Valve to ship out Steam Machines on December 13.
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, Valve has announced that the people selected as beta participants will be receiving their Steam Machines and controllers soon.
Said Valve, “The 300 selected beta testers are being notified today (at about 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) that they’ll soon receive Steam hardware and SteamOS for testing. 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. ”
If you were hoping to participate in the beta, but don’t live in the US, you’re unfortunately out of luck. Valve explains, “We’ve had to make the difficult decision to limit our beta to the U.S. only, because of regulatory hurdles. This was not our original plan, and it means we can’t collect beta feedback from Steam customers world-wide, which is pretty unfortunate. All things considered, we’re sure it was the right decision, because the alternative was to delay the whole beta beyond the point when we’d be able to incorporate any feedback into the 2014 products. This decision only affects Valve’s 300 prototype units; the commercial versions of Steam Machines that are for sale in 2014 won’t be affected by this. More information on those will be announced at CES on January 6. ”
When the units ship on December 13, Valve states that the SteamOS will be made available, although they do suggest that you wait until later in 2014 to test the system out, “unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already”.
Did you get selected to participate in the beta? If so, please share your experiences with the system when you receive it so that those considering picking one up when it is released in 2014 will have an idea from a user’s standpoint of how it is.