Valve Announces New Hardware and Beta Testing

On the Steam living room teaser page today, Valve announced that they are in fact making “Steam Machines”. On the page, Vale detailed how people can get acess to the beta testing of these machines.

There will be 300 of these devices sent out to users who apply, totally free of charge to them. Running SteamOS, there will be multiple devices with different hardware. You can beta test doing this


Before October 25, log in to Steam and then visit your quest page to track your current status towards beta test eligibility
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

No specifications or any hard details were announced, but this is exciting that we may be getting a look at the new Valve product in the next year as they reference a release date of 2014. Not too long away!

Here are some interesting questions on the website:

“Can I hack this box? Run another OS? Change the hardware? Install my own software? Use it to build a robot?

Sure.””Am I going to be using a mouse and a keyboard in the living-room?

If you want. But Steam and SteamOS work well with gamepads, too. Stay tuned, though – we have some more to say very soon on the topic of input.””When can I buy one?!

Beginning in 2014, there will be multiple SteamOS machines to choose from, made by different manufacturers.””If you guys are delivering an OS to hardware manufacturers, why is Valve also making its own box?

We’re conducting a beta of the overall Steam living-room experience, so we needed to build prototype hardware on which to run tests. At Valve we always rely on real-world testing as part of our design process. The specific machine we’re testing is designed for users who want the most control possible over their hardware. Other boxes will optimize for size, price, quietness, or other factors.”This is exciting, Valve will release a piece of hardware to accompany the new SteamOS. Whether this will convince PC gamers to swap to this or even console gamers is yet to be see.