Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 17:29 UTC

As we've been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we've 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. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.

Valve goes beyond just building a Linux distribution and grafting Steam on top of it. They are actually working very closely with hardware manufacturers and game developers, which has already resulted in graphics performance improvements. They are also working on reducing input latency as well as audio performance. In other words, they are very serious about upending Windows as the default PC gaming operating system.

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 unveiled that it's working with the major game developers so that triple-A titles will be natively available on SteamOS. As for your existing Windows games - SteamOS will support game streaming from your existing PC so you can play them on your SteamOS machine in the living room (or anywhere else, of course). 'Hundreds of great games' are already available natively on Linux through Steam, too.

This is just the first in a series of three announcements, and it stands to reason that the second one will be a dedicated SteamOS machine from Valve. The third announcement? Well. It's got a three in it, so Half-Life 3 is pretty much confirmed.

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Next card, Microsoft?
by zcal on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 17:38 UTC
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My, how the tables are turning.

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by lucas_maximus on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 17:46 in reply to "Next card, Microsoft?"
RE[2]: Next card, Microsoft?
by judgen on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 17:48 in reply to "RE: Next card, Microsoft?"
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Why would it not? Most MacOS X ports from EA and many others already runs via Cider. Look in the package contents in OSX game titles. Nothing stops Steam from doing the same thing for older titles as a stopgap.

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RE[2]: Next card, Microsoft?
by WereCatf on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 17:49 in reply to "RE: Next card, Microsoft?"
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* Most of the games that are going to be released you might as well pick up a console instead of connecting a PC to TV, because you will have a more consistent experience with a console and the last time I picked up a media PC (Asus Revo) with half decent specs (can run Call of Duty 4 level graphics smoothly at decent detail) cost more than a console and I had to buy an additional wireless controller ...

And how is that comparable to SteamOS and/or Steambox? The PC you bought quite likely wasn't optimized for gaming nor was it running an OS that specifically designed for such a task.

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RE[2]: Next card, Microsoft?
by zcal on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 18:00 in reply to "RE: Next card, Microsoft?"
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Yes, really. The focus of such a mammoth platform as Steam shifting away from Windows, no matter how long it takes, is a major threat to Microsoft's business.

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RE[2]: Next card, Microsoft?
by stabbyjones on Tue 24th Sep 2013 02:18 in reply to "RE: Next card, Microsoft?"
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the entire back catalog doesn't need to use linux. that's what streaming is for.

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RE[2]: Next card, Microsoft?
by Soulbender on Tue 24th Sep 2013 05:39 in reply to "RE: Next card, Microsoft?"
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Dude...why so negative...

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RE[2]: Next card, Microsoft?
by bassbeast on Tue 24th Sep 2013 06:36 in reply to "RE: Next card, Microsoft?"
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Why did he get modded down for speaking the truth? The cost of porting DirectX to OpenGL is FAR from trivial, so a good 95% of the games ever made will NOT be available, even with the win 8 disaster MSFT owns more than 90% of the X86 market so good luck on getting most big gaming houses to offer more than a token of their catalog, and then there is the rotting elephant nobody wants to talk about...DRM.

Like it or not there is no way in hell the big publishers are gonna support a living room box without DRM yet its practically impossible to use DRM in Linux because of the viral nature of the GPL which RMS himself has repeatedly said is by design.

So what you are gonna have is Valve games and some indies....which everyone can get on Windows WITHOUT having to install and learn a new OS. Believe me I WANT this to work, we system builders have been treated like dirt by MSFT but unless Valve is willing to pony up a good 100 million plus to make Wine into a perfectly seamless translation layer that requires no thought from John Q Public AND be willing to spend a good half a decade in court as no doubt MSFT would sue if it comes a mile of DirectX IP? Yeah...good luck Valve, you are gonna need it.

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RE[2]: Next card, Microsoft?
by JAlexoid on Tue 24th Sep 2013 13:46 in reply to "RE: Next card, Microsoft?"
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Also I like running one OS on my work from home / gaming PC that works perfectly with my kit without any hacks and that OS is Windows.

And Gabe will personally come into your home and poke you with a stick so that you don't run Windows?

Geezzzz.... Just because it becomes available on other platforms does not reduce your level of experience. You reminded me of those people that went crazy over Instagram coming to Android.

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RE: Next card, Microsoft?
by ilovebeer on Wed 25th Sep 2013 17:45 in reply to "Next card, Microsoft?"
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My, how the tables are turning.

That's quite the pre-mature ejaculation. A custom linux distro with improved closed-source drivers AKA SteamOS has a LONG way to go before it can be considered any kind of competition for Windows gaming.

Just curious, every time somebody on the internet posts a message about how the linux desktop is about to put Windows out of business, you likely buy into it every time right?

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