Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Sep 2013 21:46 UTC
Games

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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RE[3]: If... I want!!
by cdude on Thu 26th Sep 2013 10:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: If... I want!!"
cdude
Member since:
2008-09-21

"hometest" doesn't sound like Steam Machine but like a test-environment to test the standalone steam client which is available for Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSuse, etc. etc.

Edited 2013-09-26 10:14 UTC

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RE[4]: If... I want!!
by BushLin on Thu 26th Sep 2013 11:16 in reply to "RE[3]: If... I want!!"
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

The word hometest isn't the clue, it's the contents of the repo which give it away.

I don't need to explain, this page does it well enough:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTM0MDc

"Their known repository just has contained the Steam and Steam Launcher packages for Debian/Ubuntu-based distributions. What's of interest within this new "hometest" repository. The repository notes that this is for "Steam packages and updates for Steam based on Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS."

Found within the package pool are experimental NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers, a Plymouth boot splash screen for Steam, and Valve wallpapers. There's also the Steam Linux client binary already offered to Linux gamers. A "steam-autoupdate" package is also present, which all it does is drop in a daily cron job of running the apt-get upgrade process in an automated manner. "

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