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Valve Software, a game developer and the owner of Steam video game distribution service, has announced its own operating system that is specifically designed with video games and Steam in mind. SteamOS features a number of capabilities not available on other platforms, including improved performance of graphics processing, in-home streaming and a number of other technologies.

“As we have been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we have 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,” a statement by Valve Software reads.

Valve’s SteamOS, running on any living room machine, will provide access to games and user-generated content available. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines. SteamOS-based PCs can stream video games over a home network straight to a TV. Family sharing allows gamers to take turns playing one another’s games while earning own Steam achievements and saving individual game progress to the Steam cloud. Eventually, SteamOS will also gain compatibility with music, TV and video distribution services.

In SteamOS, Valve has achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and is 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, according to the company.

Thanks to “openness” of SteamOS, hardware industry can iterate in the living room at a much faster pace than they’ve been able to. Content creators can connect directly to their customers. Users can alter or replace any part of the software or hardware they want. Gamers are empowered to join in the creation of the games they love. SteamOS will continue to evolve, but will remain an environment designed to foster these kinds of innovation.

Tags: Valve, SteamOS, Steam Box, Linux

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Is it really possible to be so lazy that you can't even use the image directly from the SteamOS webpage that everyone else on the Internet posted 12+ hours ago? Furthermore, you didn't even post a link to the webpage: http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/
0 0 [Posted by: mmstick  | Date: 09/24/13 07:26:25 PM]
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Best things about the official release:

1) They still have nearly unplayable input lag.

2) They require programmers to have an intimate knowledge of OpenGL 4 to the metal implementations and the effects on other system components.

3) No drivers for 99% of gaming related tools yet.

This OS will fall apart faster than you can say combobreaker unless they force feed it down unsuspecting customers.
1 1 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 09/25/13 04:43:05 AM]
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Best thing about your comment is you quite clearly have no idea what you are talking about.... I play games on Linux quite fine, even Windows games.
0 1 [Posted by: mmstick  | Date: 09/25/13 10:41:36 AM]
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Come back to me when you can run Battlefield 3 and Civ5 and actually join multiplayer with updates/dlc/expansions.

On top of that, the drivers for a lot of the tools (keyboard, mouse, etc) I use are limited to basic functions in Linux. Developers will have to spend time and money developing specifically for linux to make up for the hit that comes with simply translating to opengl (one of the reasons sony is so adamant about to-the-metal)
1 1 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 09/25/13 08:02:47 PM]
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Come back when you actually know what you are talking about so you don't make a fool of yourself. The ridiculous amount of obvious bias in your comments are a dead give-away that you don't have anything valuable to add in a discussion regarding this topic. This isn't a playpen for children.
0 2 [Posted by: mmstick  | Date: 09/25/13 08:42:37 PM]
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With the number of organizations and end users looking for an O/S other than Windows surely says that something is very wrong with the existing O/S. Once the user base increases so will the comparability of other O/S's and then there will be a mass migration to a newer more user friendly environment.
1 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 09/25/13 07:55:36 AM]
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