You can sign up to help Valve beta test what will effectively be the hardware prototype of what was once called the Steambox. The requirements for that are listed below. You may have also recently seen our show about how a Valve gaming console of sorts would indefinitely change the video games industry for the better. If you didn’t see that show Check It Out Here. This announcement of Steam Machines is the second in a trilogy of announcements to hit from Valve regarding the living room space. For the first announcement (SteamOS), CLICK HERE.
“A powerful new category of living-room hardware is on the horizon.
Join the hardware beta now.
Choose the model right for you in 2014.
Finally, a multiple choice answer
Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. 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.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 eligibility1. Join the Steam Universe community group2. Agree to the Steam Hardware Beta Terms and Conditions3. 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
- Q: When can I buy one?!
- A: Beginning in 2014, there will be multiple SteamOS machines to choose from, made by different manufacturers.
- Q: I’m pretty happy with my PC Gaming setup, do I have to buy a new piece of hardware now?
- A: No. Everything that we’ve been doing on Steam for the last 10 years will continue to move forward.
- Q: If you guys are delivering an OS to hardware manufacturers, why is Valve also making its own box?
- A: 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.
- Q: How will you choose the 300 beta participants?
- A: A small number of users (30 or less) will be chosen based on their past community contributions and beta participation. The remainder will be chosen at random from the eligible pool.
- Q: Should I create lots of Steam accounts to increase my chances of getting selected?
- A: No, that won’t work.
- Q: What are the specs of the Valve prototype?
- A: 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.
- Q: Where’s a picture of it? How big is it?
- A: We promise we’ll tell you more about it soon.
- Q: When will the prototypes ship?
- A: This year.
- Q: Will beta testers be allowed to share info about their experience and post pictures and opinions online?
- A: Yes, that really is the whole point. The input from testers should come in many forms: bug reports, forum posts, concept art, 3D prints, haikus, and also very publicly stated opinions.
- Q: Will I be able to build my own box to run SteamOS?
- A: Yes.
- Q: Can I hack this box? Run another OS? Change the hardware? Install my own software? Use it to build a robot?
- A: Sure.
- Q: Can I download the OS to try it out?
- A: You will be able to download it (including the source code, if you’re into that) but not yet.
- Q: If I’m not in the beta, how can I help and contribute feedback?
- A: The Steam Universe Group is where feedback is being collected. Most areas of the group will remain open for participation by all Steam users. Some may be limited to beta participants only, but there will be plenty of ways to contribute feedback for everyone.
- Q: What games will be available during the beta?
- A: The nearly 3,000 games on Steam. Hundreds already running natively on the SteamOS, with more to come. The rest will work seamlessly via in-home streaming.
- Q: What is SteamOS? What’s included?
- A: Here’s a link to what we said earlier about SteamOS. We’ll have more details to tell you, soon.
- Q: Am I going to be using a mouse and a keyboard in the living-room?
- A: 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.”
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