So what exactly is the point of a Steam Machine if you’ll be needing to upgrade it annually?
Valve’s vision of bringing PC gaming to the living room with Steam Machines portrayed a scenario where consumers will no longer have to deal with upgrading their hardware to keep up with the industry’s offerings.
Alienware though has revealed that their Steam Machines will not be highly upgradable, leaving consumers the option to purchase a newer version annually.
Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years, we will be updating our Steam Machines every year,” Alienware’s General Manager Frank Azor said while speaking to TrustedReviews. There will be no customisation options, you can’t really update it. The platform will continue to evolve as the games become more resource intensive.
Sounds like a sound plan to cash in by releasing new iterations every year. On that note, Azor did say that there will be “some configuration options” available such as memory and CPU.
Those hoping to purchase a solid Steam Machine with disregard to upgrading their hardware for the next couple of years at least will for sure be disappointed. It’s unheard of that anyone would be buying a new machine every year just to keep up with the hardware progression.
Alienware has not released a price for their Steam Machine, but it’s expected to be around $500, the same price of an Xbox One.
If you’re really bent on making a PC rig, then make your own. It’ll be cheaper, more powerful and last you longer than anything Alienware will offer.