Earlier this month, Valve treated folks to an unveiling of several Steam Machines that would be debuting later on in the year. Popular gaming computer company, Alienware, was one of the companies that managed to get the license to build Steam Machines and it was a thing of beauty. It was sleek and not ostentatious in terms of its designs and kept the LED lights to a minimum. Last we heard Alienware’s Steam Machine offerings would only see a September release which is a relatively long wait, and now according to Alienware, it seems that customers who buy their Steam Machine will not be able to upgrade it.
This is according to Frank Azor, Alienware’s General Manager who revealed that information during an interview with Trusted Reviews. Azor also revealed Alienware’s plans on the life cycle of the product and stated that the console will be updated once every year, similar to how smartphones and tablets are refreshed on an annual basis. “Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years, we will be updating our Steam Machines every year.” Some are not too happy about it as PC games are developed differently from consoles. With consoles, games are specially developed for the hardware which remains the same, but PC game developers aren’t going to tailor their games for one specific Steam Machine, are they? What do you guys think? Does this put you off Alienware’s Steam Machine?