The dreams of many finally becoming reality. Oh, sorry, I wasn't talking about Half-Life 3.
By Alex Walker on December 12, 2013 at 8:14 am
The Steam Machine production line is in full swing. No, really it is. If you don’t believe me, then perhaps you should check out the latest announcement on the Steam Universe page, since they’ve got photos of everything in production. It’s really quite scary. I remember people in tears because they thought Half-Life 2 wasn’t going to be released when Steam launched, such was their disdain for the distribution system at the time. Now look at Valve go; they’re making hardware and everything. It’s really bloody impressive.
According to the announcement, the 300 beta testers will or will have just been notified about their upcoming shipment of a Steam Machine and SteamOS to boot. “Each selected user is also being awarded a special badge on their Steam Community profile, indicating that they’re a beta participant. In addition, a number of games that run natively on SteamOS are being added to each selected user’s library.”
“We’ve had to make the difficult decision to limit our beta to the U.S. only, because of regulatory hurdles. This was not our original plan, and it means we can’t collect beta feedback from Steam customers world-wide, which is pretty unfortunate. 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,” the blog adds.
Valve adds that SteamOS “will be made available when the prototype hardware ships”, although it recommends non-Linux gods steer clear until next year, at which point it’ll presumably be more user-friendly. Exciting days in the Castle of Gabe, it seems.