Earlier this week Alienware said that its Steam Machines – custom PCs that sport Valve's steam OS, hardware to support it, and a nifty Steam Controller – were not upgradeable and that it would use a release schedule similar to the iPad to get new hardware out there. Today the company is saying that there was a bit of a miscommunication in its original message.
What the company meant to say, apparently, is that you CAN upgrade the Alienware-branded Steam Machine, but it won't be an easy thing to do.
"Enabling customers the opportunity to upgrade components has been a core tenet for Alienware since the company was founded, and that remains true today," Alienware boss Frank Azor explained to Eurogamer in a statement 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."
Azor also reiterated what he said earlier this week on the subject of upgrading: users who want the ability to highly customize their machines might want to look at other system in their line-up.
We will continue to reiterate that it is infinity cheaper to build your own high-end Steam Machine, and you ultimately have more say in what the hardware will be in the machine you build with your own hands….