Valve reveals 'Steam Machines'
Valve's second announcement has details come gaming hardware that will make use of SteamOS...
SteamOS has already been announced by Valve earlier this week as the first of three such reveals. Now, the second announcement has been made, and this time it's for Steam Machines.
This new hardware will be able to run the SteamOS, and Valve is working with multiple partners to create a flexible range of gaming hardware, which won't be limited to one or two units, as console gaming is at the moment.
"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."
Just as the earlier announcement of SteamOS could have a huge impact on the gaming world, so to could this latest bombshell. The idea of industry standard gaming hardware in multiple devices running a standard OS is huge. Whether this means Steam Machines will be TVs, set top boxes or other units isn't clear at the moment, but you can't deny it has some serous potential to change the market as we know it.
The Steam Machine's program is still in very early days though, and prototypes need testing, which Valve is offering to 300 lucky Steam users.
To qualify to consideration as a Steam Machine tester you have to do the following (in no particular order). Once done, you'll earn a special badge and be short-listed for selection to be a tester.
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
This eligibility test will run until October 25, after which it'll be locked, so if you want to get a chance to be one of the first to use the new hardware, you'd better get going.
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