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[7]: You know, for consoles
by bugeyedcreepy on Fri 27th Sep 2013 01:33 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: You know, for consoles"
bugeyedcreepy
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2010-04-18

Well, I for one:
A) Don't have a console.
B) use a Windows 7 powered PC to connect to my Big Screen TV for watching Free to air and play games, currently on the only Windows box left in my house and
C) would Much prefer a Linux Gamebox/TV/Entertainment player.

Being time poor, I haven't been able to follow through on getting a working combo that fits the mix currently in place.

This would fit my needs Perfectly and therefore am very interested in this turn of hand by Steam.

:)

I guess I fit that Target Audience just fine...

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