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Steam is contacting the 300 selected beta testers to start keeping an eye out for a delivery truck. That’s right, they’re shipping out Steam Machines and controllers to the testers tomorrow. But none of us need to frantically check our emails.

In an announcement on the Steam community page, then explain that selected users will also get a special badge on their Steam Community page, as well as a number of games that run natively on SteamOS (aka, Linux games). However, due to regulatory issues, Valve is unable to beta test outside of the US of A:

We’ve had to make the difficult decision to limit our beta to the U.S. only, because of regulatory hurdles. 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.

That’s right, despite allowing international people to enter into the Beta program, Steam can only actually send those based in America their Steam Machines and Controllers. So unfair, but understandable. I was wondering how they were going to get around power supply issues, as well as localization problems. I suppose the rest of us will just have to wait until next year to check out those vibrating touch pads.

Last Updated: December 12, 2013

118 Comments

  1. Devourer of Small Bunnies

    December 12, 2013 at 10:12

    I really imagined it to be much smaller. Those look like the size of those odd little HP machines they use in corporates all over. The vacation coming Im gonna build me my ITX rig, would love to bench and compare.

    Then again, I also signed up to test, who knows, maybe Im lucky? (Read: More lucky than you)

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    • Admiral Chief of pixels

      December 12, 2013 at 10:13

      Can’t wait to get my hands on the controller!

      Reply

    • ElimiNathan

      December 12, 2013 at 10:15

      Have you seen the size of a graphics card these days ?

      Reply

      • Devourer of Small Bunnies

        December 12, 2013 at 10:19

        I have indeed, but if they can fit a 770 on a 23cm board, I cant see why it needs to be so big. Guess it future proofs it somewhat for upgrades, but my point is, its not the only potion they had. Perhaps they have other intentions or restrictions. Cant say, so its all pretty much speculation honestly

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        • ElimiNathan

          December 12, 2013 at 10:21

          Ye one of the build options is a Titan

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  2. Admiral Chief of pixels

    December 12, 2013 at 10:12

    Wonder when mine is coming πŸ™‚

    Reply

    • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

      December 12, 2013 at 10:29

      Same time I’m coming to visit.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        December 12, 2013 at 10:30

        Remember the biltong

        Reply

        • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

          December 12, 2013 at 10:30

          A visit is not a visit without biltong. πŸ™‚

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:31

            Id settle for a burger king burger.

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:31

            They’re not that great. I’ve had a few times now. There are much better burgers out there.
            Also, I’d chose biltong over a burger.

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 10:32

            Last 4 Steers burgers I had were all excellent

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:32

            Better than macdonalds and steers?

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:34

            Not better than Steers, but way better than those chew toys at McDonalds they call burgers. I live literally 1.5k’s from a Burger King, McDonalds and Steers. Always choose Steers.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:38

            Steers flame grilled indeed does taste better!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:32

            I still need to try that. Maybe Saturday.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:32

            You live in CT and you don’t try it… you sir are a strange one!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:35

            I keep forgetting about it. Which is funny because there’s one at Tygervalley, where I go practically every week.

            I also don’t go to the beach because it’s a hassle to drive 30/40 min. And I LIKE the beach lol.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:36

            DUDE!! you need friends like me then! lol only in CT Go to the beach and get plastered hahahaha watch the waves the sun, the babes!

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:37

            All the things you don’t have up there in Gauteng. Trololo

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:38

            OH SHUTUP!

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 10:39

            Actually just not waves and beach, the rest we have in abundance

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:40

            Sure sure. I believe you.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:41

            I seen the babes in CT in Canal walk was like spot the ugly chick… swear its models in whole mall practically!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:59

            I’d agree with that, Canal Walk does have the best overall scenery.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:47

            They have the dam though. And isn’t there a wave park lol.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:48

            or an aquarium…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:49

            In CT we call that the ocean. But we have an indoor one too. πŸ˜‰

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:50

            I think I would struggle to live in Ct though, every time I hear the coloured accent think I am about to be robbed and stabbed.. Rough times we be having in Jozi rough times!

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:37

            You’re at Tygervalley nearly every week? O_o. I’ll look out for you. Where do you go?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:37

            STALKER ALERT!! WARNING WARNING!! KEEP A LOOK OUT FOR EYELINER WEARING MAN…

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:40

            My sneak level is at 70 now. He won’t notice me until I’m right next to him. And if there’s a bit of shade there, he probably still won’t be able to see me.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:42

            You only sneak level 5 with ole Trevor you covered and then some!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:43

            I’m not worried, I’m short, so he won’t spot me in a crowd. It’s like those corn fields in horror movies, where all you see is a gap in the field caused by movement.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:44

            He will find you… there is only ONE TRevor like you!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:46

            I am a unique snowflake.

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:49

            “You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying
            organic matter as everyone else, and we are all a part of the same
            compost pile.”

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 10:49

            LOL, beat me to that one

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 10:50

            YOU ARE THE ALL SINGING ALL DANCING CRAP OF THE WORLD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:50

            lol. Fight Club FTW!

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:51

            If you haven’t read the book. Get it. Ending is ten times better than that of the movie.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:52

            I do have it, but I don’t only have a Steam backlog πŸ˜€

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:54

            Too true. I’m fighting the good Backlog fight myself and taking three months to read a single book.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:53

            I loved the ending of the movie. All the buildings falling & they’re playing Where is my mind by The Pixies, which is my favourite song.

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:54

            The song doesn’t play in the book, sorry to say.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:54

            I hate it when they don’t update the audio codecs in books.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:51

            you in fight club!!! HAHAHAHA LMAO!

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:51

            Careful now. We bring old fish to the fight.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:52

            ewww.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 11:12

            I can’t talk about it.

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 11:14

            Hey, you can’t talk about it!

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 10:49

            Like that one Hitman mission!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:51

            lol yes. That mission was so easy with the corn field to hide in. Sneaking up on someone was zero challenge.

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 10:59

            Ah, but completing it the way you “should” was much more challenging

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 11:04

            I was annoyed after that whole mission because I got through all the levels making up the mission without being spotted & it didn’t give me the achievement.

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 11:09

            Yeah, I hear ya, every time I was spotted, I proceed to kill everything, and start the process again

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:52

            That mission I felt like a horror movie!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:44

            not to Burger King thats for sure!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:46

            All over the place, woolies & pnp for the grocery shopping, I’ll also pop into bt games or exclusive books usually. And zoe’s makes a mean breakfast πŸ˜‰

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:47

            WAIT FOR HIM JOHN!! get your broken bottle READY!!

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:48

            We don’t fight with broken bottles down here in the Republic of Cape Town. We’re civilized. We smack each other with old fish.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:48

            While shouting “jou ma se pap snoek!”

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 10:49

            OLD FISH

            LOL

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:49

            Then take it home and put it on the braai! damn I miss the coast! snoek or yellow tail on the braai, now that is LEKKER!

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:47

            They do hey.
            That new exclusive books is awesome.

            Since the battle bunker is there I tend to get drawn in there unintentionally.

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 10:31

            Amen

  3. That Tall Twit Norm

    December 12, 2013 at 10:17

    Will still get here ahead of the XBone.

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    • Hammersteyn

      December 12, 2013 at 10:19

      Sad but true

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        December 12, 2013 at 10:21

        LOOOL

        So if you had to choose Deon, which would it be?

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        • Hammersteyn

          December 12, 2013 at 10:31

          Steam or PS4? Ive loved PS from the first time I saw the PS1 turned on. But if I ever were to buy a second console it would be a Steam before anything else.

          Reply

  4. TiMsTeR1033

    December 12, 2013 at 10:30

    hmmm some interesting flavours it comes in… (Power supply still of concern though)

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770, i5-4570, and i3

    Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan, GTX 780, GTX 760, and GTX 660

    Graphics card RAM: 3 GB GDDR5

    Main RAM: 16 GB DDR3-1600

    Hard drive: 1 TB storage/8 GB SSD cache hybrid drive

    Power: 450 W power supply

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      December 12, 2013 at 10:31

      the controller vibrates AND is flavored? πŸ˜›

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        December 12, 2013 at 10:32

        OI!!!

        I CALL 9/10!!!

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          December 12, 2013 at 10:33

          I call B B B B ULL SHIT!

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 10:36

            No man, 9/10 is an inside joke between me and Zoe

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            December 12, 2013 at 10:37

            “inside joke” eh? πŸ˜›

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 10:39

            Heh, indeed πŸ˜›

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:49

            oh my

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        December 12, 2013 at 10:33

        Yes, but it needs external power. So not really that useful for someone on the go, so to speak. *innocent look*

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    • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

      December 12, 2013 at 10:36

      Hey. One of those configurations is almost exactly my pc. Except a better PSU and bigger HDD.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        December 12, 2013 at 10:36

        Pah, NVidia filth πŸ˜›

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        • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

          December 12, 2013 at 10:38

          Sorry. You had to find out sometime.

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          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 10:38

            *sighs*

            I had such hopes for you

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:40

            *shun*

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:42

            To be fair though. I gave an electronic engineer friend of mine a budget and asked him to build me a pc, so I didn’t choose it myself.

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 10:48

            doubleshun!

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:53

            I know! I should’ve done it myself. But I was really busy and very desperate. My old motherboard had given up the ghost and I wanted a new pc by the weekend. Was also long overdue.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:53

            excuses….

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 11:00

            Eish dude, eish

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:53

            So you did not even build yourself!! DUDE!! I am a console peasant and I am ashamed!

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 10:54

            I’m not proud of it, okay?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 10:59

            dude I am just playing.. I cant even build a pc anymore!

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 11:00

            12th of Dec 2013 will be remembered as confession bear John-Fail

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 11:02

            SHAME ON YOU! he feels bad… Dont make John mess up his eyeliner now!

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 11:02

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 11:03

            don’t feel bad JJ I am sure you can build a pc..

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 11:05

            I still had to put it together. So I’ve got that going for me.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 11:06

            perhaps you are more console gamer than you think…. never too late to embrace us JJ…. join the Dark side… we are many we are legion!

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 11:07

            No

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 11:09

            If you join them, you are dead to me

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 11:11

            Never. I’d rather be put in a concentration camp (which is kind of the same thing) than switch to console. I at least have some pride.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 12, 2013 at 11:14

            Pride….pah!

          • LesMossel

            December 12, 2013 at 12:14

            YOu should change your nick to JJ’s horrible secret

          • JJ's horrible secret (John)

            December 12, 2013 at 12:16

            It be happening.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 10:58

            I don’t want to be fair, that’s boring. I want to be judgmental. YOU ARE FOUND WANTING!

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            December 12, 2013 at 11:01

            This should suit you then…

  5. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    December 12, 2013 at 10:57

    Figured as much… Which is why I didn’t enter.

    Still excited to watch some first time setup and game vids on YT.

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  6. LesMossel

    December 12, 2013 at 12:12

    Question: If I install SteamOS onto my current rig and get a Steamroller, does that make my pc a Steam machine?

    Reply

    • JJ's horrible secret (John)

      December 12, 2013 at 12:16

      Just need to decorate your box a bit and it should be about the same.

      Reply

      • LesMossel

        December 12, 2013 at 12:20

        Sweet! Cant wait to get rid of this Windows filth. That is…if I can install iTunes on SteamOS.

        Reply

        • JJ's horrible secret (John)

          December 12, 2013 at 12:21

          I’m more worried about my older games not working anymore.

          Reply

          • LesMossel

            December 12, 2013 at 12:23

            That’s also true, will have to wait and see.

  7. Darren Peach

    December 16, 2013 at 14:23

    I sense a local failure to penetrate the SA market. Dunno, Maybe the Bandwidth has something to do with it.

    Reply

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