Alienware has clarified its earlier stand on Steam Machine and revealed that users won’t be locked out of modding and won’t be prevented from upgrading their consoles.
Alienware general manager Frank Azor earlier revealed in an interview with Trusted Reviews that users won’t be able to customise their Alienware Steam Machines. “There will be some configuration options when you purchase it, maybe you can get a faster CPU, maybe some more memory something like that,” Azor had said at the time. However, he said “There will be no customisation options, you can’t really update it.”
Today Azor has clarified Alienware’s stand in a statement to Eurogamer revealing that their Steam Machine will be user-moddable however, “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 said that providing customers with the option of upgrading their Alienware systems “has been a core tenet for Alienware since the company was founded, and that remains true 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”, added Azor.