Perhaps it is the most vague hardware announcement ever, but Valve is doing a good job regardless. Starting in 2014, several manufacturers will produce Steam Machines: living room devices using the Steam OS, based off Linux, and will allow the user to play games, watch videos, and play music — but also having access to existing Steam Windows/Mac game libraries.
As Valve puts it:
Beginning in 2014, there will be multiple SteamOS machines to choose from, made by different manufacturers,” and continues, stating that: “This year we’re shipping just 300 of these boxes to Steam users, free of charge, for testing.”
That’s right. Join a Steam Community quest by October 25th, complete a few of the challenges, and become one of 300 beta testers for a device that almost no one knows its appearances or how it functions.
And, that’s all. Valve has made their second announcement this week, out of three — the third is on Friday at 1PM Eastern. This should be interesting.