Earlier today, Valve officially announced that it had decided who are the lucky 300 beta testers. The 300 testers will be fortunate enough to experience the company’s new living room-focused, Steam Machine. The company also announced that it would be shipping the machines on December 13th
While, the Steam Machine prototype units and Steam Controllers are due to leave the factory for delivery on Friday, the good news for the selected 300 testers doesn’t end here. The company added that the chosen users will be awarded a “special badge” on their Steam Community profile so as to indicate that they are the beta testing participants. Apart from the cool badges designating them as beta participants, a number of Steam operating system games are likely to be added into the participant’s library.
The lucky 300 participants are yet to be notified by the company. Valve has mentioned in its post that it’s likely to notify its users at about 2pm Pacific Time, today.
On what basis were the 300 participants chosen is unknown, however, the requirements were simple enough. The prospective tester to join the Steam Universe community page and all that he or she had to do was, agree with the beta terms, have a minimum of 10 people in the friend list and play a game in Big Picture Mode, having set his or her Steam profile public.
Although, it wasn’t Valve’s original plan, due to certain legal issues, the participation was made limited to people living in the US only. In its official website, Steam said, “It means we can’t collect beta feedback from Steam customers worldwide, which is pretty unfortunate,” Valve said. “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.”
However, Steam ensures that the decision is effective only to the 300 Steam Machine prototypes and won’t affect the commercial versions of the system. The commercial variants are likely to go on sale next year. The post added that more information regarding the systems would be revealed on January 6th, 2014 during the Consumer Electronics Show.
Further, the multiplayer and communication platform informed that both individual users and commercial OEMs will be available to download the SteamOS once the prototype ships, on Friday.
While a month ago, iBuy had announced its intention of making a Steam Machine PC, Digital Storm, on the other hand, announced earlier today that it’s however planning to design a Windows-SteamOS PC. This is only the beginning. Plenty third-party Steam Machines are expected to be announced for the coming year, by various manufacturers.