It wasn't too long ago when Valve unveiled its Linux-based SteamOS and Steam Machines. Both are designed to make gaming more accessible in the living room, as well as introduce more people to the joys of PC gaming. At the time, Valve didn't say when exactly we could get our hands on these products, but now we know: SteamOS arrives tomorrow. The Steam Machine and Controller prototypes are also heading out tomorrow to the 300 lucky beta testers, who should already have received their confirmation email letting them know they were selected. These prototypes are high-end systems, however there will be a range of setups for any number of budgets.
Regarding SteamOS' impending arrival, Valve is warning that despite it launching tomorrow, "unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already, we’re going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out." So, it kind of sounds like the initial launch of SteamOS is an early version, probably with some manual compiling required. None of the Steam Controllers will be available outside of the ones for the 300 Steam Machines beta testers, so the full experience will be a bit limited. In any case, SteamOS is nearly here, as are the Steam Machine prototypes. Full specifications of the Steam Machines will be revealed during a CES press conference on January 6, so be sure to tune in for that!
Source: Steam Community