Valve Announces SteamOS

Valve announced today they’re releasing a brand new operating system called SteamOS.

SteamOS is a free stand-alone operating system designed for living room machines and in Valve’s words, “combines the rock-solid achitecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen.”

“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.”

Valve also announced four new features for both SteamOS and the current Steam client:

    • StreamingStream all of your Windows and Mac games with your SteamOS machine over your home network straight to your TV.
    • MusicValve is currently working with the many media services to give users access to all their favorite content with Steam and SteamOS.
    • Family SharingThis previously announced service allows users to share their game libraries with friends and family members. Earn achievements and save individual game progress to the Steam Cloud.
    • Family OptionsUser’s can control who see’s what in their Steam libraries.

This is the first of three announcements that Valve has scheduled for this week. All three announcements have to do with bringing the comforts and convenience of Steam to your living room. You can view the announcements on Steam here.

Valve has been teasing the idea of releasing hardware that would compete with next generation consoles for close to a year now. With the Playstation 4 and Xbox One just on the horizon, this could prove to be game-changing for the industry.

Announcement #2 to go live on Wednesday at 1pm Eastern. What do you think it’s going to be?


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