VALVE has officially announced their entry into the PC hardware world with the arrival of new Steam Machines. The Steam Machines from VALVE is a bundled device with integrated SteamOS that allows you to play all your latest games with the options to upgrade since the platform is completely open.
VALVE Announces Steam Machines For Gamers With Integrated SteamOS
VALVE announced their SteamOS a few days back and now they are officially integrating it inside their own exclusively built hardware to power the latest Steam games using Steamworks. VALVE mentions that their Steam Machines are available as prototype at the moment but anyone is eligible enough to participate in the BETA to get first hands on an Steam Machines prototype hardware kit.
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. You can make yourself eligible to get one. How? Read on! Valve
The most important question being, how to enter the beta and when are the Steam Machines launching? Here’s what you have to do:
THE HARDWARE BETA ELIGIBILITY QUEST:
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 Steam Machines would be available in different hardware configurations and would be available in 2014. The BETA Prototypes would ship in 2013 and around 30 Loyal Steam or should we say lucky guys/girls would get the chance to test the machines before launch. For more information, head over to the official page at http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamMachines/