Dell-owned Alienware just built the next Xbox and PlayStation. Alright, the X51 gaming PC isn't going to directly compete with Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo for the console prize, but it sure is blurring the lines of console and PC gaming.
Take any of your favorite consoles and rip them open and what will you find? Components that are similar to what PCs have. Yeah, gaming PCs will always be faster and push more polygons, but traditionally, they're also kind of big. Almost everybody I know who has a gaming PC loves to boast about how gargantuan their tower is.
I'm on the opposite spectrum. I like my PCs small and lean.
Alienware's X51 is a console-sized PC (13.5 x 12.54 x 3.74 inches) with enough firepower to deliver PC gaming without the size and weight of a massive tower. It weighs only 12.1 pounds!
The box comes stocked with a 3.3GHz Intel Core i32-2120 dual-core processor (Core i5 and i7 quad-core optional), Intel H61 Express Chipset architecture, Nvidia GeForce GT 545 graphics card (GeForce GT 555 optional), 1TB hard drive, 4GB of DDR3 RAM (8GB optional), dual-layer DVD burner (Blu-ray optional), ethernet, Wi-Fi and tons of ports (six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, etc.)
And how much for the matte and glossy black gaming PC? It starts at $700 and goes up to $1150 as you spec it out. You'll have to supply your own display and keyboard/mouse, though.
Alienware is definitely trying to steal some thunder away from the rumored next-gen Xbox, PlayStation and Wii U with the X51. It's small, powerful and looks super sleek. With how cheap games on Steam are these days, I wouldn't be shocked if PC gaming started to eat into console gaming in a huge way this year.