Hello Linux Geeksters. At the beginning of October, Valve has announced that 300 beta units of the Steam Machines will be sent to some lucky gamers, to enable them to perform some tests (play hard) and send feedback.
Yesterday, Valve has announced that the first 300 beta units of the Steam Machines are shipping in the USA, starting with the 13th of 2013. Also, the first SteamOS images will be released tomorrow, being available for both third party geeks and commercial OEMs.
From Valve’s official announcement:
“SteamOS will be made available when the prototype hardware ships. It will be downloadable by individual users and commercial OEMs. (But unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already, we’re going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out,”
For those who don’t know yet, Valve, now a member of The Linux Foundation, has initiated some ambitions projects: the SteamOS, a Linux operating system optimized for gaming, the Steam Machine, a gaming colsole that will run with SteamOS and the Steam Controller, a game controller specially designed for SteamOS and the Steam Machine. A demo video of the Steam Controller can be found here. Also, iBuyPower, a third party manufacturer will release the first non-Valve Steam Machines running with AMD hardware, while Piixl is working with Valve at creating Jetpack, a gaming computer released with SteamOS as default.
Also worth mentioning is that SteamOS will not be based on Ubuntu, but a custom made Linux system and it will not provide the basic functions of a normal OS, since it won’t have a file manager or a image view aplication. However, it will most likely have support for streaming video services, like Netflix or Hulu Plus, since Valve has announced that the most popular and loved TV shows, music videos and other video media will be available via Steam and SteamOS.