In an odd turn for Valve’s incoming PC/console hybrid, Alienware has announced that it will launch new Steam Machines every year, and that they won’t be upgradeable.
According to Alienware’s general manager Frank Azor: “There will be no customisation options, you can’t really update it.”
The announcement is sure to isolate a good portion of PC gamers that may have been keeping a curious eye on the Steam Machine, and it is also sure to scare off console gamers who won’t be too keen on shelling out around £430 for a machine that will be replaced in a year. The machine will cost roughly the same as an Xbox One or PS4; both of which are not expected to be replaced for the next five to ten years.
“There will be some configuration options when you purchase it, maybe you can get a faster CPU, maybe some more memory something like that,” said Azor.