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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If... I want!!
by tomz on Wed 25th Sep 2013 22:33 UTC
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If it runs some variant of Redhat (feora) or debian or something similar, so i can install firefox and the rest, I will be first in line.

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RE: If... I want!!
by Ishan333 on Wed 25th Sep 2013 22:36 in reply to "If... I want!!"
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I bet it'll be an Ubuntu/Debian derivative.

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RE[2]: If... I want!!
by BushLin on Wed 25th Sep 2013 22:51 in reply to "RE: If... I want!!"
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SteamOS will be based on Ubuntu 12.04

There's already a repo.

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RE: If... I want!!
by v_bobok on Wed 25th Sep 2013 23:18 in reply to "If... I want!!"
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It's gonna be a part of DEB universe.
*tips fedora*

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RE[2]: If... I want!!
by SeeM on Thu 26th Sep 2013 17:36 in reply to "RE: If... I want!!"
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It's gonna be a part of DEB universe.
*tips fedora*

Fedora support debs just fine. But deb distros have silly file names for libraries, so much of a ln -s will be required.

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RE: If... I want!!
by woegjiub on Thu 26th Sep 2013 01:24 in reply to "If... I want!!"
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Considering there are already applications in steam, I'm betting they're going to be adding apps like those.

It's not exactly a big leap to see steam as being the package management GUI for steamOS :p

I'm wondering what they'll be doing for audio and video playback out of the box - which applications, which content providing partners, etc.

Netflix isn't available in my country, but from what I've heard, it's like steam for TV shows and movies, so...

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