Alienware has announced that they will be releasing a new Steam Machine annually.
Posted on PCR, Alienware’s General Manager, Frank Azor confirmed that the refresh cycle for their Steam Machine will be quicker than consoles:
“Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years, we will be updating our Steam Machines every year.”
In addition to its life cycle, Azor also mentioned that Alienware’s Steam Machine will not be user-upgradeable, saying “there will be no customisation options – you can’t really update it”. Azor has gone further on the customisation topic by referring to the Alienware X51 PC, which can come configured with SteamOS in the future:
“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. This particular product is restricted in its upgrade options.”
No price or release date has been provided for the Alienware Steam Machine yet. We’ll keep you up to date when we hear more!