The lights are on
Valve's second of three announcements this week has been revealed. The first, on Monday, focused on a new SteamOS built on Linux. Today, we're learning more about the hardware.
First and foremost, Valve won't be making these devices in-house. They'll be working with manufacturers to create a variety of different configurations that run on SteamOS. In order to find the right combination to bring to market, Valve is opening up a very small beta group of 300 people. Testers will be allowed to and encouraged to share their experiences. Here's how to become eligible:
Before October 25, log in to Steam and then visit your quest page (requires a Steam login) to track your current status towards beta test eligibility.
Valve states that the beta devices will ship this year, with the final products available for sale in 2014. No hardware specifications have been revealed.
We've been covering the roll-out of these reveals, and the conversation is still evolving. If you're interested in reading more, check out our analysis of the SteamOS announcement, an opinion piece about Steam-focused hardware from Jeff Cork, and reader discussions focused on the operating system and pricing on hardware to support its functionality.
The final announcement will come at 1 PM Eastern on Friday, September 27, 2013.
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I like it.
The little amount of interest I had in these announcements dried up with this one.
I signed up and did all of those badge activities, most of them already done, as fast as I could so that I didn't have to worry about trying to get one of those 300 boxes. I really hope I get one, because my computer is garbage...
I know what I'm doing tonight! Signing up for this beta process.
Not surprised, but was hoping for a little more information.
Still not sure who this is for. The whole thing when this was announced as in development, was that it could be a cheap PC, as a console alternative. Except... It's not cheap. We already know the company who's making these consoles, and they're expensive. As you'd expect from a specialty PC. I think they were running $500-700. Unless they have a huge surprise under wraps, this is going to flop big time.
Let me know when Sony and Valve work out something allows me to install the OS on my PS4. Other than that no thanks, you can keep your steam valve.