Published on September 23rd, 2013 | by James Hart


Steam OS – First Of Three Valve Announcements

Valve have just announced details of their very own operating system. As part of three announcements coming this week regarding bringing Steam to the living room, SteamOS appears to be a custom Linux distribution which will be freely available soon. Valve previously released Steam for Linux and have promoted Ubuntu in a huge way, so it is a fair assumption that SteamOS will be based on Ubuntu, much like Linux Mint and other distros.

The 4 key features are streaming, which will allow all games in your Steam library to be streamed from your host PC, regardless of them being Windows, OS X or Linux based games.

The second is the expansion of Steam into Music, Movies and TV by integrating existing services into the application/OS.

Thirdly, family sharing. This has previously been revealed and will allow close friends and family to share your library of games in full. We have previously covered this news in a recent news article.

Finally, family options which appears to be a tool to allow customisation of what games and content appears dependant on the person using the system.

All in all, this very much seems to be all the features of Steam integrated directly into an OS, very much like what we will see on PS4 and Xbox One. However, as this is based on Linux and will be freely distributed, it will likely have the openness of said OS and be able to be used on any machine, not first party only. If that’ll mean we can also install other applications as we can normally do on Linux, that remains to be seen, but this could be a huge step forward for gaming, as it will bring the convenience of consoles and the openness of PCs closer to together, which can only be a good thing.

It would be a good guess that one of the other 2 announcements will be SteamOS hardware, talked about a lot as the “Steam Box”, be that directly from Valve or via partners. The second announcement is due at 6pm on Wednesday.

Further details are available here, please leave your comments below as to what you think Valve can achieve with this new venture and potentially new hardware.

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I have an interest in music, movies, technology and games. Enjoy football, gigs, cycling and swimming. I'm a Java developer and trying to learn Android. I'm 29 and Welsh. I've been interested in games since ZX Spectrum 128K. I've owned a Dreamcast, Xbox, Xbox 360 and PS3 but PC has been my main passion. I am a huge advocate of Steam and believe Valve are one of, if not the most progressive games companies there is.

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