The 300 lucky winners will be getting Steam Machines with Nvidia Titan GPUs and all the high-end specs, alongside the Steam Controller and Steam OS. They will also be getting a new special badge to show they have won, allowing everyone to message and spam the users.
On the subject of Steam OS, the OEM will be available to download on Friday for any user, although Valve explains it is probably worth holding off until 2014 for users running Windows or Linux.
This means Steam OS is more than likely a hard port to grab at the moment and the average gaming scrub will not be able to download the OS without running into problems. Valve has said the start version will be for beta testers and hardware partners looking to implement the OS.
Steam OS is still a big push in the gaming world and if Valve is able to grab a large majority of the Windows PC gamers, it may really downgrade Windows, to the point Microsoft will need to start seriously considering free deals or a new ethic entirely to bring gamers and users back onto their platforms.
We still do not know who the hardware partners will be and what Valve is planning to do when Steam OS becomes readily available for Windows, Mac and Linux users. Will Valve look to entice every PC gamer who runs Steam, the same way Google offers out Chrome when an IE users starts browsing.
It does seem like a big concept and with Valve’s 60 million users it may be the right time to make this platform more than just a simple application. The OS may not draw in as many users, but it will be a better way to experience all that Steam has to offer.