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Alienware Steam Machine is upgradeable, clarifies company exec

But the slimline case means it 'won't be easy' to mod

Alienware's Steam Machine will be upgradeable, the firm has clarified, backtracking on previous messaging in which it stated the opposite.

"Enabling customers the opportunity to upgrade components has been a core tenet for Alienware since the company was founded, and that remains true today," said Alienware SVP Frank Azor to Eurogamer.

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"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," he added.

This somewhat contradicts a previous statement in which Azor said of the Alienware Steam Box, "There will be no customisation options, you can't really update it."

While users will be able to make changes to the Alienware box, Azor goes on to clarify that its slimline profile will make adding upgrades difficult.

"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," he said.

Azor previously said that its Steam Machine's relative lack of upgradeability is the reason it plans to release new Steam Machines on an annual basis.

Alienware's first Steam Machine was revealed alongside 12 others at a recent Steam Machine event.

The small box is expected to launch in September. While no firm specs have been released, an Alienware rep told CVG at the CES expo this month that the device will compete with PS4 and Xbox One in raw performance, and is expected to be powered by an Nvidia graphics card aside an Intel CPU on a custom proprietary motherboard.

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