Earlier this week Valve Software announced that it was working on a new Linux-based operating system for its digital distribution platform called SteamOS and today the company revealed the custom hardware that will run it. The company announced that it is working with several partners to create hardware that will run the specially designed OS to be released sometime in 2014.
"Beginning in 2014, there will be multiple SteamOS machines to choose from, made by different manufacturers," the company wrote.
Valve didn't provide any details on this new hardware like its technical specifications, what the system would come with in terms or peripherals or cables, or which manufacturers it was working with the create the special hardware...
The company did announce that it will run a beta program later this year for hardware that it has built. The specially designed hardware will be given to 300 beta testers free of charge to test and provide feedback on. More details on the beta can be found here. The deadline is October 25.
Valve will make a third announcement at 10AM PT / 1PM ET on Friday, September 27th.