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Alienware Backpedals on Upgrading Steam Machines
Filed under: STEAM MACHINE

Earlier this week, Alienware said that you can't upgrade their brand of Steam Machines, but hey, they will be producing new models every year. Now the company says they didn't convey the message accurately. You can upgrade their Steam Machines, but it won't be an easy task.

"Enabling customers the opportunity to upgrade components has been a core tenet for Alienware since the company was founded, and that remains true today," Alienware head Frank Azor told Eurogamer.

"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."

Of course, he reiterated again that users probably don't want to do this, it's better to buy a new machine every year. Maybe it would be easier (and cheaper) to build your own Steam Machine?

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irish_wolfhound Jan 23 2014, 08:55 am EST
Alienware BLOWS !!!
Snowy007 Jan 23 2014, 09:42 am EST
What an excellent idea. I'm going to buy myself a new steam pc/console hybrid thingy for +/- €500,- every single year!
Would anyone actually be that insane? You could buy a ps4 (yea... or Xbox One) for the same price and you can play the games released on that platform for the next 7-8 years.
And if games indeed get so much worse graphics for console compared to pc's, then just buy a pc. You can upgrade that thing easily whenever you want.
PerfectXtreme Jan 23 2014, 09:55 am EST
You can't upgrade PC's easily whenever you want...

If you be (more or less) the latest PC hardware that exists today. 2-3 years from now you'll have to replace the Mobo, CPU, Ram, and Video card in order to get any real upgrade out of it.

The new ram will require a new Mobo. The new CPU will require a new Mobo. The new video card might still fit, but you'll not get much benefit out of it if you're running outdated CPU and Ram...

Consoles have the benefit of allowing developers to spend endless hours fine-tuning games to look as good as possible on an exact set of hardware specs. PC games they just let you bump everything up/down however you want and let the user decide the level of performance vs quality they want.

Anyway, I hate consoles FYI, but PC is not a simple "oh I can just buy a new CPU and be super duper fast no problem!" These days, you get to keep the hard drive, case, power supply, and... thats about it...
  Snowy007: Yea, thats true. I may have been exaggerating a bit. …
Snowy007: Also when i said "You can upgrade that thing easily w…
gabezone: It is not exaggerating at all. You can upgrade pc's w…
Snowy007: It really just depends on what you want to upgrade, h…
Terminator Jan 23 2014, 05:28 pm EST
Buy a new Alienware machine every year? Hah, I would rather get a console. No need for upgrades until the next generation comes out :)
mcthornbody Jan 24 2014, 08:23 pm EST
The forest is thru the trees people. Valve dont give a damn about what happens in the the next 2 years. When PC's start getting hooked up to big screens because the computer was old and we upgraded to a new main pc. Then you will see a surge as far as Steam machine goes. With the consoles stuck with what they have, a steam machine/or what you build will blow the doors off xbox/ps4... they dont even use ddr4. A modern pc in 3 years will smoke whatever the consoles can do.
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