Steam Music announced, beta starting soon

Steam Machines are taking a big step towards turning the popular gaming platform into an all-in-one set-top box, and Valve has announced a new beta feature that will further those goals. Steam Music will be hitting both Big Picture and SteamOS interfaces as a beta, letting you listen to your music collection while playing games.

An official announcement made on the Steam Music group outlines the features. With Steam Music, you can listen to music directly through the interface, and your Steam Library will include Album and Artist views. You can manage your play queue, access the music player through your guide, and manage your playlist through the Steam overlay while in a game.

The beta is only planned for SteamOS and Big Picture at first, but Valve promises that a desktop version will be coming soon as well. If you're interested in participating in the beta, join the Steam Music community to signal your interest.