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After annoucing the SteamOS, Valve has also announced the existence of a Steam device custom-tailored for the living room which will run the operating system. Though the announced device is a prototype which won't see store lights or shelves, 300 Steam users will be chosen to test the technologies' viability free-of-charge before production models are released.
Valve has already planned for an array of SteamOS devices of varying specifications and prices that will be available from different manufacturers that are expected release in early 2014.
However, the beta period for Valve's own prototype will take place throughout the winter months with registration for participation closing October 25, 2013. Though touted as high-performance devices optimized for computer games, the Steam client, and the living room; they will be fully upgradable by beta participants
Those that wish to participate in the beta period must meet and complete the following criteria before October 25th for consideration:
1. Join the Steam Universe community group
2. Agree to the Steam Hardware Beta Terms and Conditions
3. Make 10 Steam friends (if you haven't already)
4. Create a public Steam Community profile (if you haven't already)
5. Play a game using a gamepad in Big Picture mode
Fear not for those that don't make the exclusive 300 user cut. Production devices will be available for purchase next year; you will also be able to build your own SteamOS machine for more control over the hardware and therefore performance of your Steam-room experience.