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SteamOS – Valve Bringing Linux Into Living Rooms


Valve today announced their own operating system based on the Linux architecture and their own Steam platform. Essentially, it is a free operating system for computers, which both regular users and machine manufacturers will be able to license and use. This was the first out of three announcements Valve has planned for this week.

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"As we?ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we?ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. 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", Valve notes on the SteamOS page

Company plans on focusing on the living room with four new Steam features that both Steam client and SteamOS will use soon. In-home Streaming is something similar to what we’ve seen with Nvidia Shield console – a possibility to stream content (games) through the existing computer (be it Windows or Mac) onto SteamOS machine. Music, TV, Movies is about Valve working with various content providers, as well as Family Sharing and Family Options that were recently announced

Valve also announced that some game developers were already working on the principle "SteamOS first", and that they are taking advantage of improvements the company has achieved with graphics processing: "In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we?re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level", the company notes on their web. With two more announcements left, it seems Gabe Newell was serious with "Linux gaming" thoughts. Question is – will this sort of push be enough for success?