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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Optimus
by ferrels on Thu 26th Sep 2013 16:52 UTC
ferrels
Member since:
2006-08-15

I hope that nVidia's close cooperation with valve on this project will lead to an Optimus GPU driver that isn't such a hack like Bumblebee. Bumblebee is better than nothing I suppose but it's slower than the drivers for Windows and you're forced to use optirun. A driver that's completely transparent to the user which doesn't require optirun and performs as well as the Windows driver would be wonderful.

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RE: Optimus
by judgen on Fri 27th Sep 2013 01:07 in reply to "Optimus"
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

Optimus (at least until the 600 series of cards) is still comple shit even on Windows. There is still occational locking but the bluescreens and that the automatic switching does not work properly without hick-ups even now after several years. And no, it is not just my systems. The internet is littered with people having problems that kind of things. But also dropping driver development for the 500 series so early on was a dick move.

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RE[2]: Optimus
by ferrels on Fri 27th Sep 2013 15:32 in reply to "RE: Optimus"
ferrels Member since:
2006-08-15

Hmmm...I haven't had the problems you're experiencing. I have a Toshiba Qosmio X870 which has a GTX 670M Optimus GPU paired with an Intel HD4000 and it works great. One thing I did notice was that some 3D intensive programs still wanted to use the HD4000 instead of the 670M. So under the Nvidia control panel I just set things up so that the 670M does all the work. Uses more power but I'm more concerned with performance than with power savings.

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