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.