Earlier this year, Valve unveiled Steam Machines and its accompanying software, SteamOS, both of which would be Valve’s attempt to enter the living room space and compete with the likes of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo in the console wars. Valve expects the commercial Steam Machines to debut next year, but in the meantime they have announced that they will be shipping prototype Steam Machines to 300 selected beta participants, with the console and its accompanying accessories expected to leave the factory this coming Friday.
Now the good news is that if you weren’t selected to be a beta participant, you might be interested to learn that Valve will also be making the SteamOS available for download for everyone when the prototypes begin shipping out. However Valve cautions that this might not be for the faint hearted, or rather the inexperienced Linux user. “SteamOS will be made available when the prototype hardware ships. It will be downloadable by individual users and commercial OEMs. (But unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already, we’re going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out.)”
Either way if you’re interested in learning more about Valve’s living room efforts with the Steam Machines and SteamOS, Valve has promised that more information will be unveiled at CES come January 6th 2014, so check back with us then for the details.
We know many gamers were disappointed to find out that the Fallout 4 website turned out to be a hoax, and according to its creator, the goal was to force Bethesda’s hand to reveal something official, which unfortunately did not happen. However for Fallout fans, fret not because it does not appear to be the end as new documents sent to Kotaku have suggested that Fallout 4 is indeed in the works and could be set in Boston as it was previously rumored.
The documents sent were from a casting call for a project that was given the “Institute” codename, and while it does not mention Fallout specifically, there are several references made in the script and the location that has led Kotaku to believe that this could be Fallout 4-related, not to mention the casting director has also worked on other Bethesda games in the past, such as Dishonored and Skyrim.
However without Bethesda actually announcing anything, it’s hard to say if this casting call is indeed for a Fallout 4 game. However given the casting call, it would suggest that the game could be in its early stages of development, which could explain why Bethesda has not said anything yet. Either way try not to get your hopes up just yet, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more info.