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SteamOS, Steam Machines beta test in U.S. only; Valve shipping to testers Friday

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Those who signed up to for the beta test of the SteamOS, Steam Machines and Steam Controller will be receiving units soon, as Valve ships them Friday, though the testers will be limited to those in the United States, according to a report today from VG 24/7.

Valve designer Greg Coomer called the limited beta testing unfortunate, as the company had intended on gathering as much feedback as possible on the platform.

“We’ve had to make the difficult decision to limit our beta to the U.S. only, because of regulatory hurdles,” Coomer said. “This was not our original plan, and it means we can’t collect beta feedback from Steam customers world-wide, which is pretty unfortunate.”

Coomer said he believes Valve made the right decision with the limited beta testing, as it was the only way to incorporate any feedback into the 2014 product line and avoided further regulatory hurdles.

The machines are set to ship out Friday, Dec. 13, to the 300 lucky beta participants, who were notified today and awarded a “special badge on their Steam Community profile.”

The SteamOS will be available for download by individual users and commercial OEM when the ptrototype hardward ship, and in-home streaming beta will “begin soon,” Coomer said.

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