Valve Announces Linux-Based Living Room Operating System: SteamOS

The first of Valve's anticipated three announcements has been revealed: SteamOS.

SteamOS is a linux-based operating system built around Steam and its big screen mode. The main difference between SteamOS and other Linux distributions is that it is tailored for living room use.

"we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself," announced Valve. "SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen."

SteamOS will be available soon as a "free stand-alone operating system for living room machines."

Valve is expected to announce Steam Box, a console-like PC running SteamOS, but the company has no plans to tie the new operating system to its hardware. In fact, Valve founder Gabe Newell promised that users will be able to alter their hardware anyway they like.

Valve asserted that SteamOS is heavily optimized for gaming. "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," they explained. "Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases."

According to the company, "hundreds" of games already work natively on SteamOS and several triple-A titles will be announced soon.

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Step in the right direction

To those wondering, this cannot replace your windows machine. It is still a linux box and only **** that runs on linux can run on it. It is a step in the right direction, though, encouraging the community to work for a more cross platform gaming world.

That's one of the first

That's one of the first things I thought but no, I don't think so. There will always be the odd developer who refuses to support linux, heck, many refuse to support macs. The solution, I think, is valves game streaming. Keep a windows box on a corner and use it to stream windows only games to your steambox.

First announcement: SteamOS.-

First announcement: SteamOS.- Second: SteamBox.- Third: Half-Life³ (linux exclusive) for SteamBox and SteamOS.- This move would guaranty success to the SB and their SteamOS and it would explain why they have made us wait so long for HL3. Gamers on Windows/Mac would need a SteamOS partition (no useless services and applications running in the background so more RAM and more optimisation for gaming just like a console) to play half-life3 and this would guaranty the success of SteamOS while being a quite a uppercut to the windows gaming totalitarianism. HL3 is a major piece on the pc gaming chessboard, the timing is perfect, and if there is one company with the balls to make such a move; it's them.

Yeah right.

That's why Vista lasted so long right? 'Cuz M$ only released Halo 2 on Vista to try to get sheeple to go out & buy the defective OS just to play it. Yeah that worked great.

Valve didn't get where they

Valve didn't get where they are by doing stupid **** like microsoft. The whole "release this software on our newest platform only to force people to upgrade" bullshit doesn't work anymore. No, half life 3 will be multi-platform just like hl2, the thing is SteamOS will be a gaming optimized OS which is to say it will outperform windows, linux and macs PCs with the same specs, just like consoles do. So you can play HL3 on your windows PC but you may not be able to crank graphics up to the max unless you have a hardcore rig.

Yeah, that would be an

Yeah, that would be an awesome lineup and guarantee success. Even if no HL3, would still be a big hit with gamers who want to get rid of the ever worsening Windows OS. Wondering if it will support DirectX 11?

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