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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ddc_
Member since:
2006-12-05

Yes, I have. I almost always used the not so popular distributions, and so I know these problems. Yet, they are trivial to fix - build a bunch of libraries, or - in a worst case - setup a chroot. BTW you may even run most i386 Linux binaries on i386 BSDs. Really, this is a minor annoyance.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Yet, they are trivial to fix


For us yes, but not for the users SteamOS is expected to bring to the UNIX world.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

And that's why they're getting SteamOS, where they are not exposed to this kind of problem, and not a random Linux distro with Steam.

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ddc_ Member since:
2006-12-05

Yes, but nobody said it's going to be novice-friendly. Valve only promised that users will be able to "alter or replace any part of the software or hardware they want", which sounds very much like Android on Nexus (or any other pre-rooted device for that matter).

FWIW they promised that "SteamOS will be available soon as a free download for users," so it's likely that we'll have a chance to get our hands on the product and see it for ourselves.

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