Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Sep 2013 21:46 UTC

Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS.

Where Sony and Microsoft follow the iOS model for consoles, Valve is aiming for the Android model, including Valve's own line of 'Nexus' devices. As Valves notes, no restrictions - you can change the hardware, software, and install any operating system you want. The right approach, obviously.

The cooperation between Valve and NVIDIA is quite close, as NVIDIA details on its blog:

Engineers from Valve and NVIDIA have spent a lot of time collaborating on a common goal for SteamOS: to deliver an open-platform gaming experience with superior performance and uncompromising visuals directly on the big screen.

NVIDIA engineers embedded at Valve collaborated on improving driver performance for OpenGL; optimizing performance on NVIDIA GPUs; and helping to port Valve's award-winning content library to SteamOS; and tuning SteamOS to lower latency, or lag, between the controller and onscreen action.

This is going to be big. After being defeated in mobile, it seems Microsoft is facing another frontal assault on another one of its strongholds: gaming, whether it be Windows or Xbox.

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RE: Optimus
by judgen on Fri 27th Sep 2013 01:07 UTC in reply to "Optimus"
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Optimus (at least until the 600 series of cards) is still comple shit even on Windows. There is still occational locking but the bluescreens and that the automatic switching does not work properly without hick-ups even now after several years. And no, it is not just my systems. The internet is littered with people having problems that kind of things. But also dropping driver development for the 500 series so early on was a dick move.

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