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Old 02-17-2012, 11:00 PM
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Default PC Gaming Will Never Die! Introducing the Alienware X51

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.anandtech.com/show/5543/alienware-x51-the-xbox-with-teeth/1' target='_blank'>http://www.anandtech.com/show/5543/...ox-with-teeth/1</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"The X51 is basically the size of an Xbox 360, but the insides are pure PC: Alienware employs a Mini-ITX motherboard, desktop-level Sandy Bridge Intel processors, and a full-sized double-slot graphics card (rotated ninety degrees and connected via a riser card to the PCIe 2.1 x16 slot)."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1329501390.usr20447.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>The gaming industry has seen a lot of changes over the past few years.&nbsp; While gaming consoles have traditionally dominated the market, the rise of casual games on the iPhone and Android have gained a lot of attention lately.&nbsp; PC gaming, though, is like that that kid you see at the school dance, standing in a corner, all alone, trying to look inconspicuous.&nbsp; He may have a lot to offer, and really is a great person, but no one wants to even talk to him because he does not quite fit in with the rest of the crowd.&nbsp; Despite all the love that other gaming platforms get, there is still a great market for PC gaming and the success of Steam suggests that it is not going to die anytime soon.&nbsp; The Alienware X51 looks like a good stab at helping to create more interest in the platform.&nbsp;</p><p>The biggest problem I see with the PC platform is its complexity.&nbsp; Performance varies widely, depending on what hardware you have, and with most games being 3D, a lot of computers that use integrated graphics find the experience less than stellar.&nbsp; Distribution services like Steam go a long way to simplifying the distribution chain, but until games can offer a much more stable platform like that which you see with a console, or a mobile device, I am certain that many people will remain put off by the whole thing.</p>
 
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