Steam Machines and Controllers to Ship to Testers December 13

Last month, Valve announced that the Steam Machines prototypes will ship with copies of 4A Games’ shooter Metro: Last light.

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Today, Valve announced that it will start shipping its Steam Machines and Steam Controller to testers on December 13.

The selected beta testers were notified today and each will be awarded a “special badge on their Steam Community profile,” indicating that they’re a beta participant.

In addition, a number of games that run natively on SteamOS are being added to each selected user’s library.

Greg Coomer of Valve said,

“We have 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. More information on those will be announced at CES on January 6.”

Let us know if you are one of the luck Beta testers and what you think.