Alienware’s Steam Machine Is Now The Worst One Out There
I have this raging debate going on in my head about Steam Machines. On one hand I find them a really awesome idea, and something that I would consider when it comes time to upgrade or replace my desktop. On the other hand, I fail to see a viable and strong market for these PC consoles, although their ability to be tweaked and customised certainly puts thim in running with current consoles.
All of them, except for Alienware’s one.
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Alienware announced at CES that it would be developing their own Steam Machine for release later this year. No specifications were revealed, but yesterday Alienware detailed their business plan for the new machine, and it effectively killed the entire product. Alienware’s Steam Machine will not be upgradable or customizable, meaning that once it’s past its play by date, that’s it. Alienware then also revealed that they would release a new model annually for those looking to upgrade.
Problem with that is the fact that you’ll probably have to upgrade every single year. You see, despite bridging the gap between PC and console gaming, Steam Machines aren’t consoles. Unlike the lifespan of the Xbox One and PS4, which will have games that are continually published specifically for them, Steam Machines are still PC’s. Developers will continually push what they can produce on PC, which means a Steam Machine that isn’t upgradable will get left behind, and fast. That is unless you’re willing to effectively buy a new console every year. Just take a moment to consider how incredibly mad that sounds.
Alienware does point out that those looking for more options can purchase their X51, which is essentially a Steam Machine before it was cool. It baffles me that Alienware have something like the X51 and then choose to create something as backwards as their Steam Machine. Why not just load SteamOS on the X51 and ship a controller with it? Problem solved.
Well, at least now we only really have to look at 13 Steam Machines