Linux-based SteamOS announced
posted on 09.23.13 at 01:14 PM EDT by (@salromano)
A free operating system focused on the living room.

Valve has announced SteamOS, a Linux-based Steam operating system designed for the TV and living room.

The free operating system will offer four new Steam features focused on the living room, including in-home streaming, allowing existing Windows and Mac-based computers to stream games over your home network to your TV; music, TV, and movies; family game sharing; and other family options.

SteamOS will be downloadable “soon” and “free forever.” Find more information at the platform’s official website here.

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  • $18114340

    Good, streaming is really all that Steam needed to become relevant in the living room.

  • DesmaX

    Oh, that pretty impressive. Congrats for Gaben and his crew.

    I think I’ll install it on my machine when it’s available

  • Xaltmas

    I have no idea how to feel about this. Some people are screaming OMGZ MEGATON while others seem to think it’s not a big deal.

    I’d like to see what Valve’s other announcements are.

    • EX+

      It’s not a megaton, but it is interesting.

  • http://insanechronos.tumblr.com/ InsaneChronos

    What’s the point?

  • Anime10121

    I honestly wonder though how they’ll go about the streaming? Portable dongle, set top box, flash drive? How will they insure compatibility with any and all tvs unless they go the set top box route, which will likely NOT be free.

    • BossTuff

      The streaming will be from the Windows/Mac box to another box that is hooked up to the TV with SteamOS on it. Essentially it would be a PC version of Vita TV.

      • Anime10121

        So, basically a steam console, that you’d have to buy, making all of the draws of this “free OS” useless unless you pay for the set box. Still depending upon price of the box, and compatibility with software, this could be VERY appealing…

  • bloodiOS

    I want to be able install it on the PS4.

    • EX+

      Lol. You can’t have it Annie!

      • GhostNomad

        ANNIE CAN HAVE WHATEVER SHE DESIRES WHENEVER SHE DESIRES IT. YOU SHALL NOT DENY HER.

        • EX+

          She can’t have Eren though. Mikasa’s to busy with him.

          • GhostNomad

            Whatever Annie wants, Annie gets, one way or another 8]

    • DesmaX

      Yeah, that does sound like it would be the best thing ever

  • EX+

    ‘In SteamOS, we have 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.’
    I’m a console mainly guy, but this is interesting to say the least.
    I guess it’s because a lot less of that power is used for multi-tasking unlike Windows? Because that’ll make weaker machines stronger and high end machines amazingly power. Imagine a GTX Titan on SteamOS.
    If this takes off, MS is gonna be dented severely. As if they weren’t getting dented by the PS4 already.

    • BossTuff

      The main concern I have is how they plan on support directx with it. I wouldn’t say this has the ability to kill gaming on windows, yet. It’s an interesting concept though, and it’ll be exciting to see what they’re able to accomplish with it.

      • EX+

        Sorry, I think I made a mistake. I think it’s using openGL btw.
        My mistake was that you still need Windows to play the Windows games. Didn’t note that.
        Also, is this just a streaming service?

        • BossTuff

          It’s just streaming for Windows/Mac, at least that’s what it said. Otherwise, it appears to be a distro of Linux that is heavily integrated with Steam.

        • $18114340

          It’s not a service. It’s an OS with streaming capabilities. It can still play Linux games natively and it’s optimized for gaming.

    • bloodiOS

      If they can combine that efficiency with extensive support for OpenGL, it might be a rough deal for MS and their DX.

      • EX+

        If it takes off, then devs will use more OpenGL for games, which would also mean some good stuff for the PS4.

        • DesmaX

          The PS4 also uses it’s own API.

          If one thing, it could make it harder to see PC/Xbox exclusives

          • EX+

            You mean for PC/Xbox exclusives from 3rd parties?
            If so, then yes.

      • coax

        Well, keep in mind there’s a lot more components in DirectX than just 3D.

        • bloodiOS

          Well, I’m just thinking about it as far as gaming is concerned. If SteamOS together with OpenGL somehow able to offer a whole lot better performance, I’d expect game developers to eventually shift their focus on to that combination.

          • coax

            I more curious about what they’ve done to improve the audio side of things.

          • EX+

            OpenGL does perform a bit better than DX.

            • bloodiOS

              But this combination may push the difference much further.

        • ddsfan2

          There’s nothing inherently special about DirectX, it’s just an API that a lot of Windows game developers target.

          Most commercial console games even on the 360 are using the native low-level API for performance, so it’s not exactly a standard for game consoles.

          Maybe all games on the Xbox One will, that’s about all I can think of..

  • gerald

    My biggest problem with Valve has always been they want to monopolize PC gaming with their DRM Steam, and now they’ve taken it a step further with their own OS.

    Valve fans will love this but I see it as another dark day for PC gaming. Long gone are the days of simple open and DRM-free gaming. Well, I still have GOG.

    • EX+

      Same here. I don’t like the whole DRM thing, which is why I’m a console mainly guy. The PC is getting more and more support from western devs, but not Japanese, which is another reason why I’m mainly sticking with Nintendo/PlayStation. Like FFXV, which definitely won’t come to the PC, due to no demand and costs for development for PC’s with different levels of power.
      The PC fanboys are jumping around and saying: MEGATON, when it’s really just interesting. In fact, this might not even take off.

      • $18114340

        You don’t like DRM, and that’s why you’re on consoles?

        You understand that consoles have the most restrictive DRM out of any other platform, right?

        • Guest

          Jesus… do you fancy yourself a Valve PR guy or something? You’ve spammed this entire thread like a rabid fanboy.

          You’re also wrong. You seem to be confusing (likely intentionally because anyone should know this) copyright protection, which isn’t even refered to as DRM anymore because it’s on virtually every type of media, with access restricting DRM like Steam, Origin, Uplay, etc. on PC games.

          You can simply put a disc into a console or dvd/bluray player and it plays. Whatever protection is there, doesn’t interfere with your ability to play it.

          PC DRM on the other hand, involves installing extra software, accessing your games through that software and tied to an account, inability or limitations on game trade/resale, etc. It’s very restrictive compared to consoles and to suggest the opposite makes you sound foolish.

          • $18114340

            There is DRM on consoles in the same fashion that there is DRM in PC games. I’m not confusing the two; you’re just overlooking digital distribution on consoles and equating physical media with Steam, which is incorrect.

            If you buy a game on PSN or XBL, you cannot play it on another console without Sony or Microsoft’s permission first. How is this any different from Steam?

            If you use Steam for games, chances are you purchase games with the understanding that you have to use Steam to play them. Nobody is forcing you to use Steam to play the majority of the games on the service if you purchase them elsewhere, and many non-Valve games choosing to distribute on PC only through Steam is their choice, not Valve’s. Valve never forced Namco to make Dark Souls II Steam-only on PC, they never forced Lab Zero to make Skullgirls Steam-only on PC. To solely attribute the prevalence of DRM in PC gaming to Valve is to make a mistake.

            • gerald

              “you’re just overlooking digital distribution on consoles and equating physical media with Steam”

              No, I was comparing the primary way people play console games to the primary way people play PC games for the fair comparison. Nice try though. I was also comparing consoles to PC DRM in general, not just Steam.

              Anyway, I can’t be bothered to continue this, you’re obviously just here to give blind praise to Valve and try to twist anything you can to fit that narrative. Best of luck with that.

        • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

          The way you say it sounded like every electronic devices have DRM…..

          One thing for sure, I don’t have to validate a game on Steam when I buy a retail copy….

    • $18114340

      Simple open and DRM-free gaming died when big publishers killed it. It also never existed. Remember CD keys? The bane of PC gaming.

      Valve can only monopolize PC gaming if the rest of the industry lies down lets them. Ultimately Valve can only force DRM into the games and services that they have sole ownership of. Don’t like it? Vote with your wallet. Don’t use Steam.

      High-profile, DRM-free gaming has never been stronger thanks to services like GoG and promotions such as any number of indie bundles. The companies that still impose DRM are the larger publishers. If anything, it’s consumers that have enabled this sort of behavior. To attribute it solely to Valve is inaccurate.

  • EX+

    It could also meant that devs could use OpenGL more as apposed to paying MS for DX, which would give the PS4 even more of a boost.

    • bloodiOS

      I don’t see how devs using DX or OGL has any baring on the PS4 and its own API.

      • Sevyne

        Not sure how it would have any real impact on anything, but the PS3 at least used a subset of OGL. Dunno about the PS4 though.

        • $18114340

          The PS4 probably has some form of OpenGL support but most likely uses its own custom API that mimicks DirectX11 (or so we can gather from the things developers have said).

          But you’re right, devs using DX or OGL on PC pretty much has no baring on the PS4 unless hardware manufacturers do a complete 180 within its life cycle which is completely unlikely, and I don’t see how anybody makes that connection. Don’t know why people are downvoting you for pointing out the obvious.

          • Sevyne

            Oh they aren’t downvoting me, but they are downvoting Bloodios for what seems to be no reason at all.

            • bloodiOS

              They’re probably members of the Bloodios-Hating Society XD

              • Sevyne

                Oh you have one of those too?!

                • bloodiOS

                  Who knows, never truly cared to find out. But it would be nice though, the more they hate me, the less likely they’ll forget about me ;)

                  • GhostNomad

                    You should totally eat them. That way you’ll be on their minds for the rest of their lives!

                    • bloodiOS

                      Uh, you can’t remember anyone if you’re dead…

                    • GhostNomad

                      That’s the point. Their life won’t go on much longer so they won’t have a lot of time to forget about you! :D

                    • bloodiOS

                      Still, no point if dead. The dead don’t count.

                    • GhostNomad

                      Well, you can kill all those who hate you, and if that number is as massive as it seems, your kill count alone will make everyone else fear you, so you win either way!

                    • bloodiOS

                      Now it’s starting to sound tiredsome. I’m too lazy for all of that!

                    • GhostNomad

                      Well then send your trusty pet to haunt them with the naked Spider-man and instill the fear of Annie in their human hearts!

    • bloodiOS

      By the way, I saw a couple of your posts got down-voted, so I just personally want to assure you that it wasn’t me.

      • EX+

        I really don’t mind.

  • http://www.hush404.com hush404

    It would seem that Newell’s comments about being disgusted over win8 and Microsoft’s strategy to nudge companies like Valve out of the way, is having a larger impact. Interesting to see how things go and if this gets big developer support (figure indies are game for whatever, but will we see AAA games launch on this at the same time as other platforms?).

  • artemisthemp

    I may have to find a empty HDD to try out Steam OS

  • jujubee88

    If Valve than announce a console and a handheld I will have to wait a little on PS4 and VITA Slim.

    Btw, I heard a rumor that Valve is making/puting together a hardware box that is powerful (the site I read said more powerful than PS4) and so I assume that’s one of the other two announcements. (If the other is a handheld that can also play non-streamed games OMG!!!)

    • EX+

      If it is more powerful than the PS4, you can expect a very high price. Trust me on that.

      • $18114340

        Not really. Minus the cost of the OS, and with partnerships with hardware manufacturers, Valve could probably put out a decent gaming PC for $400 or so. Hell, you could go out and build it yourself and it would probably be better than a PS4 and upgradeable to boot.

        • jujubee88

          Wth? Even I know that’s not true and I’m not even big into building rigs. But I know to get PS4 “direct to metal”-type gfx machine would cost more than 400 bucks. :

          Anyways, I’m still going to get the PS4 I just want to see the type of goodies Valve will announce this week. Looking forward to it! ^w^

  • Guest

    *nvm ignore. weird comment lag

  • Invisbin

    Been a console gamer all my life, so I have no idea what any of this means.

    • bloodiOS

      It means that your life as a console gamer won’t be affected in any way.

      • Invisbin

        That’s the most simple answer anyone has given me all day, thank you.

  • shogunknight

    Not bad, not bad at all. Like to see how this goes, always wanted another OS together with Windows (was thinking of Ubuntu but….), wonder what the remaining two announcements are, Half-life?

    • bloodiOS

      Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 are my picks.

  • Locksus

    Amazing. The new features sound really cool.

    Gaben is really pushing for Linux-based gaming.

  • pekot

    I really don’t care about valve
    so I don’t understand the hype

    Pc fans always talks about how
    Much pc is stronger than consoles
    and now they are waiting for valve console ?

    • $18114340

      The Valve console *is* a PC. The reason why you don’t understand the hype is because you base your entire idea of PC gaming on a tired stereotype and make no effort to understand the real strength of the platform. It’s not about sheer strength. It’s about comprehensiveness.

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        How is Valve’s console a PC? I would like to hear about it….

        • $18114340

          How is it not a PC? Even if we don’t know anything about the hardware, the fact that they’re unveiling a PC operating system distro coupled with the fact that their primary market is PC games along with the fact that they’re gussying up PC hardware manufacturers… what else could their console possibly be?

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    I’m sure Linux users are ecstatic. For console gamers, this news is not all that meaningful.

    When they actually announce the steambox, or they announce some kind of collaboration. That’s when things will really get interesting.

    • $18114340

      What are you talking about? This is brilliant news for existing Linux users or not, because it’s gaming-optimized at an operating systems-level, which is something that no other PC OS can say for itself.

      The key takeaway here is that SteamOS can stream games from an already existing PC, so you don’t even need to install it as your primary OS. This is meant mainly for people who use a separate HTPC out in the living room. You can play Steam games without having to juggle computers between rooms. I’d say that’s pretty huge news, since it makes the addition of Big Picture mode actually meaningful and it also means that if you already play games on PC you don’t have to compromise.

      Given that this is only the first of THREE announcements, this is VERY meaningful. They specifically mentioned that they would be talking about hardware this week anyway so if anything a real Steam box would be the boring news. They’ve also mentioned that they are collaborating with hardware manufacturers (probably just NVidia), but that’s a huge thing in of itself.

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        Yeah, I understand. There is still lots of questions to be answered about this.

        I’m waiting to see how things play out before I get too excited. I hook up my PC to my tv and play steam games using big picture mode right now.

        Until they really show off the OS. I’m interested but not overly excited. I suppose you could say I’m keeping my expectations grounded.

        I understand the advantages of a linux based steam OS. My above post is directed at console gamers, or those who are just fine with how they game on PC right now.

        • $18114340

          Granted, nobody should be blowing this one announcement out of proportion, but I would think that with you using your PC connected to your TV, this would be more relevant to your interests than a console gamer.

          In fact, I don’t see why this would be relevant for console gamers at all. A lot of console gamers seem to be completely ignorant about the subject and they have some sort of ax to grind against PC gaming. This announcement is really only meaningful to PC gamers to confirm that they won’t need to switch to a console next generation to get a high-quality experience in the living room. After that, it depends on the developers, and I don’t really see the PC demographic for game development really changing anytime soon either.

          • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

            I mentioned the steambox because of this. I think an actual steambox would be more relevant to console gamers, or casual gamers.

            I don’t think all console gamers despise PC gaming. I now most of them find it frustrating, or they simply can’t afford it. Some just don’t understand it.

            I suppose I’m a hybrid gamer. I play on console, portables, and my PC.

            Yes, this new is relevant to my interest. My post above was speaking in general. How this would effect the industry as a whole.

            • $18114340

              I think that console gamers who want to see a Steambox misunderstand the concept entirely. The point is not to create a competitor to consoles but a PC-analogue of their purposes. To do this, the hardware is not the most important part because you can just buy off-the-shelf parts.

              The idea that some console gamers have that PC gaming is unaffordable is also a fallacy. You can build a very capable gaming PC for around the same cost that you can buy a new console anyway, excluding the cost of the OS. I think Valve sees Windows as seriously holding PC gaming back and this is just one more step towards shedding it entirely.

              • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

                They do see Windows in that way, Gabe has made it pretty clear.

                “You can build a very capable gaming PC for around the same cost that you can buy a new console anyway, excluding the cost of the OS.”

                Key word in that very true statement – “Build.”

                That ties into my point about how most feel they can’t afford a gaming PC, or they don’t understand it.

                I built my PC. I’ve put together some solid rig’s for my friends. I know this from experience. Most people don’t know someone who will build them a gaming PC. Most don’t know how to do it themselves, and they don’t want to spend the time learning.

                They might be able to find a local business that will build them a rig. The problem is typically price. The cost of labor along with the parts is too high. From my experiences, most places that will do this charge way too much for labor.

                I think insecurity plays a role. Most people don’t have the knowledge required to deal with PC gaming problems. Yes, I know that fixing most problems you might have is very easy. For people like you and I, absolutely. For the general populace, not so much.

                That also plays back into time and frustration. It’s why so many people just stick with console gaming.

                It just works. If you have a problem, you can call customer support, etc.

                The Steambox would be very attractive to this audience. I firmly believe that, and I think Valve know it.

                It doesn’t matter what it actually is. Most will view it as a Steam console. Or some kind of Steam PC they can (maybe) afford. With easy to learn features, built in support, and customer support if they run into trouble.

                This is why I see the Steambox as a big deal.

                • $18114340

                  Building a PC doesn’t require as much effort as people make it seem. Even if you aren’t technically-inclined, the parts you buy off the shelf fit together pretty easily. Putting a PC together is more about common sense and being able to ask others for help than it is about deep technical knowledge. You don’t really need to know what anything does, you’re just putting a bunch of black boxes together.

                  Some people don’t want to go through all that trouble, and that’s fine. But subsequently PC gaming is not going to be for them. Any pre-build PCs are going to factor in the cost of labor and some other fee bullshit and they inherently won’t be worth the cost because of it. The reason why console prices are low is because Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo can go to hardware manufacturers directly. PC consumers have no such luxury, unless Valve is suddenly making a deal with hardware OEMs… which actually isn’t all that unlikely.

                  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

                    I don’t think people are going to change in this regard. It’s why Apple does so incredibly well. Most people take the easy way out, they don’t want to spend the time learning. They also don’t want to spend the time trying and dealing with bumps in the road on the way.

                    I still think PC gaming can be for them. I think Valve can be one of the key parts in fixing this.

                    • gerald

                      I think you’re selling Apple short. I have a decent gaming PC but Apple is simply better for a lot of things. It’s not like PC is always best and people just settle for Macs because they’re dumb, lazy, etc.

                      I’d say about 90%+ of my friends and co-workers use Apple products because they’re better and more reliable for our professional use.

                    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

                      I didn’t mean to insinuate that. I mean that people will pay more for something easier to learn, easier to fix.

                      Like you said. Apple products tend to be more reliable for most people. Apple builds them from the ground up to be easy and accessible, and that’s a good thing.

                      I’ve got nothing against Apple. My only gripe with them is the high cost of their products.

    • Sevyne

      I won’t hold it against you for not knowing how big of a thing this really is for any and everyone gaming on PC (really it’s easy to assume as much), but to say it’s not meaningful for anyone not on Linux is a big no no.

      • $18114340

        Yeah, the entire point of this is that this is meaningful for the entire subset of already-existing Steam users.

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        I should have been more clear with my comment. I’m going to edit it. For everyone else = Console gamers. Or, those who are more than happy with how they game on PC currently.

        • Sevyne

          Fair enough. I guess that would make more sense.

          • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

            I’m not denying the potential of this. I also tend to support Steam and Valve.

            I just see lots of questions that need to be answered.

            Will this really attract the non steam or non PC gamer?

            You can find lots of games on Steam. Not all of them, but most of them. Will this improve or get worse?

            What kind of cost will be involved? etc.

            • Sevyne

              No doubt there are still a lot of question marks surrounding the entire thing, but current implications (if it all comes to fruition) is rather significant. Definitely something to keep your eyes on.

            • $18114340

              I don’t think Valve’s intention (short-term, at least), is to attract the non-Steam/non-PC gamer. And I also don’t think it’s very reasonable to expect Steam to have every single PC game out there either. What this DOES show, however, is that Valve is making an effort. With Greenlight and with their move to have more controller-supported, Linux friendly games, it gives a very clear indication of what Valve’s intentions are, and to me it seems as if they’re trying to break PC gaming free of some of its worst stereotypes entirely. And if it doesn’t, it at least provides the groundwork for others to follow.

              • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

                I agree on most of this. In fact, I think we more or less agree on this topic.

                I’m not sure we agree on the non PC gamer part. I’ve always felt it was simply a matter of time before Valve tried to compete with the big three.

                One thing that console gaming has always done well, and improved on this generation is simplicity.

                Making it easier for all types of gamers to access and enjoy playing games.

                It would be foolish of Valve to ignore this. And they haven’t. I give them tons of credit in regards to making PC gaming more user friendly. More accessible.

                I think this OS is also the first small step into trying to attract more of that audience. The audience that usually ignore PC gaming.

                • $18114340

                  I think that PC gaming is going to inherently have a barrier for a long time, not because it can’t be simple but because a lot of gamers can’t be bothered to learn about it. Some people just want to play games. A console is perfect for that in a way that PC gaming will never be because of the modular nature of the hardware and the open nature of the game library.

                  I don’t think it’s foolish for Valve to not jump into console gaming. They’re definitely prepping for it, but I don’t think it would be wise for them to enter the market right now. We can’t even get most console games onto PC because the publishers are stubborn or because they’re paranoid about piracy. We’re slowly moving there, but most of the console heavyweights are not going to want to budge until Valve makes an enticing platform for them first, which is going to take several years at least. Steam is already ten years old and most console game publishers are still unwilling to put their games on there. Point is, I don’t think it’s going to happen overnight like some people make it seem.

              • shogunknight

                TBH, I dont understand (most especially breaking free of its worst stereotypes part). We may have to be patient and wait for more info for clarification. Why do this to not attract non-Steam gamers?

                • $18114340

                  “Why do this to not attract non-Steam gamers?”

                  To better the experience for Steam users. If it makes the platform itself more enticing that’s a plus, but some people are ideologically against Steam (because of DRM and because Valve controls everything about it) and this isn’t going to change their mind.

                  As for console gamers, I can’t see how the news of a free Linux-based OS could possibly affect them. It isn’t going to make the notion of building a gaming PC any more attractive in of itself.

                  Valve is probably doing this to strengthen their brand with customers that already trust them and understand them. Console developers are already fairly situated on that front; you aren’t going to see MGSV or FFXV on PC anytime soon, much less on Linux. So Valve probably isn’t going to try and compete in a market that it can’t even enter. They’d rather play to their own strengths.

                  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

                    I’m not so sure I agree. Yes, I think they are trying to strengthen their brand. Yes, they want to focus on customers who already trust and understand them.

                    I think that is a given. I also see the future. For the longest time, most people have said the following – PC gaming is the future.

                    Now, how we interpret this is different. Everyone reads that in there own way.

                    I still think it’s fairly true. Next Gen Consoles are more like customized gaming PC’s than ever before.

                    Evolution. I see that as the next logical move for PC gaming. I believe Valve has the resources and knowledge to do this.

                    How they go about evolving PC gaming will be interesting. Announcements like the OS play a part. I still see the next step as trying to not only strengthen the Steam brand.

                    I see an overall effort to strengthen PC gaming. If they refuse to never enter that market, then they never will compete.

                    Who else has a better shot than Valve when it comes to PC gaming? They can play to their own strengths while taking a shot at cracking that wall of sorts.

                    Finding a way to make PC gaming just as accessible as console gaming. Along with that will come the games. I think they can do it. I see that step as an inevitable evolution of PC gaming.

                    It’s going to happen one way or another. If PC gaming is the future, it has to happen.

                    If it does, that still won’t kill console gaming. It will just give all consumers another great option. Instead of only being something for a few.

                    • $18114340

                      Consoles are becoming like PCs, and PCs are becoming more like consoles. I don’t see that as having options; I see that as the homogenization of gaming and I think that’s a bad thing. The only choice you have in that situation is to which corporate overlord you submit.

                      I like Valve. I like what they’re doing. I think it’s really forward-thinking and I think they’re in the best position to set an example for the PC sector of the games industry. But I don’t want Valve to be the end-all for PC gaming, and I don’t want them to define PC gaming for a future generation of gamers, especially not as, “just another way of console gaming”. Maybe we will just have to agree to disagree.

                    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

                      Fair enough. It was nice discussing all of this with you.

                      I still think it’s about the games at the end of the day.

                      I also don’t want Valve to be the end-all for PC gaming.

                      I think they can open doors for others. They could allow PC gaming to take some great steps, and do some exciting new things.

                      That’s all I’m saying. Besides, even if Steam does become big. There will always be competition. Someone else will come along to even the playing field. Which is a good thing.

  • $18114340

    I don’t really like the entire narrative of “Steam versus Consoles” here. It doesn’t make sense to me and it seems needlessly antagonistic. Quite frankly, if you don’t already use Steam then this announcement isn’t going to mean anything to you. If you do use Steam, and you’ve been meaning to make the full move to the living room, then this is big news. It has the potential to give you the best of both worlds for PC gaming.

  • KuanHanrong

    I’m not too sure how this affects me as a PC gamer who enjoys gaming on my PC instead of a TV in the living room? Should I be excited about this?

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    If I’m reading this right…. (If anyone can correct me , please do…)

    The SteamOS is an OS for your PC in your living room with a TV… It needs your primarily PC (Windows/Mac) to operate…. It doesn’t play games, it streams them through the home network… So basically, it’s turning your living room PC into a streaming box?

    • Ritsujun

      Teh (LOL) Steamstreambox.

    • $18114340

      No. It’s a fully functioning Linux distro. It plays Linux games. Because most PC games run on Windows, Valve has included some sort of streaming application. But otherwise, it’s a gaming optimized Linux.

  • Marco Tinè

    Looks interesting, but doesn’t solve the hardware conundrum. I mean, other than anyone’s existing PC, there must be at least another machine involved in the reasoning, and I’m positive it’ll be reflected in the next announcements.