Valve has today announced that it will be making Steam OS available to download for everyone on December 13th, shipping the Steam Machines prototypes to their 300 beta testers on the same day. “The time has come! We are ready to begin shipping Steam Machines and Steam Controllers to the 300 selected beta participants,” wrote Valve in a community blog post. “SteamOS will be made available when the prototype hardware ships. It will be downloadable by individual users and commercial OEMs.”
Valve has however recommended that gamers wait to download the system, “unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already, we’re going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out.”
The Steam OS system has been built around the Steam platform, using a Linux architecture it will be available completely free from December 13th.