Valve: Steam Box Prototype Coming, Completely Open

Continuing its three-part announcement, Valve today unveiled that it will be unleashing units of its prototype Steam box to 300 beta participants. According to Valve, the company chose to go with a completely open platform, allowing full upgrades to its boxes. This surely means that any particular Steam box will be very much like a PC you know and love today — except that it may just be smaller.

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Valve founder and CEO, Gabe Newell, previously stated that Valve would segment out the Steam box platform into three distinct categories: good, better, and best. From what we can tell, Good would be a small $99 box — although we’re unaware of any $99 platform that’s able to handle some of the more demanding games on Steam. Better would probably hit a price point of $399 to $499 and be competitive with the latest generation of consoles. Lastly, the best category is probably a lot closer to what you’re playing your PC games on today — a full fledged PC.

Seats are filling up fast, so you might want to follow Valve’s guidelines if you want to be slotted into the beta testing group:
THE HARDWARE BETA ELIGIBILITY QUEST:

Before October 25, log in to Steam and then visit your quest page to track your current status towards beta test eligibility

  1. Join the Steam Universe community group
  2. Agree to the Steam Hardware Beta Terms and Conditions
  3. Make 10 Steam friends (if you haven’t already)
  4. Create a public Steam Community profile (if you haven’t already)
  5. Play a game using a gamepad in Big Picture mode

According to the original post:

While these products are still in development, we need your help. As always, we believe the best way to ensure that the right products are getting made is to let people try them out and then make changes as we go. We have designed a high-performance prototype that’s optimized for gaming, for the living room, and for Steam. Of course, it’s also completely upgradable and open.

Earlier this week, Valve made the first part of its announcement, telling the world that it will have its own operating system, called Steam OS, which will be focused on pure gaming, for the living room, and the desktop.< Can Valve possibly take on Microsoft and Windows? That's the question on everyone's minds. Source: Valve

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by Michael Hoang, on September 25, 2013