First Valve Steam Machine prototypes shipping to 300 beta testers Friday

If you have been waiting to hear if you have been selected as one of the 300 beta testers for Valve's Steam Machine prototype, you won't have to wait for much longer. Valve has announced it has picked who it will be sending the prototypes to and that the actual units will be shipping on Friday.

In a post on the Steam Universe community page, Valve says it will be emailing the lucky 300 beta testers later today. All of them will be U.S. residents, due to regulatory issues. The post came with a collage of images showing the prototype models being built at an unnamed factory, along with the early versions of the touchpad-themed Steam Controller. Valve added:

Each selected user is also being awarded a special badge on their Steam Community profile, indicating that they’re a beta participant. In addition, a number of games that run natively on SteamOS are being added to each selected user’s library.

Valve's Linux-based SteamOS will also be available to download around the time the Steam Machine prototypes ship out. Valve does say that most people might want to wait until 2014 to download SteamOS "unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already."

Valve plans to make more Steam Machine announcements, specifically on which third party companies will be joining the party, at CES in January. iBuyPower has already announced it will be making a Steam Machine PC, and today Digital Storm announced plans for a hybrid Windows-SteamOS PC in a small form factor.

Source: Steam | Image via Valve

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Well done Valve, although... I think you're ten years too late. Xbox One is going to kill Steam Box sales. I am glad I decided on getting an Xbox One console.

First thing i would do with one would be to install windows and use an xbox 360 controller along with a standard gaming keyboard and my Razer naga mouse.

I highly doubt anything worth playing will be available. Just old games and ported game along with a few games running in wine. Even in the future a few years from now if it takes off the games for steamos will also be available on Windows.

PC's are not just for gaming most people who buy a PC do so like buying a smart phone its the jack of all trades unlike a console that does one thing it can do many things. Running linux and having crappy driver support and lack of 3ed party hardware support along with software is not a winning idea EVER!.

If you want usability go windows.. Ditch SteamOS ASAP and make sure they hear you have done it so they can get the stupid idea out of there heads so game devs can spend more time making better games rather than compatible games.

Vester said,
First thing i would do with one would be to install windows and use an xbox 360 controller along with a standard gaming keyboard and my Razer naga mouse.

I highly doubt anything worth playing will be available. Just old games and ported game along with a few games running in wine. Even in the future a few years from now if it takes off the games for steamos will also be available on Windows.

PC's are not just for gaming most people who buy a PC do so like buying a smart phone its the jack of all trades unlike a console that does one thing it can do many things. Running linux and having crappy driver support and lack of 3ed party hardware support along with software is not a winning idea EVER!.

If you want usability go windows.. Ditch SteamOS ASAP and make sure they hear you have done it so they can get the stupid idea out of there heads so game devs can spend more time making better games rather than compatible games.

I still don't get it why ...
No exclusive games, non existent games library, no hardware cost advantage, no backward support.

Can't wait to revisit this in a year or so...I get the feeling they're going to do it right...just like STEAM...which so many were also dead wrong about.

DRM policy regarding used games or go home. And don't even think about trying a MSFT restrictive policy...learn the lesson valve. Console gamers don't bend over to you that easily.

Steam by itself doesn't even allow used games, what makes you think this will? When Valve did it 10 years ago it was perfectly fine, Steam is some sort of meccah for gamers. When Microsoft does it, then it's OH GOD MS YOU'RE KILLING GAMING.

That's because Valve has competition. Microsoft's digital downloads have competition from whom exactly? No one.

GMG, Amazon, and the Humble Bundles provide great incentives for purchasing games, and that's not even considering the steep price drops Steam offers throughout the year.

Except that many of those games that are sold on Amazon, and GMG require Steam. And you can't sell them or buy used copies because Steam doesn't allow that.

His post was talking specifically about used game sales.

Way to rain on my parade Valve I mean I knew my chances were going to be slim, but getting knocked out purely because of were I live is a downer.

I myself feel bad now, I was tricked by valve to play by their rules only to find out that sorry its US only after a couple of months.

at least they should get something for the rest of the world... like 300 controllers and games that they added to the US winners...

again its not fair.

Zaic said,
I myself feel bad now, I was tricked by valve to play by their rules only to find out that sorry its US only after a couple of months.

at least they should get something for the rest of the world... like 300 controllers and games that they added to the US winners...

again its not fair.


Blame your crap goverment for overbearing regulation.

I can see how EU, has more strict rules but there is like 300 other countries Valve promised that would participate in this event. Did those countries have strict rules as well? don't think so.
They new it from the beginning. They lied.
An apology would be more than enough from them, but all they say is that they are incompetent and immature (not directly), at least this is how I see them right now.

Sounds to me like it's something they wanted to do, but didn't realize how many headaches they would get themselves into trying to sort out the mess, and just opted for a quick way of handling things until they could figure something out. This is a new venture for them after all. Here's hoping they find a way to make it up to those outside though US though.

No email for me, suppose that means I wasn't picked or they haven't sent emails out to everyone that was chosen as of yet. Not getting my hopes up, I rarely have any kind of luck (except bad) and I didn't get chosen to beta test Chromebook..

Xtreme2damax said,
No email for me, suppose that means I wasn't picked or they haven't sent emails out to everyone that was chosen as of yet. Not getting my hopes up, I rarely have any kind of luck (except bad) and I didn't get chosen to beta test Chromebook..

Ha you and me both. When it comes to these sorts of things I don't even know why I waste my time with "entering".

Lord Method Man said,
Wow, newfound respect for Activision. Good on them.

Umm... I think it would be good to get the games on as many platforms as possible. Linux is definitely viable for many things including gaming but just like Macs they have to allow it to happen.

People here are every bit as juvenile as the Mactards at apple rumours, it's actually sad that people are so happy at the idea of consumers not getting choice

Javik said,
People here are every bit as juvenile as the Mactards at apple rumours, it's actually sad that people are so happy at the idea of consumers not getting choice

It doesn't help that Linux is a HUGE pain to support. Steam doesn't even run on every distro. Why dedicate resources to an OS that has less than 1% of the market?

Yes, if only Valve were working on a sub project, a sort of project to create a specialised Linux OS designed around gaming. That would certainly help matters.

Really though, your excuse is bull anyway, you want steam OS gaming to fail because you're a Microsoft fan that's all there really is to it.

Javik said,
Yes, if only Valve were working on a sub project, a sort of project to create a specialised Linux OS designed around gaming. That would certainly help matters.

Really though, your excuse is bull anyway, you want steam OS gaming to fail because you're a Microsoft fan that's all there really is to it.

Oh, nice. An OS that has *even less* market share. Steam OS isn't going to fail cause I want it to, it's going to fail because it's an answer in search of a question. It's going to fail because Valve is out of touch with reality.

Javik said,
People here are every bit as juvenile as the Mactards at apple rumours, it's actually sad that people are so happy at the idea of consumers not getting choice

Totally agree with you. People want to complain about the very people they act no better than.

Dot Matrix said,

Oh, nice. An OS that has *even less* market share. Steam OS isn't going to fail cause I want it to, it's going to fail because it's an answer in search of a question. It's going to fail because Valve is out of touch with reality.

On the evidence I've seen the only one out of touch with reality is you.

It is in many way. This is why the Xbox One Instant On feature is enabled in the US by default (it lets you download OS updates in the background so you don't have to wait for updates when you turn on your console; it also lets you say Xbox On). It is disabled in the EU for regulatory issues.

US is more easy going to businesses than is the EU. A LOT more easy going.

Too bad they didn't realize those regulatory issues existed earlier and disable the beta registration for non-US users. I was sure I'd be picked