Just a few days ago, Alienware GM Frank Azor stated that the firm plans to release Steam Machines annually and that customization would be difficult.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Azor stated that the Alienware Steam Machines owners will not be locked out of modding,
“Enabling customers the opportunity to upgrade components has been a core tenet for Alienware since the company was founded, and that remains true today.”
“The Alienware Steam Machine, announced at CES, is designed to deliver a great gaming experience in the living room and we will enable customers to upgrade components. Considering we’ve purposefully designed the Alienware Steam Machine to be smaller than the latest generation consoles, upgrading the internal components will not be as easy as compared to other platforms, such as the Alienware X51, but we will not prevent a customer from upgrading.”
“If a customer is interested in modding and upgrading their rig on a regular basis, then we recommend the Alienware X51. Enabling easy upgradeability was a critical design requirement for the X51. It includes features such as single screw access to all internal components, and easy-to-remove ODD, HDD, graphics, etc.
“We feel we have multiple options for customers based on their individual needs. If a gamer wants more freedom to upgrade, we have the X51. If they would prefer a smaller, more console-like system, we will offer the Alienware Steam Machine.”
You can view the details and prices 3rd Party Steam Machines that were featured at CES 2014.
What are your thoughts about customizing the Alienware Steam Machines?