Alienware Steam Machine Will Be Upgradeable After All

Alienware clarifies that their Steam Boxes are upgradable - just not easily.

Contrary to what was reported earlier this week, Alienware users will in fact be able to upgrade their Steam Machines – it just won’t be easy.

In an interview today with Eurogamer, Alienware general manager Frank Azor clarified that the company won’t prevent Steam Machine owners from modding their consoles, but warned that the task might prove difficult.

"Enabling customers the opportunity to upgrade components 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. 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."

This new statement is pretty much a 180 from what Azor said this past Tuesday, but comes as good news to those previously disappointed by the console's lack of customization options. 

Azor still insists however that users interested in upgrades and modifications would be better off buying a PC – the Alienware X51to be specific. 

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Published Jan. 23rd 2014

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