Steam Machines running SteamOS are coming to living rooms in 2014, Valve revealed in the second of three planned announcements for this week.
“Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world,” reads copy from Valve on the Steam Machines official website. “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.”
According to the website, Valve is “working with multiple partners” to develop “a powerful new category of living-room hardware.” The technology is still in development, however, and Valve is tapping 300 Steam users to beta test the hardware prototypes.
In order to participate in the beta, Steam users need to join the Steam Universe community group, agree to the hardware beta test terms and conditions, make 10 Steam friends, create a public Steam Community profile, and play a game using a gamepad in Big Picture mode. Steps can be completed in any order, but upon their completion, Steam users will be awarded a special badge signifying their eligibility. These steps must be completed before October 25.
Unfortunately, anything else about the various Steam Machines remains a mystery. No hardware specs, no design shots. Valve promises they’ll talk “more about it soon,” and that the aforementioned prototypes will ship this year.
The Steam Machines announcement comes two days after Valve announced their own Linux- and Steam-based operating system, SteamOS.