Steam announces hardware testing plans for this year, hardware specs still unconfirmed

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By on September 26, 2013 at 9:35 am

Following on from the announcement of a Steam operating system on Tuesday, Valve have now revealed that public beta testing of their hardware units will begin this year.

Valve’s announcement confirmed that the company will be working with hardware providers to offer a range of solutions which will launch in 2014, as well as their own hardware.

You can sign up to be a part of the hardware beta test, which will be limited to 300 machines across the world. Instructions on how to get into the list of potential beta testers can be found here.

Valve also confirmed that the Steam hardware would be open and hackable, even allowing you to install other operating systems over the top of it. You will also be able to build your own hardware to run SteamOS if you choose, and the SteamOS (including source code) will be available to download and try out later.

Only one more Steam announcement remains, which we should see sometime early on Saturday morning (AU time).

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Good, I needed another easy badge to pick up on Steam.

 

I wonder what Caitsith01′s going to ramble on about with this one…

 

I love the valve trolling.
“we could just release all this info in the one press release like a normal company or we could set it up to release 3 different pieces of info all about the same project”, because what’s the bet that the third announcement will be a controller of some kind I’m thinking the “steam pad”.
Now why the three dragged out releases ? let’s remind everyone we can count to three but Fsck you Half-life fans you get nothing.

I long ago gave up on another half-life ever getting released but it’s still annoying to watch them mercilessly troll their original fan base. Especially while telling other developers at GDC “you have to respect your fans and communicate with them”
If EA or … Anyone, pulled this shit they’d be crucified.

 

spooler,

I agree, Valve appear to be the king of nothing announcements. Both announcements have been completely vague with almost no solid information besides “Steam OS/Hardware is a thing”.

 

3 announcements.

Half-Life 3 confirmed.

 

+1 Korten haha.

spooler:
it’s still annoying to watch them mercilessly troll their original fan base.

I’m not annoyed at all. Think it’s hilarious :D

 

slazza: 3 announcements.

Half-Life 3 confirmed.

  QUOTE  

^ and this is why it’s annoying so sick of these idiotic comments, like Grand theft auto irrespective of my lack of interest people will not stop making stupid comments seemingly designed to do nothing but troll each other.

elliotengi: I’m not annoyed at all. Think it’s hilarious :D

I think at this point it’s immature and obnoxious the only thing worse than valves attitude towards their fans at the moment is the gaming community itself.

exe3: almost no solid information besides “Steam OS/Hardware is a thing”.

Which unofficially we knew months ago anyway.

 

Well, the next announcement is going to be something about input, so bets are on motion controllers like kinect and that sort of camera based thing being available to use.
First it was a circle, then a circle in a box (OS on your hardware) and finally, if I’m right, the 2 circles in a box will be the 2 cameras used for 3D perception in cameras.

I can’t say I’m particularly fascinated by anything Valve has put out so far, but hey, free opportunity to get some hardware to trial out, I’m game.

 

spooler:
I think at this point it’s immature and obnoxious the only thing worse than valves attitude towards their fans at the moment is the gaming community itself.

So why does it even bother you? It’s not like you are forced to read/buy/care about anything valve.

 

Third announcement will be … Half Life 3 exclusive to….. SteamBox.

 

matty: So why does it even bother you? It’s not like you are forced to read/buy/care about anything valve.

Anything Valve does tends to flood gaming and other tech news sites. Like Miley Cyrus, it’s hard to avoid Valve news and the obnoxious fanboys even if you aren’t looking for it.

 

razorback47: Anything Valve does tends to flood gaming and other tech news sites. Like Miley Cyrus, it’s hard to avoid Valve news and the obnoxious fanboys even if you aren’t looking for it.

^ pretty much this.

 

that’s funny. I haven’t put any special effort into it whatsoever, but I have no idea what miles Cyrus is.

 

korten:
I wonder what Caitsith01′s going to ramble on about with this one…

Yes, how dare I reserve judgement about whether Valve’s vague promises of openness will turn out to be true in light of the fact that their entire business model is the provision of DRM-services. I truly am a crazy person.

 
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