Valve has had some big news for gamers this week and there’s more to come. Most recently announced were the company’s plans for some Steam specific hardware to go along with their exciting sounding SteamOS. What’s more is Valve is planning on letting Steam users beta test their new machine before it’s available to the general public.
Taking PC gaming to a new level the new ‘Steam Machine’ as it’s being called will run their Steam OS. Valve said, “Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS.
“While these products are still in development, we need your help. As always, we believe the best way to ensure that the right products are getting made is to let people try them out and then make changes as we go. We have designed a high-performance prototype that’s optimized for gaming, for the living room, and for Steam. Of course, it’s also completely upgradable and open.
“This year we’re shipping just 300 of these boxes to Steam users, free of charge, for testing.”
While the multiple partners are unnamed, NVIDIA has spoken about working with Valve on the project. The beta testers in the gaming community aren't going to be picked at complete random. Valve is looking for members of the Steam community with at least 10 friends, a public Steam Profile, and have used Big Picture mode. Signing up for the beta giveaway is easy and Steam members have until the 25th of October to do so.
Aside from being the coolest kid on the block with one of these tester Steam Machines, those selected for testing will also have access to thousands of games on Steam. While there’s no release date for the machine it should be ready for retail in 2014. Specs for the machine will be released soon.