Alienware: We will launch new Steam Machines every year « Trusted Reviews
Having officially unveiled its first Steam Machine console last week at CES 2014, gaming specialist Alienware has confirmed that it intends to launch new models every year.
Speaking out on its first Steam Machine, the Dell owned company has revealed that due to a lack of upgrade options on the Steam OS powered console, it will be forced to launch new models every 12 months.
“Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years, we will be updating our Steam Machines every year,” Frank Azor, Alienware’s General Manager told TrustedReviews.
Detailing the need for annual Alienware Steam Machine launches, Azor stated: “There will be no customisation options, you can’t really update it.” Despite the lack of customisation options he added: “The platform will continue to evolve as the games become more resource intensive.”
If the steam OS works flawlessly with my current library then I will likely dual boot.
At the moment dual booting is a PITA. Hopefully they'll change this when it's out of beta but currently installing SteamOS completely formats your HDD, no dual boot option. You can dual boot, but you have to install SteamOS first then your other OS. I'm thinking it might be possible to disconnect your primary HDD, install SteamOS on to a blank HDD then reconnect the primary and use something like Grub to fix the boot table to see both but I haven't actually tried it.
Personally, I'm just starting Steam in Big Picture mode on Windows 7.
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