Multiple Steam Boxes are coming next year. Valve today reiterated that it is working with a number of hardware manufacturers to create “Steam Machines,” or game consoles that are designed for the living room and run SteamOS, and that they’ll begin to roll out in 2014. The company confirmed that it’s working on its own “high-performance prototype that’s optimized for gaming, for the living room, and for Steam” too, claiming that its machine will be “completely upgradable and open”.
The announcement echoes statements made by Valve boss Gabe Newell at CES earlier this year. No official photos or technical specs for the forthcoming Steam Machines were given, as Valve is only saying that it will share more details “soon.” The company does note that that its own box will be hackable, capable of running different operating systems, and compatible with a keyboard and mouse, however. It reiterated that other Steam consoles will come with an “array of specifications, price, and performance” capabilities as well.
Valve’s making it clear that it’s still far from finished on its hardware project, and to that end it announced a limited hardware beta for select Steam users. The plan is for Valve to send out 300 working prototypes of its console to users, who will then give the company feedback on what works and what doesn’t. Valve says that the machine it’s sending out “is designed for users who want the most control possible over their hardware,” and it’s opened up a contest for those who’d like to enter the beta program.
More details on that, along with the rest of Valve’s announcement, can be found at the source link below. The company has started a countdown for its next living room-related announcement, which will arrive on Friday.