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Valve Announces Range Of 'Steam Machines' Coming Next Year From Multiple Manufacturers

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Jonathan Lester
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Valve Announces Range Of 'Steam Machines' Coming Next Year From Multiple Manufacturers

Very Limited Prototype Beta Kicks Off This Year

The timer has reached zero, revealing Valve's second major announcement of the week. Following the reveal of SteamOS on Monday, Valve has now confirmed that their operating system will power a number of living room 'Steam Machines' next year developed by several manufacturers, as opposed to a single official 'Steam Box.'

However, they also apparently plan to distribute beta prototypes to 300 deserving Steam users... at least, those who jump through a few hoops. We've got all the details after the break.

"Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world," reads the opening salvo from Valve. "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."

"Beginning in 2014, there will be multiple SteamOS machines to choose from, made by different manufacturers," continues the FAQ. "We'll tell you more about it soon. Remember, there will ultimately be several boxes to choose from, with an array of specifications, price, and performance."

And that, dear reader, is that - at least for the time being. It appears that Valve aren't willing to give further details yet, beyond simply saying that SteamOS-powered living room PCs are coming next year.

However, there's an exceptionally slim possibility that you can test out a prototype before year's end thanks to an incredibly limited beta. Valve plans to pick 300 Steam users to receive a prototype unit - and then act as beta testers and ambassadors - free to "share info about their experience and post pictures and opinions online."

So, here are the criteria:
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

  1. Join the Steam Universe community group
  2. Agree to the Steam Hardware Beta Terms and Conditions
  3. Make 10 Steam friends (if you haven't already)
  4. Create a public Steam Community profile (if you haven't already)
  5. Play a game using a gamepad in Big Picture mode

I hate to lie to you, so here it is: there is almost no chance that you'll get selected for this. However, if you don't take part, there's no chance at all, I suppose.

The third and final Steam announcement is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 6PM.

Add a comment12 comments
Harryisme  Sep. 25, 2013 at 18:37

There is zero chance of me getting into this so I won't bother.

Will admit, so far both announcements have been 'meh' we knew Valve were looking to promote Linux as the next gaming platform because Gabe has an issue with Windows 8, and we knew they were working with serveral partners to make Steam based boxes, and these boxes needed an OS to run so making their custom OS based on Linux made more sense specially as Valve will have a better chance to promote GPU manufacturers to make more optimised drivers for Linux is the Steam name is attached to it.

I hope the third announcement is more interesting, and not a controller designed to work best with Big Picture.

davidpanik  Sep. 25, 2013 at 20:27

Hot-damn this is exciting news, even if it was pretty obvious what it was going to be!

And they've pretty much confirmed the next announcement is going to be a controller at the end of the statement there.

It's interesting to compare just how different Valve's console announcements are from Microsoft's - being very open, working with the community, admitting they might have to change things.

Rubisco  Sep. 25, 2013 at 22:18

() = SteamOS
[() ] = SteamOS in a box
()+() = SteamOS plus SteamOS. Obviously.

Unless the controller is to be some sort of smart controller running a version of SteamOS itself, then no the third announcement will not be a controller.

Rubisco  Sep. 25, 2013 at 22:54

() = SteamOS
[() ] = SteamOS in a box
()+() = SteamOS plus SteamOS. Obviously.

Unless the controller is to be some sort of smart controller running a version of SteamOS itself, then no the third announcement will not be a controller.
Actually that's not a bad idea. Calling it! "SteamOS Mobile" based upon Ubuntu Touch. Running on phones, tablets, and other specialist smart input devices with deep level of integration with your Steam machine. Basically what Sony and Nintendo are trying to achieve but better.

NostromoXP  Sep. 25, 2013 at 23:20

Probably have no chance at all but I'd still like to take part, the only problem I have is that I only have 6 friends on steam.

Anybody fancy being my friend :)

Steam account is NostromoXP (who would have guessed).

Tsung  Sep. 26, 2013 at 08:00

Friend invite sent; NostromoXP.. Accept that and you'll have 10 friends :)

davidpanik  Sep. 26, 2013 at 08:49

() = SteamOS
[() ] = SteamOS in a box
()+() = SteamOS plus SteamOS. Obviously.

Unless the controller is to be some sort of smart controller running a version of SteamOS itself, then no the third announcement will not be a controller.


Yeah, that's a good call actually. Would be something of a let-down for a gamepad to be announced after the console itself. Valve has talked in the past about "Big Foot" for streaming games to your TV and "Little Foot" for streaming games to your mobile device, this would make for sense it to be that. Or possibly some sort of companion app/controller (e.g. your screen acts a trackpad for replacing the mouse).

musicrabbie  Sep. 26, 2013 at 11:03

Could SteamOS+SteamOS be, simply, a mechanism to directly connect Steam Machines. Valve reinventing the Internet... couldn't possibly think what they'd call it. Steam World? Steam Factory etc

Last edited by musicrabbie, Sep. 26, 2013 at 11:04
stevenjameshyde  Sep. 26, 2013 at 11:29

Surely the third announcement is going to be delayed indefinitely? Then the Steam community will spend the next few years latching onto something, anything that looks like it might hint at the third announcements existence, even if there's no confirmation as to what it actually is?

NostromoXP  Sep. 26, 2013 at 15:30

Friend invite sent; NostromoXP.. Accept that and you'll have 10 friends :)


Cheers Tsung, all signed up. Just need to wait for Valve to send me the hardware now ;)

CarlPhillips  Sep. 26, 2013 at 16:04

Cheers Tsung, all signed up. Just need to wait for Valve to send me the hardware now ;)


Replace the word "trampoline" with "Steambox" in the following video, and that's pretty much my reaction to this whole situation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh5knx1Bt64

Harryisme  Sep. 27, 2013 at 20:36

() = SteamOS
[() ] = SteamOS in a box
()+() = SteamOS plus SteamOS. Obviously.

Unless the controller is to be some sort of smart controller running a version of SteamOS itself, then no the third announcement will not be a controller.


Turns out I actually got it right, which is a shame really.

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