Steam Machines Announced by Valve
Valve announced yesterday that multiple devices will be available with their SteamOS, which was announced on Monday. It will available in 2014, while the beta for this hardware prototype will take place later this year, with 300 steam users taking part to test it’s “Steam Box”. The Steam Box will be a high-performance system, optimised for gaming and ‘for the living room’.
If you are interested in taking part in the beta, you have to agree to the terms and conditions before October 25 as well as completing four basic tasks. These tasks are to Join the Steam Universe community group, Make 10 Steam friends, Create a public Steam Community profile and to Play a game using a gamepad in Big Picture mode.
Valve stated, “The specific machine we’re testing is designed for users who want the most control possible over their hardware. Other boxes will optimize for size, price, quietness, or other factors.”
It was also confirmed that while it will be compatible with a mouse and keyboard, Valve confirmed that Steam Machines will work with gamepads. Whether it will be compatible with existing controllers such as the Xbox 360 controller is yet to be confirmed or denied.