Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Valve announces Steam Machines

Valve has dropped a bomb on the gaming industry once again.  Get more details on hardware with SteamOS inside.

Oh snap.

Today (Sept. 25) Valve officially announced Steam Machines that will utilize SteamOS. This comes two days after the company announced their modified version of Linux meant to bring the gaming PC experience to the living room. The hardware will be produced by a slew of different manufacturers and will be available in 2014.

Valve is also running a hardware beta program to get feedback on how the hardware runs with the operating system. Only 300 Steam users will be able to participate. You can view more details on that by clicking on "officially announced" above.

It'll be interesting to see if any popular developers on the fighting game front will release some titles playable on SteamOS. With Ultra Street Fighter IV taking advantage of Steamworks, it wouldn't be surprising to see it being played on Steam Machines.

Pre-built hardware isn't the only way to play games on SteamOS. When the operating system becomes available, you can use it for your own gaming PC build.