Valve Confirms Steam Machines And Announces Beta Prototype
Monday Valve announced the SteamOS, an operating system that’s reportedly compatible with any living room device. Today, Valve has now confirmed that it will be releasing hardware in 2014. The studio will be making multiple Steam Machines available in 2014, but first, there’s Valve’s beta test period. One important thing to remember is that Valve won’t be making these devices in-house. They’ll be working with multiple hardware manufacturers to create devices with the SteamOS installed. This way there’s several price points with varying tech specs.
An ultra small beta group of 300 testers will receive prototypes for testing, said testers are allowed, and encouraged to share their opinions with the community. Here’s how you can sign up for the beta:
Before October 25, log in to Steam and then visit your quest page to track your current status towards beta test eligibility.
– Join the Steam Universe community group
– Agree to the Steam Hardware Beta Terms and Conditions
– Make 10 Steam friends (if you haven’t already)
– Create a public Steam Community profile (if you haven’t already)
– Play a game using a gamepad in Big Picture mode
The company is choosing a very forward facing process in choosing the correct partner to produce their hardware in the future. This is the announcement we’ve all been waiting for, and Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft have been dreading. There’s now another device heading to consumers living rooms. A device that may, or may not, have a higher entry cost, but will offer enormous savings on software.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have both been courting the indie development community in what we thought was an ongoing war between Sony and Microsoft. It’s completely plausible that both companies knew Valve had hardware coming to market just after their new console launches, and wanted to make sure they could offer close to the same software as the Steam marketplace.
What would you pay for a SteamOS box? If you haven’t already, would you finally convert to PC-ish gaming if the entry price was right?
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