The Steam Machine is pretty much a home console running the Steam OS. However, we won’t have to wait 5-6 years for brand new ones. Generally, home consoles take years before the manufacturers (Sony, Nintend0, Microsoft) replace them with new ones. Based on comments by Alienware, we could be looking at brand new Steam Machines every single year.
Speaking with Trusted Reviews Alienware general manager Frank Azor confirmed that their Steam Machines will be annualized. It is currently unknown if this will be true of every hardware manufacturer. He also confirmed that you will not be able to upgrade it like a traditional PC.
“Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years, we will be updating our Steam Machines every year,” he explained. “There will be no customization options – you can’t really update it. The platform will continue to evolve as the games become more resource intensive.”
“If you actually want to customize 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.”
So rather than a console the refresh period will be more like that of an iPhone with a new one released every year. It still sucks that you won’t be able to upgrade it.
Alienware’s Steam Machine launches later this year at an unknown price.