"But first, Valve's prototype" Steam Machine.
Hot off of the announcement of Valve's Linux-based Steam OS, comes "Steam Machines," a "powerful new category of living-room hardware" that would seem to finally qualify as the long-rumored Steam Box.
Along the lines of the SteamOS, the idea is to make a living room friendly system that runs Steam, along with its games, that is more than open and more standard than the Windows environment.
While Valve is describing "Steam Machines" as a whole line of entertainment products that are able to stay much more up to date with computer standards than current alternative living room entertainment solutions, Valve first will prototype their own device.
From Valve, "While these products are still in development, we need your help. As always, we believe the best way to ensure that the right products are getting made is to let people try them out and then make changes as we go. We have designed a high-performance prototype that’s optimized for gaming, for the living room, and for Steam. Of course, it’s also completely upgradable and open.
"This year we’re shipping just 300 of these boxes to Steam users, free of charge, for testing. You can make yourself eligible to get one."
The steps to become eligible for the beta, as well as some answers about Valve's Steam Machine can be found at Steam.
Author: Brian Hoss