We reported earlier this week that Alienware had said that you won't be able to upgrade your Steam machine, and that you would have to buy a new one every 12 months.
They have now followed this up with another statement to say that you will be able to upgrade the machine, it just won't be easy.
Alienware general manager Frank Azor told Eurogamer that the opportunity to upgrade components has been a "core tenet for Alienware since the company was founded."
Enabling customers the opportunity to upgrade components has been a core tenet for Alienware since the company was founded, and that remains true today
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.
Earlier in the week he said that if you want to be able to upgrade then you should go with the X51 that Alienware have on offer. The statement that he has made is a complete reversal on what was originally said though, as previously it was "you can't upgrade it at all."
We feel we have multiple options for customers based on their individual needs. If a gamer wants more freedom to upgrade, we have the X51. If they would prefer a smaller, more console-like system, we will offer the Alienware Steam Machine.
I should think people will still find a way to make it relatively easy to upgrade the smaller Steam machine, but only time will tell.