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Valve announces Steam Machines

Posted September 26, 2013 by Bunneh3000 in News
Steam Machine

PC gamers with Steam Box anxiety can finally relax!

After announcing to the world that they are putting on a full frontal assault on your living room with their Linux based Steam OS, Valve finally revealed their Steam Box officially named “Steam Machines”. The second of three major announcements for the company, Valve is planning for these media unification devices to each be able to cater to the varied ways we choose to experience our entertainment on our home TVs. These living room gaming systems, rumored to be called “Steam box” at one point, are to be made by different manufacturers and ready for release in 2014.

Joystiq reported from the Valve site itself:

“Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world,” Valve writes. “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.”

This device will ultimately allow the user to stream their Steam library (regardless if it is Mac or PC) to their TV. As their OS service expands its capabilities. It will also utilize a variety of media services (probably Netflix and Hulu for example) to stream movies, TV, and music as well as the games.

Valve is currently looking to test out 300 prototype Steam Machines. Beta testers must “first join the Steam Universe community group, agree to the beta program terms, obtain ten friends on Steam”. Called an “Eligibility Quest”, this process will also require the tester to have played Steam in “Big Picture mode” with a controller. This new feature for Valve’s digital distribution service was rolled out earlier in anticipation of this in December of last year. So if you are looking to get your hands on one early, be sure to go and sign up now. The cut off date for signing up is October 25th.

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