Alienware have said today that they will not be building their Steam machines with support for upgrading.
The company will instead bring out a new version of the Steam machine once every 12 months, and according to Alienware general manager Frank Azor, the platform will "evolve" as games become more resource intensive.
Speaking to TrustedReviews, he said that there will be "some configuration options."
Lifecycle-wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years, we will be updating our Steam Machines every year.
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. There will be no customization options, you can't really update it.
Azor also said that they would be "restricted" and that users who want to tinker should look into other products in the Alienware lineup.
If you actually want to customize your Alienware Steam Machine, maybe change your graphics card out or put in a new CPU, you would be better off with the standard Alienware X51
I don't really like the sound of this I must say. I thought the whole idea of the Steam machine was to be completely open, and not let one manufacturer lock it down to whatever they want.
There are plenty of other manufacturers around that will be building the Steam machines so why got to Alienware in the first place?