A couple days ago, we broke news that Valve was planning a Linux-based OS dubbed SteamOS, which would take all of the popular components of Steam, and put it on your living room television. Today, they’ve announced Steam Machines, which used to be called “Steambox”.
The concept is simple: Steam Machines will be labeled as a living room console directed to play PC games using SteamOS. There will be multiple versions of Steam Machines that span multiple manufacturers. Just like how Microsoft has released its own conceptual design on “PC-powerful” tablets, Valve will be releasing its own version of its Steam Machines and other manufacturers will be allowed to build their own types.
As for hardware specifications, there are none, yet. Pretty soon, Steam Machines will go into the beta testing phase, although only 300 beta testers will be able to experience the new console firsthand. Keyboard and mouse inputs have also been said to be possible, so we may be seeing an actual dedicated controller for the Steam Machines soon.
2 announcements done, 1 more to go…