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

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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RE[3]: Next card, Microsoft?
by lucas_maximus on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 17:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Next card, Microsoft?"
lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

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.


Gaming isn't the most intensive task you can do a computer contrary to popular belief.

Crysis 3 running at Ultra-settings is the only game that even stresses my CPU and my CPU is a first or second gen core 2 duo.

Edited 2013-09-23 17:53 UTC

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RE[4]: Next card, Microsoft?
by WereCatf on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 17:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Next card, Microsoft?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

And yet none of that answers the question.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Yes it did.

I am running the latest general purpose OS from Microsoft on old hardware and the most graphically intensive game that you can buy doesn't even stress the hardware.

You know what does stress the hardware ... Supreme Commander because most of the workload is CPU based.

It matters more what the workload is rather than the OS, because both modern Windows and the Linux kernels use x86 quite efficiently.

I suppose if you have an OS that has less services running and only a few programs running you might save on some RAM. But modern kit comes with 4GB - 8GB as a minimum.

Edited 2013-09-23 18:02 UTC

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RE[4]: Next card, Microsoft?
by No it isnt on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 20:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Next card, Microsoft?"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

And still plenty of games will stress my Geforce 770. Games are GPU dependent.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

The point is as you were too thick to see it, is that the OS being "optimized" has little impact when both OSes are on the same arch, similar hardware and both kernels have had a lot of work done on working well on that platform.

I don't believe for a second the valve team have been able to do something so special with Linux and a regular x86 platform that it is suddenly going to be super fast compared to similar "regular" kit.

http://www.osnews.com/thread?572857

I mentioned supreme commander because if the number of units becomes very high the game lags like hell, and I over clocked the CPU by over a 1ghz to make it last until I can afford an i7/Xeon board. It totally dependent on the algorithms running in the game.

Rome Total War 2 for example, I can't run on this CPU but the graphics are mid ps3 quality.

Edited 2013-09-23 20:21 UTC

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RE[4]: Next card, Microsoft?
by dpJudas on Tue 24th Sep 2013 02:07 in reply to "RE[3]: Next card, Microsoft?"
dpJudas Member since:
2009-12-10

Gaming isn't the most intensive task you can do a computer contrary to popular belief.

Crysis 3 running at Ultra-settings is the only game that even stresses my CPU and my CPU is a first or second gen core 2 duo.

And the reason for this is that all current gen games need to run on the Xbox 360 and the PS3. For similar reasons you can play all current gen games with 4 GB of memory with no problems as well. You'd be surprised at how awful specs those old dinosaur consoles actually have by todays standard.

Just wait until you see a game made for PS4 or the XB1. Your Core 2 duo will not be remotely able to run that at the graphical settings of those consoles.

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RE[4]: Next card, Microsoft?
by aliquis on Thu 26th Sep 2013 22:54 in reply to "RE[3]: Next card, Microsoft?"
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

So what do you run?

Even Starcraft II would be very happy with a faster CPU. And that's three years old.

BF 4 recommended specs is a quad core Intel processor or six core AMD one. And it will use all 8 cores if you have them.

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