jonas is a dead ringer for the actress who had roles in Herbie: Fully Loaded and Freaky Friday, to name just two of her past films. The suit claims it copied just about everything -- her image, voice, and even her style from her clothes line.</p> <p>The game also features the hotel Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, a place where Lohan lived during the summer in 2012 and was ultimately banned from for allegedly running up an unpaid bill of $46,000.</p> <p>GTA V launched in September of last year and generated over $800 million in sales on the first day. It will ship to the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 this fall.</p> <p>Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> games Grand Theft Auto V gta v lawsuit lindsay lohan rockstar games Software take-two interactive News Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:01:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 28115 at PC Gamer's Handing Out a MILLION Dino D-Day Steam Keys! <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pc_gamer_logo.jpg" alt="PC Gamer Logo" title="PC Gamer Logo" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>You may beat the game, but not the price!</h3> <p>If we had a dollar for every Steam key <em>PC Game</em>r has given or plans to give away this summer, we'd be freaking millionaires <a href="" target="_blank">living it up</a> like Lloyd Christmast and Harry Dunne. More precisely, we'd have five million dollars. That's because <em>PC Gamer</em> has teamed up with <a href="" target="_blank">Bundle Stars</a> to give away <a href="" target="_blank">five million Steam keys in five weeks</a>. Our sister sister kicked off the promotion last week by announcing the availability of <a href="" target="_blank">one million StemChem keys</a>. Now that we're in week number two, <strong><em>PC Gamer</em> announced that it's handing out a million Steam keys for Dino D-Day</strong>.</p> <p>Dino D-Day is a multiplayer team-based shooter set in World War 2. Adolf Hitler and those darn Nazis discovered a way to resurrect dinosaurs, and of course they're being used for nefarious purposes. You can play as a T-Rex and blast your enemies with a jaw-mounted machine gun, to name just one of several dinorsaur scenarios.</p> <p>Even though the game is three years old, it received a pretty big update last week that introduced some much improved graphics throughout the title. There are lots of weapons, dinosaur classes, and human classes to waste an afternoon (or weekend) with, and you won't find a better price on the planet!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Hit the link</a> and claim your copy!</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> bundle stars dino d-day games PC Gamer Software Steam News Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:04:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28106 at Titanfall for PC is Free to Play on Origin This Weekend <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/titanfall_2.jpg" alt="Titanfall" title="Titanfall" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" />You can't beat the price!</h3> <p>Looking for something to do this weekend? If your'e a PC gamer, you have options. For one, <a href="">Steam's Summer Sale</a> is underway, which means adding more games to your library than you'll possibly have time to play. If you'd rather not spend a dime but still want something new to play with, good news -- <strong>Titanfall on PC is free to play for the entire weekend!</strong> We're not talking about a teaser demo, mind you, but the full game.</p> <p>Yes, you have to go through Origin, and not all gamers are cool with that. But it's free for 48 hours, which is a price we can live with. It's part of "Origin Game Time," a new program on Origin that allows you to play full versions of certain titles for as long as there's time on your Game Time clock.</p> <p>"This weekend you’ll be able to download Titanfall and play for free for two days straight. We’re launching Origin Game Time for Titanfall across the world over the next several hours, so if you don’t see it available yet in your territory, you will soon. Origin Game Time games <a href="" target="_blank">will appear on our Free Games page</a> when they’re available to download," <a href="" target="_blank">EA said</a>.</p> <p>The 48 hour timer begins to roll down after you start Titanfall for the first time and continues to tick down in real time. Your progress will be saved when you take a break, though the timer continues to tick regardless of whether you're playing or not.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> ea. electronic arts games origin Software titanfall News Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:37:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28043 at World's Largest Game Collection Changes Hands for $750,250 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/michael_thomasson.jpg" alt="Michael Thomasson" title="Michael Thomasson" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />A better decision than trading them in at GameStop</h3> <p>Could you imagine if Michael Thommason would have taken his more than <a href="" target="_blank">11,000 video games</a> to GameStop? Most of the games in his collection would probably have been rejected for being too old. Instead of going that route, <strong>Thomasson wisely took his games to auction where they fetched $750,250</strong>. That's a hefty sum for what's officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records 2014 Gamers Edition as being the biggest games collection in the world.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">auction</a> included all 10,607 games that were verified by Guinness plus over 400 more that he collected since then. In addition, Guinness didn't count duplicates, so the new owner is getting quite the haul, including many sealed titles -- about a quarter of the games in the collection have never been opened.</p> <p>When we first reported this story, the high bid was sitting at $50,000 and hadn't met the seller's reserve price. Few at the time would have predicted that it would balloon all the way up to three quarters of a million dollars.</p> <p>"I simply have an immediate family and extended family that have needs that need to be addressed. While I do not wish to part with these games, I have responsibilities that I have made to others and this action is how I will help meet them. No worries, I’ve sold my collection many times in the past and still managed to capture Guinness’ attention, and it is entirely possible that I may again," Thomasson stated in his auction.</p> <p>Duly noted.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> auction games michael thomasson Software News Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:37:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28023 at Oculus Rift Founder Believes 30 Frames Per Second is a Failure <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/oculus_rift_3.jpg" alt="Oculus Rift" title="Oculus Rift" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />Palmer Luckey says VR gaming needs to be at least 60 frames per second</h3> <p>If you're pulling 30 frames per second in your game, it's playable, though you don't want to dip much below that. Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey has a different number in mind for virtual reality. <strong>According to Luckey, VR gaming needs to be in the neighborhood of 60 frames per second -- at 30fps, he considers it a failure</strong> and calls it a bad artistic decision. His opinion isn't necessarily limited to VR gaming, either.</p> <p>"Virtual reality is going to need much higher frame rates than consoles," Luckey told <a href="" target="_blank"><em>LinusTechTips</em></a>, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">PCGamer</a></em>. "Although even for consoles or traditional PC games I don’t think 30 frames per second is smart. It’s not a good artistic decision, it’s a failure."</p> <p>Luckey went on to say that you see diminishing returns between 90 and 120hz, adding that in the foreseeable future, VR gaming will likely end up somewhere in that range.</p> <p>You can hear more of what Luckey had to say in his interview below:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr (Derrick Coetzee)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 30fps games oculus rift Palmer Luckey News Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:26:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 28017 at E3 2014: A Close Encounter with Alienware's Alpha PC Gaming Console [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/alienware_alpha_lights.jpg" alt="Alienware Alpha Lights" title="Alienware Alpha Lights" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>It looks like a Steam Machine but runs Windows</h3> <p>Valve didn't do its hardware partners any favors by delaying the availability of its in-house developed Steam Controller, which by extension means everyone else has to push back the launch of their respective Steam Machine systems until next year. Bummer, right? Well, yes, but Alienware isn't letting the delay mess up its mojo. Instead, <strong>Alienware took its Steam Machine design and ran with a configuration that runs Windows</strong>, plus a custom 10-foot UI during boot for accessing music and movies. We took a closer look at the Alienware Alpha Console at E3.</p> <p>The custom UI will also allow gamers to get directly into Steam Big Picture mode, a special mode in Steam that's intended for big screen HDTVs. So even though the Alpha Console is running Windows 8.1, Alienware's goal is to get gamers into Steam Big Picture mode and gaming as quickly as possible.</p> <p>As we <a href="">previously reported</a>, the Alienware Alpha Console will ship with an Xbox 360 controller. The system will start at $549 and come with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and a custom built Nvidia "Maxwell" graphics solution. For gamers with a bigger budget, they can upgrade parts for a higher end configuration.</p> <p>Check out the video below for more information, including whether or not Alienware might make the Xbox 360 controller an optional add-on rather than a standard accessory:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> alienware alpha console E3 2014 games Hardware OEM rigs steam machine News Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:47:36 +0000 Paul Lilly and Jimmy Thang 27992 at