Alienware’s Steam Machine Will Be Customisable, They Just Don’t Advise It
Yesterday I wrote about Alienware’s absurd decision to make their version of a steam Machine non-customisable, basically missing the entire point of having a portable yet powerful PC. Today, the company clarified some features of their steam Machine.
Apparently, you will be able to customise your Alienware Steam Machine, it’s just going to be bloody difficult.
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Speaking to Eurogamer, Alienware boss Frank Azor explained that previous reports about the Alienware Steam Machine being completely closed were inaccurate, although users planning to mod or change their machine will have a very tough time.
“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 said. “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.”
It seems more and more likely that Alienware is stuck between a hard and a rock place in terms of what their Steam Machine wants to be. While they want it to compete with the other Machines on offer, they don’t want to sideline their X51 entirely, which really is the world’s first Steam Machine if you ask me. Azor’s advice for those looking for a customisable Steam Machine basically echoes that sentiment.
“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.”
So, while it’s not entirely locked up, Alienware really isn’t making things easy. Stick to an X51, if you really need to have Alienware.