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Steam Machine and Controller Prototypes Shipping to Selected Beta Testers on Friday

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Posted on December 12, 2013 AT 03:39am

The prototype versions of Valve’s Steam Machine and Steam Controller are being shipped to selected beta testers this Friday, the company has announced.

The 300 randomly selected beta testers were notified of their success yesterday, so if you haven’t had an email by now you’re not getting one. All of the selected participants are in the U.S. due to “regulatory hurdles,” according to Valve.

“This was not our original plan, and it means we can’t collect beta feedback from Steam customers world-wide, which is pretty unfortunate,” the developer explained. ”All things considered, we’re sure it was the right decision, because the alternative was to delay the whole beta beyond the point when we’d be able to incorporate any feedback into the 2014 products.”

Testers will receive a special badge on their Steam profile for participating, and a number of games that run natively on SteamOS will be added to their library for free.

Valve added that the commercial versions of Steam Machines will not be limited to the U.S., and promised more information regarding a commercial release at CES on January 6.

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