Steam Machines 1 Year Lifecycle?
Alienware, one of the leading manufacturers of PC gadgets and gizmos, and one of the seemingly endless number of companies making Valve's Steam Machine have announced they will be releasing a new machine every year to make up for the lack of customisation options. As we all know, PC games evolve at a rate that far exceeds that of our console cousins, and Alienware General Manager Frank Azor believes because of this, a new machine will be needed just to keep up with the latest games.
The average console will last anywhere from 5-6 years, although last generation kind of dragged out closer to the 10 year mark. With the lifecycle of the Steam Machine being a measly 12 months combined with a price that is equal to, or greater than that of the Xbox One of PS4...well...the Steam Machine is going to have a rough time finding a market.
"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.".
The Steam Machine is certainly an interesting idea. It straddles the line between console and PC, but due to it having no unified identity, mind boggling pricing, next to no customisation and a yearly remodel to keep up to date, it might just be easier to get yourself a PC and upgrade on the fly.