Valve Software, the makers of Halflife and Left4Dead, have announced that Steam OS will be available for public download on December 13. That’s the day when the company will start shipping the Steam Machines and Steam Controllers to the 300 selected beta participants.
The company has informed the 300 selected beta testers today that they will soon get Steam hardware and SteamOS for testing. The company is rewarding these early adopters with a special badge on their Steam Community profile. In addition, a number of games that run natively on SteamOS are being added to each selected user’s library.
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Here is the best part for those who are not among those lucky 300 users. The company said,
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.) We’ll post info soon about that. Oh, and stay tuned for the in-home streaming beta to begin soon, too!
Valve will be making a grand appearance of Steam Machine and it’s controller at CES 2014.