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Can't Upgrade Alienware Steam Machines
Filed under: STEAM MACHINE

Alienware has confirmed that you cannot upgrade their brand of Steam Machines, but they will crank out new models each year.

"Lifecycle-wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years, we will be updating our Steam Machines every year," Frank Azor of Alienware told Trusted Reviews. "The platform will continue to evolve as the games become more resource intensive.

"There will be some configuration options when you purchase it, maybe you can get a faster CPU, maybe some more memory something like that," he added. However, "there will be no customisation options, you can't really update it."

Alienware has not announced how much their Steam Machine would cost, but considering the announced machines range in price from $499 to $6,000, this could be an expensive endeavor.

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Barzenak42 Jan 21 2014, 09:33 am EST
No interest in a console that is obsolete after 1 year. My pc gaming rig is 5 years old now and still plays it all...why would I invest in a throw away computer every year to play steam games...? I will buy a ps4 next and between my gaming rig and a new console I am all set.
  araczynski: obviously you're not sheep enough to be cool like the…
Vader [STAFF] Jan 21 2014, 09:39 am EST
Your rig plays it all because gaming isn't as demanding as it used to be. The gaming scene is thriving with indie games and casual games, which don't cry out for any upgrades. The industry has shifted in the past few years towards less demanding titles.
  Reikhardt: However I'd argue that in the coming months hardware …
260077: Yep Rei, once the crossgen based games get phased out…
Reikhardt: I think the main thing will be memory usuage. I don't…
260077: You have to remember that these consoles have to shar…
Reikhardt: Sure, I don't disagree. But they wont optimise for PC…
260077: These multiplats wont be badly optimized since these …
Barzenak42 Jan 21 2014, 01:53 pm EST
Skyrim, DMC, Batman, etc all work fine on this. It is more the hardware has become more stable and matured well . Using a good video card etc but still you do not need a killer rig anymore to play todays games. Might mean something if you want to impress with numbers or benchmarks but I just want a fluid gaming experience. All good here for now anyhow..
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