The Alienware Alpha, a PC in a console-sized chassis is now available for purchase in Australia. The Alpha comes in three packages with the cheapest running at AUD$698.99 along with AUD$999.00 and AU$1,299.00 models all running on Windows 8.1 instead of SteamOS and also include a wireless Xbox 360 controller.
Rather than wait for Valve's SteamOS to be ready for consumer use, Alienware has pushed ahead with the launch of its Alpha Console by building an interface that runs on top of Windows 8.1 and is optimised for use with a Game Controller.
Unfortunately the Alienware website does not specify the exact model GPU in each package, but they are rumoured to be the Maxwell-powered NVIDIA GeForce 860M. In addition, no SSD option is offered and only 5400rpm HDDs are used which may result in poor performance such as slow loading times.
While there's sure to be some outrage at the seemingly massive difference in price between USD$549 and AUD$698.99, some quick maths shows at current exchange rates USD$549 converts to AUD$632.56, and adding on 10% GST results in AUD$695.82, which is very close to the proposed price and does not account for fluctuating exchange rates.
You can find more information on the Alienware Australia website