Valve Reveal Not One, But Several Steam Machines
Continuing with their week of reveals, Valve announced yesterday that they would be releasing a variety of hardware in 2014, dubbing these new PC living room experiences as “Steam Machines”. And yes, that is totally a Daft Punk song.
Valve describes Steam Machines as a “powerful new category of living room hardware,” which will most certainly make use of the new operating system Valve announced on Monday, SteamOS. Valve is busy working out details with several manufacturers to produce a variety of different device for the living room, varying in power and design.
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“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.”
Valve also announced a “hardware beta” for the Steam Machines, with 300 high-powered versions being made available to those selected in the beta. These machines are all open and upgradable, Valve says, but there’s no indication that all Steam Machines will follow this type of design principle.
“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.”
Anyone can apply for the beta by following these five steps before October 25th:
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
Complete those and who knows, Valve could be sending you one of their top Steam Machines to test out before the end of the year, or early next year. As it stands, Steam Machines can be operated with a keyboard and mouse, but Valve has teased a controller announcement as their final one for the week, which should take place at 7pm Friday evening.
There’s no specifications to talk about regarding the Machines, but it looks like Valve is going for the more customisable route with it’s consoles, which is both good and bad. On the one hand, you’ll have a fine tuned PC that was designed for use with a TV in your living room, as well as being customisable, but on the other it’s still a PC, so those looking for a more hassle free PC will probably not be too impressed.
That said, if these Steam Machines are anything like Alienware’s X51 PC/Console hybrids, then we have something really interesting to look forward to.