Line of Steam Machine living room PCs coming next year

Valve is partnering with hardware manufacturers to bring a range of Steam Machines into your living room, but first it wants you to beta test its own design. The company spelled out its long-awaited Steam hardware initiative on its website today:

"Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. 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."

Before then, Valve will send 300 of its own kits to users in the wild. Valvedidn't reveal their specifications, but the company did say users will be able to beta test "hundreds" of games running natively on the new operating system, stream the rest of the library from home PCs, and discuss their experiences freely with no non-disclosure agreements.

The prototypes will begin shipping out this year, but only to those who complete the Hardware Beta Eligibility Quest: join the official group, agree to the terms and conditions, get at least 10 Steam friends, open a public profile, and play a game with a gamepad in Big Picture Mode.

What about a controller? The machines are usable with mouse and keyboard, but Valve says it will "have some more to say very soon on the topic of input." We wouldn't be surprised if Steam Certified Controllers of some kind are the final Steam Universe announcement planned for Friday.


  • larkan - September 26, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    Hundreds of games will probably equate to the hundreds of indie voxel 8 bit roguelikes that get spewed out every day that can play on a laptop from 2001.
  • brickman409 - September 25, 2013 8:54 p.m.

    I knew it!
  • Swedish_Chef - September 25, 2013 5:10 p.m.

    HELL. YES!
  • GOD - September 25, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    The third reveal will be a Steam controller in the shape of a crowbar.
  • rainn'sgaydar - September 25, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    Is this still what we thought it was? The details are quite vague, and I lack the knowledges.
  • slimjim441 - September 25, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    So, this is reveal number 2. To be expected. I wonder what's in store for reveal number 3... But wait! Valve can't count to 3, which means the third reveal won't actually be a third reveal, but in fact, a second part to the second reveal!
  • red-herring-mcguffin - September 25, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    the third reveal will be pushed back to 2025.
  • brickman409 - September 25, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    these things, they take time.

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