A dozen manufacturers lined up to make Steam Machines
Valve has at least 12 third-party PC manufacturers lined up to make devices based on its SteamOS, according to reports.
Valve released 300 of its own Steam Machines to beta testers just before Christmas, alongside the release of the first beta of SteamOS, the company’s Linux-based operating system for gamers.
Now, the company is set to announce that a dozen third-party OEMs have agreed to build their own Steam Machines, according to a report on Engadget.
The leaked list includes some names that will be familiar to PC Pro readers, including Alienware, CyberPowerPC, Gigabyte and Scan Computers.
Others on the list include Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, Origin PC, Materiel.net and Next, although it’s possible that Valve will announce even more partners when it holds its press conference in Las Vegas later today.
SteamOS is a derivative of the Debian Linux distro, and beta machine builders currently need a dedicated PC on which to install the OS, since it wipes everything that’s installed on the machine upon installation.
The OS is designed to bring a console-like experience to the Steam system, although users won’t be able to play Windows games directly on their Steam Machines. Instead, the company is working on a way of streaming games to a Steam Machine from a Windows PC on the same network.