Here’s How to Get A Chance to Beta Test The Steam Machine

Posted by at 10:39 am on September 25, 2013

Steam MachineValve will ship 300 prototypes of its in-development Steam Machines this year to Steam users for beta testing, the company announced today.

“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,” reads the announcement page. “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.”

To be eligible to participate in the hardware beta, you need to join the Steam University community group and agree to the Steam Hardware Beta Terms and Conditions. Then you have yo add 10 friends on Steam, create a public Steam Community profile and play a game using a gamepad in Big Picture Mode.

Once these steps have been completed, you receive a special badge. The page notes these steps do not have to completed in any specific order, but must be done before Oct. 25. On this date, Valve will lock down the eligibility list. Around 30 users will be chosen to participate in the beta based on their past community contributions and beta participation. The remaining testers will be chosen at random.

“Your help is critical to our design process,” the page states. “Your feedback will shape both the new OS version of Steam and the new category of gaming machines that will run it.”

On Monday the company announced SteamOS, a Linux-based platform and Valve’s first step in bringing gaming into the living room. The operating system, built for “living room machines,” will be free to license for manufacturers and free to download for users. SteamOS will also take advantage of Valve’s Steam Family Sharing program, which was announced earlier this month. Family Sharing allows Steam users to share their library of games with friends and family.

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