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SteamOS beta... 300 seems small.

#1FreedomSlavePosted 9/25/2013 1:09:19 PM
http://pixelvolt.com/2013/09/25/steamos-stop-beta-time/

I entered, but I'm not very optimistic. 300 is an awfully low number.
#2PyrotechnixxxPosted 9/25/2013 1:10:27 PM
It's a hardware beta. You can't expect them to give out thousands of free consoles.
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#3SinisterSlayPosted 9/25/2013 1:10:39 PM
I was going to enter, but I didn't want the hassle of shipping this thing around and back if they want it back.
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#4FuRiOuS 198774623Posted 9/25/2013 1:11:23 PM
The beta is for the Steam Machine, not SteamOS, isn't it? It's low because it's a hardware beta. They obviously don't want to make too many of them until they know for sure what's going to work. Hardware isn't as easy to test as software.
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#5AsucaHayashiPosted 9/25/2013 1:13:35 PM
i wonder what happens if the chosen applicants end up destroying or "misplacing" them...
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#6TheFeshPincePosted 9/25/2013 1:15:12 PM
AsucaHayashi posted...
i wonder what happens if the chosen applicants end up destroying or "misplacing" them...


ebay?
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#7Master_BassPosted 9/25/2013 1:36:29 PM(edited)
AsucaHayashi posted...
i wonder what happens if the chosen applicants end up destroying or "misplacing" them...

I don't think Valve really cares.

Hard details on system specs and performance weren’t revealed by Valve. The FAQ does reveal that the SteamOS source code will be free to download, and that the prototype machine will be completely open and customizable, meaning the OS and hardware can be swapped out, and testers are free to “use it to build a robot.”


http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/09/25/valve-announces-steam-machines/?ns_campaign=article-feed&ns_mchannel=ref&ns_source=steam&ns_linkname=0&ns_fee=0
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#8therickmu25Posted 9/25/2013 1:48:11 PM
That awkward feeling when Valve questions why you spent more time downloading torrents than playing games.
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#9arleasPosted 9/25/2013 2:26:13 PM(edited)
From: SinisterSlay | #003
I was going to enter, but I didn't want the hassle of shipping this thing around and back if they want it back.


I believe if you read the fine print on their form it said that they would cover the shipping costs, so likely all you'd do is stuff it into a prepaid mailing box and take it down to the post office (or whatever shipping company they would use).

From: TheFeshPince | #006
AsucaHayashi posted...
i wonder what happens if the chosen applicants end up destroying or "misplacing" them...


ebay?


That's also covered in the "Form" you fill out... You're agreeing you can't resell it since they will eventually want it back to check for why it failed (if it failed)... or whatever tests they want to run...

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#10SinisterSlayPosted 9/25/2013 2:26:50 PM
arleas posted...
From: SinisterSlay | #003
I was going to enter, but I didn't want the hassle of shipping this thing around and back if they want it back.


I believe if you read the fine print on their form it said that they would cover the shipping costs, so likely all you'd do is stuff it into a prepaid mailing box and take it down to the post office (or whatever shipping company they would use).

From: TheFeshPince | #006
AsucaHayashi posted...
i wonder what happens if the chosen applicants end up destroying or "misplacing" them...


ebay?


That's also covered in the "Form" you fill out... You're agreeing you can't resell it since they will eventually want it back to check for why it failed (if it failed)... or whatever tests they want to run...


The fine print also says you have to pay taxes, so if it crosses the border...
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