As previously announced, Valve has today revealed their plans for the long-rumored Steam hardware, called Steam Machines it is a new beta program for plans to ship hardware from several manufacturers in 2014, revealing the following on their announcement page:
“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.”
For anyone looking to take part in the beta program will have until October 25th to sign-up for the program, which can be done through the Steam Machines website, however only 300 boxes will be shipped to Steam users, but will be completely free.
The aim of the test would be to find the best option possible for the hardware, allowing them to optimise the hardware ready for when it will ship in 2014.
In the meantime, Valve will be marketing SteamOS.
“In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases.”
Valve will also be making a third announcement on Friday at 1PM EST, so there should be some more exciting stuff coming soon.
Source: Steam Machines