Contrasting earlier reports, Alienware’s GM has said that consumers will be able to upgrade the firm’s Steam Machine PC system.
Frank Azor had previously said of the Machine that, like PlayStation and Xbox platforms, gamers would have to purchase an entirely new box to play more graphically intensive titles – but that the Alienware Machine would see a faster lifecycle than the consoles.
"Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years, we will be updating our Steam Machines every year," he explained.
“There will be no customisation options – you can’t really update it."
However, speaking to Eurogamer, Azor said that the Machines would allow components to be replaced and upgraded, but that it wouldn’t be as easy as with a standard desktop computer.
"Enabling customers the opportunity to upgrade components has been a core tenet for Alienware since the company was founded, and that remains true today," he clarified.
“Upgrading the internal components will not be as easy as compared to other platforms, but we will not prevent a customer from upgrading."
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