Steam Machine prototypes shipping this week for 300 lucky beta testers

300 Valve-produced systems and controllers leaving the factory on Friday; participants will be notified today at 2 p.m. PDT.

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If you're lucky, you could be just days away from trying out Valve's new, living room-focused Steam Machine and its new haptic feedback controller. Valve has announced that the 300 selected Steam Machine beta testers will be notified today at around 2 p.m. PDT.

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Prototype Steam Machine units and Steam Controllers will leave the factory on Friday for delivery. All beta testers will also receive a special badge for their Steam Community profile that designates them as a beta participant. On top of that, numerous native Steam OS games will be added to beta testers' libraries.

Though it was not Valve's original plan, due to "regulatory hurdles," the Steam Machine beta test is limited to United States residents only, the company said today.

"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."

This decision only affects the 300 prototype Steam Machine units, not the commercial versions of the systems that will go on sale in 2014. Further details around these systems will be shared during the Consumer Electronics Show on January 6.

In addition, Valve announced today that SteamOS will be available for all Steam users when its hardware ships on Friday. It can be downloaded by individual users and commercial OEMs. Valve also teased that its in-home streaming beta will begin "soon."

Valve's Steam Machine prototype is built from off-the-shelf PC parts and is fully upgradable, meaning users can swap out the GPU, hard drive, CPU, or the motherboard if they want to. Check out the system's specifications below. Pricing for the final version has not been announced.

Numerous third-party Steam Machines will also be available in 2014 from a variety of manufacturers. Last month, iBuyPower showed off its own prototype, which features a multicore AMD CPU and a discrete AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card for $500.

    • GPU: some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660
    • CPU: some boxes with Intel : i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3
    • RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB DDR5 (GPU)
    • Hard drive: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
    • Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
    • Hard Drive: 35GB HD space
    • Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high

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    coltonreading

    So... GG

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    coltonreading

    i am the beta tester for this shit... not kidding

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    rushad_patel

    << LINK REMOVED >> I am the developer for this shit !!!....not kidding .. now bow at my feet

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    Stedmister

    " Beyond gaming, Valve envisions SteamOS being a platform for streaming television and movies, as well as games that are already running on a Windows or << LINK REMOVED >> box."

    From Cnet

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    Halloll

    I feel sorry for the people who get the low end versions, they will feel obligated to test them even though they probably have a better PC.

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    Leefx

    wtf! its just a fkin PC that you plug into a telly lol

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    sviat93

    << LINK REMOVED >> PS4 for example is the same "just a fkin PC that you plug into a telly" but with a different OS and worse graphics, or you think Sony can use anything different than CPU, GPU, HDD, RAM, hybrids of that, etc?

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    Karmazyn

    Ok, I built my own Steam machine and I do not think that I saved any money. So I had a two years old PC which I have recenlty upgraded. Video card (Matrix Platinum R9 280x) cost me £340 + new PSU (850W) £90 + HDMI cable (6M) £6.49 + HDMi to display port convertor £12 + Xbox 360 wired controller £24.99 + RAM upgrade 2 x 8GB £69.00 + new case £49.99. Eveyrhing cost me £592.47. I upgraded my current PC which runs on intel i7 with Asus Evo mainboard. All in all it was quite expensive.

    Anyone that think that building your own PC is cheaper than buying a console is wrong. If Steam box is cheaper than my PC I still think that I can achive more with my PC so I am not bothered that I paid a lot for an upgrade.

    P.S. I would love to test new Steam controller though.

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    Zerofrust

    Oh Praise Be Gaben!

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    Ladiesman17

    I want the controller, NAOOWW!!

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    Gamer_4_Fun

    Just buy the components off shelf and use youtube to make your own. I estimated I saved as much as 200$ this way. My spec, will works for me brilliantly:


    Intel core i5 - 4570

    2TB HDD, 250GB SSD

    8GB RAM - 1600 Mhz

    750 watt Thermaltake gold power supply


    Waiting a bit more so I can up and get the GTX 780 Ti or whatever comes by then.



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    TehUndeadHorror

    << LINK REMOVED >> Approval!

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    meatz666

    << LINK REMOVED >> I wouldn't waste money on a i5. It'll become dated pretty soon, and will need to change both processor and mb in your next upgrade. Go for a low budget i7, so in the future, you might only need to upgrade the cpu.

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    Gamer_4_Fun

    << LINK REMOVED >> Why the MB, my MB supports LGA 1150 socket, compatible with the latest gen i7.

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    Gamer_4_Fun

    << LINK REMOVED >> If you play a great deal of RTS, you will notice slight difference in performance. Otherwise, there is absolutely no reason to spend extra 250$ for 4 more threads. Intel chipsets have much more instructions per clock speed and better power management and it trumps AMD's 8 core chipsets with ease.


    Don't beleive me, just check the benchmarks, i7 will give you 2-3 frames at best, which is absurd for it's mammoth pricing. I suggest spent that extra money on the GPU, i5 won't be the bottleneck.

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    deth420

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>


    I would like to correct, "Intel chipsets have much more instructions per clock speed and better power management and it trumps AMD's 8 core chipsets with ease. "


    While the intels do surpass the amds in a lot of areas, the amd actually fared better in multi core applications, such as zipping, video trans coding, and a couple of other areas where the application actually utilized multiple cores.

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    meatz666

    Why console fanboys come to comment on this? Go comment on more PS4s on Walmart, or Forza review. This is a "we love new technology" article only. Why is so terrible someone going against the Windows monopoly, when it comes to games, huh? What is wrong on defining a low cost gaming OS and config, so PCs are cheaper, and people have more options to game?


    Again: NOT EVERY PRODUCT PRODUCED IS TAILOR-MADE FOR YOU!

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    West123

    Internal 450w 80Plus Gold!!!! how many of your battle station pcs have +700w? its overkill i tell you!!!

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    meatz666

    << LINK REMOVED >> Mine has 800w. TO tell you the truth, 450w sounds low for those graphic cards... Strange...

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    meatz666

    Awesome.

    The lowest setting is superior than "next gen".

    But I don't envy them... My PC is alright.

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    simo_tmm

    US residents only... what a mean sucker punch.

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    vegard1985

    << LINK REMOVED >> Yeah it's BS. I, like countless other non-US residents, signed up for the beta knowing there actually was a (small) chance to get selected. It would have been fine if they just announced it from the start. My PC is better than most of the Steam boxes, but it's the principle. That, and I would have loved to test out the controller.

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    gamingnerd121

    << LINK REMOVED >> Just think about it. US will beta test the product for EU, so it's more stable. :)

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    PS4Lives

    I knew Linus would be one of the earliest lucky gamers to receive this machine and he will not stop speaking ill to the other platforms.

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    obsequies

    @PS4Lives did he get one? cool yeah google keeps sending him their crappy chromebooks

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    PS4Lives

    << LINK REMOVED >> Any big youtubers who keeps saying kill your consoles to buy gamin PC. I hate them .

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    obsequies

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> they can't afford both

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    laurtl

    "Though it was not Valve's original plan, due to "regulatory hurdles," the Steam Machine beta test is limited to United States residents only" gg valve USA masterrace ,european noobs go away, im am dissapointed,,, VERY dissapointed.

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    obsequies

    << LINK REMOVED >> **** the usa stupid homeless bankers

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    waffleiron88

    jelly

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    PS4Lives

    BPLD

    RROD

    YLOD

    and now we have

    "G"LOD

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    Part of me hopes this will work.

    But only in the sense of I hope this shows hardware manufacturers that putting basically a PC into a (quite large) box is actually possible, with heat and power and all the rest of it.

    That way Sony and Microsoft might be more tempted to turn even more into the PC realm next gen and bump the power rating up so it can run graphics cards and CPUs that otherwise wouldn't be able to run at full capacity.

    Might shut Nvidia up a bit then.

    Imagine a console with a Titan that was dedicated to the console and an i7 and a shit tonne of RAM. Sony and Microsoft wouldn't need to upgrade for the next twenty years. I mean it would probably take a while to max out a Titan without optimisation, and then they would have a good number of years optimising all of the game.

    Steam has those things but the games will still be unoptimised and so there is still a good chance they will run like shit. Depending on what phase of the moon it is, I always forget that is a factor. Or yeah and I seem to get iffy results on PC if I wear the wrong underwear. Didn't see that one coming.

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    gamingnerd121

    << LINK REMOVED >> I for one hope it's the opposite. Cheer on Nvidia for rooting the constantly evolving scene. :)


    The next few years is going to be interesting hardware wise. They're speculated to be so far from current gen, but it'll still be held back by it.

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    << LINK REMOVED >> You want Nvidia to keep releasing overly priced graphics cards that have more power than any person on the planet will ever need to play games and forcing game developers to be constantly making games that are unoptimised messes because there are about seven hundred different components making optimisation impossible even if they wanted to?

    All of which runs right back round to people NEEDING to buy top end graphics cards to brute force their way through all of the unoptimised games and Nvidia loving it?

    You do know Nvidia are just a bunch of money grabbing thieves right?

    They know that PC games are badly made but they don't care as long as people keep throwing money their way. In that regard I place them on the same level as EA. If not above them.

    And all so PC can play pretty much the same catalogue of games as on console. Except real time strategy and Indies that is.

    The only reason I go anywhere near PC is because Steam is dirt cheap.

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    West123

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> well if game developers see an increase in pc players the games will get bigger...not better just bigger...im thinking of how many games have pushed hardware...crysis 1 and bf3/4 so the pc sourly needs more devs on its side

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    meatz666

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Check the number of The Sims sold, and concurrent players in WoW and LoL... Relax, there's a big market.

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    PS4Lives

    << LINK REMOVED >> Imagine many rich gamers.