Valve Releases Steam OS Beta

December 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend Valve released the beta version of its Steam OS to the public at large. Steam OS is a Debian variant of the Linux operating system, in case you are interested. Valve has warned those that are eager to install the Steam OS on their PCs that the release is meant more for technically savvy users, and not casual fiddlers.

"SteamOS is available for intrepid Linux hackers to try out. At this point the OS itself is not yet a finished product for a non-technical user," Valve said. "Thanks in advance to the three hundred Steam users who are going to spend their time helping us shape the future of Steam in the living room."

For those who think they have the knowledge and understanding of Linux to use this OS, Valve has launched a handy dandy FAQ explaining more details about it here.

On a related note, one of the Steam Machine recipients has begun posting a series of video related to Valve's beta hardware, Steam OS, and the controller. You can check out a teardown video below, or jump to his YouTube channel to check them all out.

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Re: Valve Releases Steam OS Beta

Hi There,

I bet beta testers of this "Steam Machine" are really breaking their NDA's showcasing the hardware and Steam OS on YouTube. The video linked above the YouTube user makes no effort even to cover up his real identity.

Nonetheless watching all 9 videos he's posted of the "Steam Machine" it looks quite interesting. It almost reminds me a bit of the "OnLive" cloud PC & Tablet gaming portal website.

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Re: Valve Releases Steam OS Beta

Why would Valve want to put these testers under NDA? That doesn't make sense. Why would they publicly announce the machine, publicly announce the drawing for Beta testers, publicly announce the delivery of beta machines, then tell the testers they couldn't show off the machines or talk about them? Makes Zero sense.

Re: Valve Releases Steam OS Beta

Hello Zachary,

I took the mindset of how MMO game developers approach a closed beta testing period. They announce such things you mentioned above via the gamer press, but still require NDA's to be adhered to as a legal instrument.

However if i'm mistaken that Valve didn't have an NDA for these beta testers. Than its a sweet deal for the general public and their industry competitors to see what's under the "Steam Machine" hood all the way down to its bare bones.

The "Steam Machine" from Valve is just one of the numerous other video game consoles from the 2nd string of players. "Onlive", released one a couple years ago. "Onyx", based on Linux similar to the "Steam OS" was another one. "Google", a couple months ago mentioned they wanted to pursue a video game console as well.

If i'm mistaken about an NDA for these beta testers i'll be just as happy. Still my opinion is Valve goofed not to require one as they work out the kinks with the software / hardware architecture.

Member of "The Older Gamers" Since 2004.

http://www.theoldergamers.com/

Re: Valve Releases Steam OS Beta

Except what Valve's doing is literally nothing like anyone else. In fact, with their current strategy, they have literally nothing to gain from NDAs.

Steam Machines are literally just pre-built PCs with a special controller and a unique OS... Which is open-source and can be installed on regular PCs anyway. Hell, the actual OS is now downloadable for everyone. The hardware is meant to be created by a whole bunch of hardware vendors, with different setups with varying price points. Valve even said, "hey, you want to modify your Steam Machines in whatever way you think think of? Go nuts!"

Steam Machines aren't meant to be consoles. They're meant to be gaming PCs for the living room, streamlined to provide the convenience of a console, with an open architecture much like the OUYA, except this merely is an extension of an existing platform with roughly 6-7 million people using it at any one time on average.

 
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