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December 11, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Valve shipping first batch of Steam Machines, SteamOS

Bellevue’s newest computer company is shipping the first batch of its souped-up entertainment PCs on Friday.

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Game giant Valve announced today the release date for the first run of 300 Steam Machine, which are being sent to enthusiasts who will help the company test and refine the system. They’ll come with new controllers designed and built by Bellevue-based Valve.

It’s a humble start, coming on the heels of Microsoft and Sony announcing that they’ve each sold more than 2 million of their Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, respectively.

But Valve will likely gain momentum quickly after established PC makers begin producing and selling Steam Machines next year. Manufacturers and additional details will be announced Jan. 6 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Like the new consoles it will compete against, the Steam Machine is aimed at serious gamers and others looking for a potent machine to run the next generation of games and entertainment services.

Valve also announced that it’s releasing its Linux-based SteamOS on Friday so people can download the software and build their own Steam Machines. But it cautioned that unless you’re an “intrepid Linux hacker,” it’s probably best to wait until a more complete version of the operating system is released next year.

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