On December 13th, Valve will begin shipping prototype Steam Machines to 300 gamers for beta testing. The rest of us get SteamOS as a free download the same day, but with a catch. As Steam’s parent company, Valve put it: “Unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already, we’re going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out”.
Sounds like a challenge to be accepted by a few thousand individuals. Valve will speak more about the Steam Machines during CES, in January. Till then, the 300 lucky testers will be alerted of their good fortune by 5PM, on the 12th.