Alienware's Steam Machines won't be upgradable

Instead the company will release a new box every 12 months.

Alienware's Steam Machines will not be built to support upgrading, the company has said.

Instead, Alienware will refresh its offering annually, in a fashion similar to the iPad. Alienware general manager Frank Azor explained to Trusted Reviews that the SteamOS hardware will continue to be updated with a new model every 12 months.

"Lifecycle-wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years, we will be updating our Steam Machines every year," Azor said. "The platform will continue to evolve as the games become more resource intensive."

"There will be some configuration options when you purchase it," he continued, "maybe you can get a faster CPU, maybe some more memory something like that." But, when it comes to getting new parts into the machine, "there will be no customisation options, you can't really update it."

Elsewhere in the interview, Azor called the Steam Machine "restricted" when it comes to the kind of customisation options that many PC users enjoy.

Azor said that users who were looking to tinker with the inside of their living room computer should look at other products in the Alienware lineup. "If you actually want to customise 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," he said. You could, of course, also buy a machine from a different vendor, or assemble one yourself.

Valve unveiled a whole host of third-party Steam Machines at CES 2014 earlier this month, including Alienware's offering. The price of the machine is yet to be revealed.

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jigar7
jigar7

Oh... btw... these idiots at Alienware had a change of heart and have stated that upgrading is possible... but difficult (update on IGN). I say... throw this piece of junk and get a real gaming PC if you are really interested in spending 1500-2000$... else a PS4/XONE under 500-550$. This is a serious waste of your hard earned money... even burning it would give you more joy than buying this piece of s**t expensive hardware!

Daian
Daian

Oh ffs, that's just a PC u can't upgrade. Just make a custom PC, put SteamOS on it, bring it in the living room and bam, u have a Steam Machine.

TheForthcoming1
TheForthcoming1

I'm reminded of how thrifty I am:

I have a used (less then $120) Dell Optiplex GX620 from Amazon, with a P4 HT CPU at 3.4Ghz, 4GB Ram, 1TB HD ($70), an HD Radeon 6450 video card ($50), SoundMAX sound with WindowsXP 3 SP3 and also Windows  7 ($100) that can run almost any game including the following: Fallout 3, New Vegas, Oblivion, Skyrim, Bioshock 1, 2 and Infinite, Minecraft, Rust, Dead Space and Mass Effect series of games, and it can run all the games on an Xbox 360 can run plus many PC only games as well :)

amx-763
amx-763

Why would they? There probably making it like a new console, really.

Hurvl
Hurvl

People are already accusing Alienware of being overpriced and now they say that their Steam machine can't be upgraded. They sure won't get more goodwill from that. The whole point of the Steam Machine, to me at least, was that it was supposed to be like a console in the way that it's designed for gaming (Steam OS instead of Windows) but with the flexibility and customization options that a regular PC offers.

GIF
GIF

I've had my Alienware for 10 years which is a testament to the service and product reliability but would I buy one again? Nope. Too expensive, including this Steam box which is by its very nature a contradiction especially when Steam Boxes are made to be upgradeable. And if this is to have a titan card how will it compete with next gen consoles? A titan card is $1000 retail. I will pass.

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

HAHAHAHHAAAHHAHAHAAA!!!. An unupgradeable version of an upgradeable box? What in the hell are these fucktards smoking? I have trouble believing that anyone with a brain in their heads would give Alienware a single cent of their hard earned, especially when it comes to a "console" whose biggest feature is that it's supposed to be upgradeable. Good fucking luck Azor you gerbil.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Don't buy this crap,even if you are into Steam Machines.Everything that has an Alienware logo on it is overpriced and shitty.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

Alienware is complete trash anyways. I cant imagine any informed person buying one of their overpriced boxes with hardware that costs half as much.

pszone
pszone

waste money and rip you off.

Kayweg
Kayweg

So, basically it's a PC without a PC's major advantage...upgradability.

Errr, yes, i'm sure that will sell like warm bread.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

I actually think these have the potential to be nice little workstation machines with two eyes fixed on gaming potential.  *puts up umbrella*

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

Unless this Alienware Steambox costs like U$299, there's no reason on earth to buy this crap.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Hahaha totally expected this from those guys at Alienware. They just literally lost over half their possible sales on this.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

Fuck Steam Machine, ill take my Playstation consoles and my PC over it any time. i mean PC owners dont want it and console users dont care, so who is buying it, this will flop big time.



nurnberg
nurnberg

Alienware is already a rip-off.  An Alienware Steam Machine is a double rip-off.  Wonder how that thing will cost?  2000?

demondogx
demondogx

You just know some ppl will buy this just because it has alienware on it
Same reason some ppl buy clothes that are 100$ more expensive, just because of some stupid brand
Some ppl are just simply retarted

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Doesn't bother me in the slightest, I'll custom build a PC anyways (like I always did because it's much cheaper) and then install SteamOS on it.

Dell can keep trying to sell their overpriced hardware to less knowledgeable people which will complain that "PC gaming is so expensive", which is absolutely not true unless they have no clue what they're talking about - which is most likely the case when they buy an Alienware system.


I give them credit however for mentioning that one can "assemble one yourself", so at least they're not full on heads deep up their asses.

I am somewhat interested in their hardware specs and pricing, but I assume my opinion when it comes to Alienware will still hold true. (starts at around 750 EUR up to 2500 EUR, while you can build a similar system yourself for 400 EUR to 1400 EUR)

ellinax
ellinax

why would anyone even buy this piece of overpriced alienware crap

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

this is a BIG FAIL.....even consoles are replaced after 5-10 years ....why would somebody keep wasting his money after every fucking year just to get another non-upgradable box ...pathetic !

allever
allever

Steam machines are DOA.  The reason being there is no standard rules like the Xbox or Playstation.  It's just a custom PC... and being non-upgradeable makes it WORSE than a PC.  Let alone within a year it's already outdated by the next version.

Makes no sense to buy.

Ziabster
Ziabster

This is bollocks. I never got the idea of steam machines but this is just plain stupid. What they're saying is: get a new pc each year. Someone must be really dumb to do that. If you have the money, u'll just get a proper gaming pc, if you don't have the money - a console suits you far better than this. Gosh Dell is stupid.

wexorian
wexorian

If it will have exclusive "alienware" sockets to Motherboard etc we won't be abble to upgrade but thats' quiet impossible 

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Well at least it has the official "Alien head" logo. 

ahpuck
ahpuck

Good to know, I'll wait for the next upgrade ∞

Daveof89
Daveof89

How does alienware still exist?... There must be a LOT of suckers out there!


Just build your own computer. So easy a caveman could do it.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Oh Dell, you so funny.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Next it will be "Alienware Online"

Pay to Play :)

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Hmmm...

So after 2 years do we get an upgrade price???

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

Good for Alienware, you get your money's worth. Lead the sheep to the slaughter!

megakick
megakick

Pointless. I think Alienware is TROLLING.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I really hope they don't charge tons more than they should for the hardware simply because it had their name on it.

fern420
fern420

@Kayweg 


warm bread sells fantastic and encourages even more food purchases;....there's a reason the bakery is in the front of your grocery store...it's a tried and true marketing strategy.  

e5115271
e5115271

The 'assemble one yourself' was outside quotation marks, it was tacked on at the end of the quote by Gamespot.

snaketus
snaketus

@allever I agree, but PC isn't bad in the first place, I don't say you said it was, but the tone of the word "worse" gave me that feeling.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Daveof89 Because of lazy mother fuckers that's why. My roommate spent a retarded amount of money on his alienware gaming desktop years ago when he has the know how and the friends who know how better, to have built a jesus gaming PC for much less money. Bitches be lazy, that is all.

Kayweg
Kayweg

@fern420 Grats on utterly and completely missing the sarcasm ;)

slainta
slainta

@WolfGrey @WolfgarTheQuiet And who would buy it? I just see the generic consumer in a electronic store seeing this SteamBox. First reaction: wtf is a SteamBox? Second reaction (after looking at the prices): WHAT?!?!

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

@e5115271Thanks for the hint, I must have overlooked that. There goes that credit.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@slainta @WolfGrey @WolfgarTheQuiet I own a gaming PC and I'd buy one, I don't see why not. I mean yea my PC already does all this shit better - obviously - but it would be nice to have a second gaming PC. At least that way I could stop wasting my hard drive space with game installs and focus on prons and Tv and such.