Valve Announces SteamOS

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Earlier today, Valve announced SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system that will provide the Steam gaming experience on your television.

“Finally, you don’t have to give up your favorite games, your online friends, and all the Steam features you love just to play on the big screen.”

This is the first of the three announcements expected from Valve this week (you can see the countdown for the next announcement here). SteamOS is a free operating system built around Steam that is specifically tailored for your living room.

“SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.”

According to Valve, they have already attained greater graphics processing power through SteamOS and are currently seeking to achieve improvements in audio performance and input latency. At this time, no other improvements have been enumerated.

“Hundreds of great games are already running natively on SteamOS. Watch for announcements in the coming weeks about all the AAA titles coming natively to SteamOS in 2014.”

Four new Steam features were also briefly mentioned, all of which will be available for both the SteamOS and the Steam client: In-home Streaming, Entertainment (i.e. Music, TV, Movies), Family Sharing and Family Options. The In-home Streaming feature seems completely new, and according to Valve, it will allow you to play all the existing titles you own on separate OSes (e.g. Windows) on the SteamOS by streaming those games through your Steam client.

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Excerpt from SteamOS’s announcement page.

Valve will provide more details within “the coming days.” Undoubtedly, this SteamOS announcement will be connected to the next two that are planned for this week. It is likely there will be a hardware announcement that coincides with this software announcement.

See all the details here.

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  • David

    Honestly i dont see it going anywhere. there’s to many problem with the linux platform for it to be a stable consistent rival to windows. And so long as windows is around people will go with the devil they know rather than the newcomer

    • gamebloggirl

      You make a good point! Regardless, it was a very interesting announcement. We’ll just have to wait and see what Valve announces next.

      • David

        Oh yes very interesting, especially the fact they were able to keep it so quiet. Thing is Valve have enough cash to throw around to solve a lot of the Linux problems. It’s going to be interesting to see how it develops

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