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Alienware Alpha Review

Combining the UI of a gaming console with the power of a PC, the Alienware Alpha is a force to be reckoned with.

Entertainment Apps

Game consoles aren’t just about doling out smackdowns to your buddies in Call of Duty or D.O.T.A. Since the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, consoles have bundled entertainment apps such as Hulu and Netflix in an effort to provide other forms of amusement.

Apps on the Alpha are woefully absent, which means if you're looking to go on an anime binge, you'll have to download CrunchyRoll and import the shortcut into Steam to enjoy it in Big Picture Mode. The same goes for Netflix and Hulu. While I appreciate the freedom of installing my own apps, it would have been nice if Alienware and Steam could have found a way to incorporate some of the most popular options out of the box.

Microsoft doubled down on entertainment with the Xbox One, adding a robust cast of 39 apps including Hulu, Netflix, The CW app, Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, CrunchyRoll, Crackle, Machinima and the WWE Network — just to name a few. And if you're a sports fan such as myself, the One is batting .1000 with MLBTV, NBA Game Time, MLG, NHL Gaming Center Live and ESPN, where fans can create a custom experience by syncing the app with your ESPN.com account.

The PlayStation 4 also features a catalog of 18 entertainment apps, though not as many as Xbox One. You'll find Netflix, YouTube, CrunchyRoll, Vudu, Crackle, Epix, VidZone, NBA GameTime, MLB.TV Premium, Quello Concerts and several more.