As I discussed earlier this week, Valve announced SteamOS. In Valve’s second major announcement this week, they have introduced Steam Machines, hardware designed to run SteamOS. This is the announcement many were expecting this week, most dubbing the previously mythical hardware SteamBox. Valve is keeping quiet on the details, only mentioning that the Steam Machines will be available in 2014.
Valve is working with multiple partners to create a variety of machines that will natively run it’s upcoming SteamOS, designed specifically for gaming on large HDTVs in the living room. Valve also made a point to mention that the Steam Machines will be fully open and upgradable. In order to fine-tune their prototype, Valve will be shipping out 300 of their early Steam Machines to Steam users who meet certain criteria. About 270 users who meet the criteria will be picked at random to receive a Steam Machine to beta test. The other approximately 30 users will be chosen by Steam based on their past community contributions and beta participation.
Check out Valve’s Steam Machines page to review the beta participation requirements and to see how you can enter yourself into the random drawing. I know I’ll be vying for the opportunity along with you! Be sure to quality before October 25th, as that’s when Valve will close the doors on entries.