Selected Beta participants will get their Steam Machines along with haptic controllers to test it all out. Valve will start shipping those machines tomorrow.
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Valve wants users’ feedback on its Steam Machine while still testing it. To get better feedback company decided to select 300 beta participants and give them machine with haptic controller to get information on its performance. SteamOS will be available for download on those machines.
Beta participants are all in the US due to what Valve has described as regulatory hurdles which are holding up a worldwide test. While SteamOS will be available to both individuals and equipment manufacturers, the company recommended Linux users not to download the SteamOS until 2014. They will probably announce it will be safe to download operating system.
"We've had to make the difficult decision to limit our beta to the US only, because of regulatory hurdles," read a statement from Valve. "This was not our original plan, and it means we can’t collect beta feedback from Steam customers world-wide, which is pretty unfortunate. All things considered, we’re sure it was the right decision, because the alternative was to delay the whole beta beyond the point when we’d be able to incorporate any feedback into the 2014 products.
"This decision only affects Valve’s 300 prototype units; the commercial versions of Steam Machines that are for sale in 2014 won’t be affected by this. More information on those will be announced at CES on January 6th."
Those 300 lucky users will get their hands on the innovative machine and haptic controllers in a few days, but the rest of the world won’t have to wait long. As statement says, we will find out more in January 2014.
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