It looks like the folks at Alienware are taking a page from the Call of Duty series’ books and looking to pump out a different, but similar, version of their Steam Machine annually. According to Alienware GM Frank Azor, the hardware for Alienware’s Steam Machines will be locked, similar to Sony and Microsoft’s. That means gamers won’t be able to customize the shiny insides like their familiar doing on their PC rigs.
“There will be no customization options — you can’t really update it” states Azor. He goes on to say, “the platform will continue to evolve as the games become more resource intensive. 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. This particular product is restricted in its upgrade options.”
I can’t say I’m a big fan of this. Alienware is a big name in the PC gaming world and to push out a new console yearly, it’s bound to wear thin on folks who have also found frustration with annual releases of games, phones, cars, etc.
Alienware’s Steam Machine is set to release in 2014, with no solid date confirmed.