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Valve to ship Steam Machines and Steam Controller to testers on December 13

Wednesday, 11th December 2013 18:13 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Valve will start shipping its Steam Machines and Steam Controller to testers on December 13.

The machines are due to the leave the factory this Friday, December 13, and ship to the 300 selected beta participants.

Selected beta testers are being notified today and each will also be 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.

“We’ve had to make the difficult decision to limit our beta to the U.S. only, because of regulatory hurdles,” said Valve’s Greg Coomer. “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.”

SteamOS will be made available when the prototype hardware ships and will be downloadable by individual users and commercial OEM. The in-home streaming beta is “to begin soon,” as well according to Coomer.

Valve announced its SteamOS, along with its Steam Machines, and Steam Controller back in September through a series of planned announcements.

During CES 2014 in January, the firm will be announcing its hardware partners for the Steam Machines along with device designs.

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12 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    Very exciting news! I wonder how much the testers will be able to report on the experience…

    MS & Sony will be watching closely! :)

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Panthro

    @1

    Hopefully they aren’t take any notice thinking ‘it wont take off’…

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Delsin Row

    thanks steph.you”re the best :)
    and also i really thank you for the good support of the vgx ;)
    im really looking forward to this.valve is gonna rock
    but i really prefer my ps4 to all of this

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    @3 — <3 <3

    #4 9 months ago
  5. slayer

    lucky bastards

    #5 9 months ago
  6. manamana

    Happy holidays for them <3

    #6 9 months ago
  7. sebastien rivas

    Beware valve. You guys are coming on the market shortly after everyone made their choice for a console, it is going to be more difficult than delivering a baby.

    I am all with you guys, though again be careful how you will introduce yourself to the public. And prep some anti debuking pr and marketting.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. xxJPRACERxx

    I can’t wait to get a Steam Controller!

    #8 9 months ago
  9. OneLifeCycle

    @8 Me either but only because I want to be surprised that I’m wrong and that it is in fact, not completely horrible.

    #9 9 months ago
  10. Francis O

    Microsoft is dead to me now. Valve is focused on gaming, and gaming only. We need another company like this in the console business.

    I’ll be buying one of these Steamboxes day one.

    #10 9 months ago
  11. manamana

    ^ I saved up money for that too. What I just need to know is games catalog. Nothing else matters.

    #11 9 months ago
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    #12 9 months ago

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