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Steam Machines to Start Shipping This Month

The very first Steam Machines will be shipped on December 13, but only to US users

Valve has finally announced the date for the very first 300 Steam Machines to be shipped to lucky users, process which will be starting this Friday, December 13.

The Steam Machines will be shipped along with the Steam Controllers so users will be able to start playing their favorite games right after they get it at home with Valve’s brand new operating system the SteamOS.

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If you’re part of the “lucky 300″ then you’ll be notified by Valve today, at around 2:00pm Pacific Time. At the same time, these users will be awarded with an exclusive badge that shows how they are the very first users to experience how it is to play in Valve’s very first hardware piece, the Steam Machines.

In these consoles, Valve is also loading “a number of games that run natively on SteamOS”, meaning that, even if the lucky users didn’t have these games in their Steam libraries, they’ll be able to play/test these games in this brand new gaming-dedicated operating system.

When it comes to the bad news on this launch, it is quite unfortunate for us non-US citizens that Valve had to limit the beta testing of these machines to the US only.

"We’ve had to make the difficult decision to limit our beta to the U.S. only, because of regulatory hurdles. This was not our original plan, and it means we can’t collect beta feedback from Steam customers world-wide, which is pretty unfortunate”

- Statement from Valve

It has also been stated that more information about the commercial stage of the Steam Machines will be given at CES, on January 6, 2014.

Were you selected between the lucky 300 users? If you did, please let us know in the comments below as we’d love to hear your feedback on the Steam Machines.

Published Dec. 11th 2013
  • Ashley SSS
    Associate Editor
    Do want.
  • JohnHeatz
    Featured Correspondent
    Who wouldn't?! As I mentioned, I would've loved to review one of these things...unfortunately that won't be possible...but I can't wait to read some reviews of the system
  • Miranda Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    Fingers are crossed! It's a long shot to get one but I can't wait to see some of the reviews that will shortly follow!
  • JohnHeatz
    Featured Correspondent
    I was hoping to get one of these in order to review them, but as participants got narrowed to US only....
  • Miranda Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    awh :( I didn't know that! I'm betting that most of the gaming sites and news places--to gain publicity--and people from them will be getting the tests. I doubt a lot of regular gamers will get it.
  • JohnHeatz
    Featured Correspondent
    I actually have the same mindset in regards to publicity as you...for smaller sites (for example, mine) it is a huge let down as big sites get all the attention -as usual-...
  • Caden Moniz
    Featured Correspondent
    I really wish that I could have one of those. I would kill to try out SteamOS!
  • JohnHeatz
    Featured Correspondent
    The SteamOS will become available to public the same day (if I'm not mistaken) but it isn't recommended to use it until next year
  • Ryan Kerns
    Featured Columnist
    Friday the 13th eh? DUN DUN DUUUUN
  • JohnHeatz
    Featured Correspondent
    I totally missed the fact that it is Friday the 13th!!! :O

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