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Alienware Rigs Have Steam, Portal Pre-Installed

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

Dell is pre-installing Valve's Steam service and Portal on Alienware desktops and laptops.

Valve announced earlier this week that Dell is pre-installing the Steam service on its Alienware rigs including the Area-51 and Aurora desktops, and the M17x and M15x laptops. In addition to Steam, the rigs will also come pre-installed with a free copy of Valve's Portal PC game.

"With its automatic game updates, easy friend finding and the ability to play your Steam purchased games on any PC, Valve has helped simplify PC Gaming to make it more enjoyable." says Frank Azor, Senior Manager of Product Planning for Dell's Gaming Group. "It's for these reasons; we selected Steam to compliment the Alienware experience."

It's not uncommon to see pre-install game services on name-brand laptops and notebooks. HP offers a pre-installed PC games console that provides demos of popular titles from Atari, Popcap, and WildTangent Studios. The HP Games PC Console is currently available on Pavilion, Compaq Presario, and Media Center desktop PCs. 

Still, Valve's presence on Alienware products may spark more debate from other publishers. Recently Randy Pitchford slammed Valve, saying he didn't trust the company, and went so far as to saying that it would be dangerous to the rest of the industry "to allow Valve to win." Other digital services have banned games on their virtual store shelves for embedding Steam within the software.

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    ubernoobie , November 26, 2009 9:52 PM
    Steam > all internet game distrubitors just cuz it got source
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    cryogenic , November 26, 2009 11:08 PM
    Microsoft should bundle Steam with Windows, one less vital application to set up :) 

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    rodney_ws , November 26, 2009 11:16 PM
    If Steam would just let me give my old games to friends it would be PERFECT!
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    mcreskiller , November 26, 2009 11:51 PM
    Steam is ftw, i have bought all my recent games off it its just more convinent dont need to worry abotu loosing disks or anything
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    Gin Fushicho , November 27, 2009 1:17 AM
    Steam = HATE. I cant use most any games I buy from them unless i'm connected to the internet. An Since I use the internet at the Library... I'm not.
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    AtuBrian , November 27, 2009 3:39 AM
    rodney_wsIf Steam would just let me give my old games to friends it would be PERFECT!

    agreed
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    mickey21 , November 27, 2009 4:02 AM
    No, it wouldnt be perfect if you could give your old games away, but it would be better. There are so many times the steam client will fail to login, fail to load properly, or fail to update correctly. There are many times it will say the game is unavailable, when you just exited the game. There are many things wrong with it making it far from perfect.

    Do I use it, yes, do I love it, no. Is it the best one, well not the best, but it has one of the largest games listing to choose from so it has that. Would I use another if I was able to, yes, absolutely yes if I had the same choice of games to buy, I would choose another in a heartbeat. It is unfortunate they are the market leader right now. There is so much they need to fix. But I guess that comes with being popular...
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    Anonymous , November 27, 2009 6:38 AM
    Complement, not compliment.
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    the_krasno , November 27, 2009 9:28 AM
    Simply sell your old account and use the spare money to rebuy the games you didn't wanted to sell, silly!
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    the_krasno , November 27, 2009 9:30 AM
    Gin FushichoSteam = HATE. I cant use most any games I buy from them unless i'm connected to the internet. An Since I use the internet at the Library... I'm not.


    1-You can use offline mode. Internet is only needed to download the game.

    2-You don't have Internet at your home? Then I'm rather surprised your first priority is to play games over having Internet.
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    ominous prime , November 27, 2009 5:11 PM
    Still won't buy their overpriced computers when I can build my own. I think including steam and portal is a good idea for a gaming oriented PC. But for a user who is looking for a fast computer for productivity, they'll likely just see this as added bloatware.
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    RazberyBandit , November 27, 2009 5:33 PM
    Great. Steam and Portal? Amazing! LOL, and yes, that's sarcasm.

    If they had bothered to pre-install the entire Half-Life 1 & 2 package, it would be something worth noting. But this is not. It's just a FREE app you could download yourself and a cheap game. Is it possible it's just Portal: First Slice, which is actually a free download, too?

    I'm not impressed - Not one bit. Try again, Dell, I mean Alienware =P
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    Arguggi , November 27, 2009 7:46 PM
    I consider Steam Bloatware. Crappy download maangement (no Bandwidth cap, no total size, no "x minutes left"), really high prices for games even if their in digital download, i can usually get them for less via Amazon ecc ecc (i live in Europe btw).

    And why should i even care if on PC's worth hundreds of € they bundle Portal....
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    anamaniac , November 28, 2009 4:02 PM
    I would just reformat the thing anyway...
    But ASUS and Sager make more appeasing gaming laptops (not as sexy, but a lot cheaper).
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    littlec , November 28, 2009 5:26 PM
    Wow i have a new found respect for alienware now, I would never buy one though. ASUS AND STEAM FTW :D 
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    razorblaze42 , November 28, 2009 5:47 PM
    I'm anti-Steam. To hell with any company trying to force feed me pre-installed software. Didn't that get Microsoft sued? I can see Dell being sued in the near future, anti trust violation.
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    tallguy1618 , November 29, 2009 4:45 PM
    i really think that eventually the only way to play games on the PC will be to use services similar to steam because that pretty much eliminates pirating

    I think that's why Valve is pushing steam so much- they are trying to save PC gaming
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    littlec , November 29, 2009 5:08 PM
    razorblaze42I'm anti-Steam. To hell with any company trying to force feed me pre-installed software. Didn't that get Microsoft sued? I can see Dell being sued in the near future, anti trust violation.



    ^^^what an idiot.
    If that were the case every company (and all of them do) that sold a computer with a pre-installed piece of software would get sued. If you don't like it uninstall and quit your whining.
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    simonphill , November 29, 2009 8:03 PM
    Please stop bundling things.
    Especially OS'es. But games too.

    I don't want to pay the increase in price that will occur due to the seller having to buy a license or licenses, and the increased setup cost. Unless, that is, Valve gave it away to them for free (which smells a little anti-competitive).

    Secondly, I also do not want to have to remove unwanted software from the get-go. Well, if I weren't planning on formatting everything, I would care.

    Lastly, it's anti-competitive. End result: games will be worse (on average) than they would if competition were stronger.
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    acecombat , November 29, 2009 9:13 PM
    CryogenicMicrosoft should bundle Steam with Windows, one less vital application to set up

    But then the EU will make them create a dialog to allow users to choose which client they want so that other smaller companies get to freeload.
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