BETA Steam Machines Arrive Today

by Mark Smith

The living rooms of a select few gamers are about to get upgraded.  The improvement comes in the form of a Steam Machine prototype which began shipping out Friday and should start to arrive at the homes of 300 lucky BETA testers any minute now.

When the Steam machine prototypes arrive, a peek inside will reveal aGeForce GTX 660, GeForce GTX 760, GeForce GTX 780 or the vaunted GeForce Titan. Not a shocker, considering the GeForce GTX series delivers acoustic characteristics and power efficiency essential for the SteamOS living room game experience.

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Good to go: prototype Steam Machines being prepared (source: Valve).

Because the SteamOS is built around Steam and is a version of Linux, we expect our Linux drivers, which have since been optimized for SteamOS with the aid of Valve’s expert engineers, to shine in the first glimpse of the platform that has the potential to redefine the living room experience.

Big screens, PC games, big fun.