Valve recently announced their own operating system dedicated for PC gamers, called the SteamOS. People were expecting for Valve’s “Steambox”, instead they get an operating system where it turns your PC into a “Steambox”. Steam OS is based on Linux platform, it’s basically a heavily modified Debian Linux, where Valve removed all the non-essentials, and added all the stuff that every PC gamers needs; like multimedia CODECs, fonts, runtime environments, drivers for popular graphics card, sound cards and etc.
It seems that Valve is bringing Steam into any living room via the SteamOS. It’s not only made for gaming, but it also features multimedia streaming, family sharing and other stuff that you usually do in your living room.
“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.”
“Finally, you don’t have to give up your favorite games, your online friends, and all the Steam features you love just to play on the big screen. SteamOS, running on any living room machine, will provide access to the best games and user-generated content available.”
“Hundreds of great games are already running natively on SteamOS. Watch for announcements in the coming weeks about all the AAA titles coming natively to SteamOS in 2014. Access the full Steam catalog of nearly 3000 games and desktop software titles via in-home streaming.”
It seems that Steam OS will compete with consoles, like Xbox and Playstation, which are usually present in the living room. I’m not really sure if this will help PC games become more popular and attractive compared to consoles, but it sure is one step to the future of PC games and multimedia sharing.
Valve has competitively priced the SteamOS against Windows 8.1 and OS X. You can get the said operating system for only $0.00 USD, that’s right it’s totally free, forever. Hope it’s not loaded with tons of advertisements like other “free” apps or system.
The SteamOS release date is currently unknown but we are expecting that it will be rolled out soon. You can download Steam OS once it became available on their official web site, or Steam’s official online store.