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Valve Announces Steam Machines

Here it is, Valve’s second piece of news (out of three scheduled for this week) to follow up their announcement of the SteamOS. Valve reveals that they are partnering with several companies in developing hardware they’re naming Steam Machines.

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Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. 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.

But wait, there’s more. Steam Machines, while currently still in development, are scheduled to be released to the public sometime early next year; however, a lucky few will be able to beta test some of the machines this year. Valve is releasing 300 boxes for free to Steam users for testing. Want to make sure you become eligible for testing? All you have to do is add yourself to the list of candidates by filling out the Eligibility Quest on Steam. Easy peasy.

THE HARDWARE BETA ELIGIBILITY QUEST:
Before October 25, log in to Steam and then visit your quest page to track your current status towards beta test eligibility
1. Join the Steam Universe community group
2. Agree to the Steam Hardware Beta Terms and Conditions
3. Make 10 Steam friends (if you haven’t already)
4. Create a public Steam Community profile (if you haven’t already)
5. Play a game using a gamepad in Big Picture mode

For more information on Steam Machines and finding out your eligibility, click here.

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Christina Janke

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Host of Intro to Geek on Shauncastic.com. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Gail Simone, and hopes to be just like them when she grows up.