There’s a new console hoping to muscle its way under your TV – Alienware’s X51 gaming PC.
The device is not a million miles away from Xbox 360 in terms of form and is indeed almost the same size.
It comes with either the Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 inside combined with a Nvidia GeForce GT 545 or GTX 555. RAM comes in 4GB, 6GB or 8GB flavours while a 1TB HDD, wireless a/b/g/n LAN and 7.1 audio are included in all models.
Outputs include HDMI 1.4, TOSLINK and coax digital outs and six USB sockets,
The machine is designed to operate either upright or laid on its side. The entry-level model can run EA’s Battlefield 3 at 1080p at round 30fps with hi-res textures, 4x aniostopic filtering and medium AA.
The X51 will start at £699. Expensive in console terms, yes, but very competitive when it comes to gaming PC prices.
"It's taking enthusiast-class PC gaming and putting it in a small form factor,” Alienware senior product manager Eoin Leyden told Eurogamer.
“This is something that has never been done before. There's no other small form factor PCs out there that offer any sort of a significant gaming experience."