The Steam Box lives on as the Steam Machine; beta details revealed
In its second of three big reveals this week, Valve confirmed the existence of the oft-rumoured Steam Box today, calling the device a “Steam Machine”.
Steam Machines will be produced by various manufacturers, but they’ll all run the new SteamOS revealed earlier in the week.
“Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world,” Valve said in their announcement. “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.”
Valve also confirmed that they’ve 300 beta Steam Machines to give out to lucky Steam users for free.
To be eligible for the beta, gamers need to join the Steam Universe community group, agree to the beta program terms and conditions, have at least ten friends on Steam, have a public Steam profile and play any game in Big Picture mode. Your eligibility status can be tracked online via your individual “quest page”. Hopeful beta testers have until 25 October to meet those guidelines.
Valve has promised one more big announcement this week.