Earlier this week Alienware revealed that they were planning to annually release new and better Steam Machines similar to the way Samsung and Apple release a new flagship smartphone every year, it was also said that they couldn’t be upgraded either which left some gamers up in arms. Alienware have since revealed that upgrades are possible, just really awkward to do so.
At CES earlier this month Alienware revealed their Steam Machine, a slim black console-like device with blue highlights, something that certainly wouldn’t look out of place underneath your TV. During an interview with Trusted Reviews Frank Azor, Alienware’s General Manager revealed that Alienware “will be updating our Steam Machines every year” just like Apple do with their iPhones.
That wasn’t all that Azor revealed, “There will be no customisation options, you can’t really update it.” meaning that, just with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, once you’ve bought it, that’s it. But there’s one problem. The Steam Machine isnt a gaming console, it’s a PC optimised for gaming in the living room.
PC gamers reacted negatively to the news that the Alienware Steam Machine couldn’t be upgraded so the company released another statement later on in the week. Frank Azor was back once again and said:
“The Alienware Steam Machine, announced at CES, is designed to deliver a great gaming experience in the living room and we will enable customers to upgrade components. Considering we’ve purposefully designed the Alienware Steam Machine to be smaller than the latest generation consoles, upgrading the internal components will not be as easy as compared to other platforms, such as the Alienware X51, but we will not prevent a customer from upgrading.”
So to sum it up, Alienware plan to release a new and updated Steam Machine annually, but for those who can’t afford to purchase a new computer every year, you can upgrade it, but it’s going to be awkward as hell.