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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RE[4]: Next card, Microsoft?
by flypig on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 18:45 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Next card, Microsoft?"
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I've not seen numbers from Valve either, and it would be interesting to know. In the meantime, the following page gives the Humble Bundle statistics across the platforms.

This is jut for interest. Whether these are indicative of the numbers across Steam I wouldn't like to guess.

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The problem about using Humble Bundle purchases as a reference is that (to use a very English term) is a bit of a pissing match.

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RE[6]: Next card, Microsoft?
by flypig on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 20:01 in reply to "RE[5]: Next card, Microsoft?"
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I'm not entirely sure what you mean by that. Do you mean that it's just a tiny amount compared to overall game purchases, or that the numbers are biased because people are trying to make a point?

One of the interesting things I notice about Humble Bundle is that many of the games are ported specifically to OSX and Linux purely for the scheme. It's not the major development studios of course, but this does suggest some motivation for them to do it. Or possibly that they're all incredibly philanthropic and just want to support charity!

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