Valve unveils Linux-driven SteamOS in latest move to conquer the living room

Joe Donnelly September 23, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Valve has revealed SteamOS – its Linux-based answer to living room-based gaming.


In what is set to be the first of three announcements over this coming week, Valve has unveiled the Linux-based SteamOS – the force behind its plans to “make Steam more accessible on televisions and in 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,” says the announcement on Valve’s website. “SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen.”

Existing users with extensive collections on Steam need not fret as “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,” the announcement continues. “SteamOS, running on any living room machine, will provide access to the best games and user-generated content available.

“[Steam has] achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases.”

Expect to hear part two of the three-pronged announcement on Wednesday September 25, 10am PST.

Perhaps a Half Life 3 announcement? Probably not, but stay tuned with BeefJack regardless.

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