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Valve announced ‘SteamOS’, a free OS for Living room machines

Gabe said it at last week, and here it is…sort of! Valve finally unveiled Steam OS, an operating system specifically made for living room gaming systems.

In Valve’s SteamOS page which was shown on Monday at 1 PM EST, it read:

“Thousands of games, millions of users. Everything you love about Steam. Available soon as a free operating system designed for the TV and the living room. “

As pointed out in Techland, it seems that the Valve’s OS would most likely be practically nothing more than Steam as the following was the OS’ description:

“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.”

Steam however is based on Linux architecture, and its built keep big screens in mind. It also gives them a platform to add and expand as they see fit.

There are other features, such as in-home streaming, media services, Family Sharing and Family options. This will be interesting to see and the chances of this becoming a loved OS for pure gaming/entertainment living room system, considering that Valve’s Steam has spread across 185 countries and translated into 25 languages, with a very large gaming user base for a long time.

The graphics optimization is something I would really like to know, as the message on the site mentions the following:

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. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases.


Though he actual date for download is not being mention, it would be ‘coming soon’. Its still uncertain if this would require proprietary hardware or depending on the end user.

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