On the back of Valve’s exciting SteamOS reveal this week, the company has continued its schedule of announcements with the reveal of Steam Machines, an initiative through which Valve is working with “multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS.”
Before these gaming machines built by partners are brought to market, however, Valve intends to release a protoypical version of the devices, designed by the company and said to be “high-performance” and “optimised for gaming, for the living room, and for Steam.” It’s also completely upgradeable and open, “[of] course,” writes Valve.
Valve will be shipping a mere 300 of these prototype boxes to select Steam users, free of charge, in order to help the company test them in the wild, and you can sign up for the hardware beta right now by making yourself eligible depending on your use of Steam, tracking your status along the way at your own personal quest page. You’ll need to make yourself eligible before October 25th – get the full details here.
Valve has also released a list of frequently asked questions at the official Steam Machines reveal page, with answers on when we can buy our very own device (early 2014, from multiple manufacturers), how we can use SteamOS and our Steam Machines (you can use a keyboard and mouse, but Valve has “more to say very soon on the topic of input” soon) and much more.
What are your thoughts on Valve’s hardware ambitious initiative? And what do you think Valve’s third and final announcement will be about? Something to do with input for SteamOS?