Valve’s Beta Steam Machines Unboxed, Tested, Taken Apart

Valve shipped its beta Steam Machines in wooden crates that look like they came out of the same secret government vault that houses the lost Ark of the Covenant.

The 300 lucky testers cracked open those boxes this weekend, and thanks to YouTube sharing, the rest of us get to at least see what they experienced.

We’ve got the unboxing up top there, and then once you get the mini, Linux-powered PC running in your living room, here’s what the Steam OS interface looks like:

And what’s a Steam Machine without Team Fortress 2? Below is a Steam Machine gameplay video, which includes a detailed description on how the new Steam controller works:

Finally, it wouldn’t be a full Steam Machine beta weekend if someone didn’t tear their machine down and pull out all the parts. Get a good look at how Valve packed all of its components into the console (with room for a second HDD) below:

These videos definitely get my PC gaming blood pumping. Thanks to all the beta testers who are posting. Looking forward to hearing more from Valve at CES 2014 in January.

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