The lights are on
Last week, Valve founder Gabe Newell spoke at LinuxCon and teased a living room hardware announcement that would be coming soon. On Friday, a new page appeared on the Steam website with a countdown expiring today that states "the Steam universe is expanding in 2014." Today, we know one of the three surprises.
SteamOS is the first piece of the puzzle. Valve has developed its own Linux-based operating environment that the developer claims improves graphical performance. The studio is now targeting improved audio and reduced gamepad latency, all for an operating system that is designed to function in a living room setting.
In addition to being a native environment that Valve says developers are already targeting devices running SteamOS can stream from PC and Mac. Without naming partners, Valve has also disclosed that common media streaming apps will be on-hand, also. The operating system will build upon the recently announced Steam Family Sharing program and allow a number of user profiles with segmented libraries to appear, aiding in parental control.
Valve is making SteamOS free for users and freely licensable for hardware manufacturers. Two more announcements are coming this week, with the next on Wednesday at 1 PM Eastern.
Our TakeThe SteamOS is no doubt phase one of a Valve hardware announcement. Sure, making the OS licensable for free to manufacturers is smart, but leading the way with a homegrown device will seed adoption. If SteamOS is the first announcement, and hardware is one of the other two, I have strong suspicions that a killer app is the third.
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The next announcement sounds huge. Come on Wednesday hurry up!
Cool Room Cardboard.
notice game this mean never see linux think "steam" in PC or Mac see?
I'm gonna hold off on any snap judgements until I see all three of Valve's announcements.
Hmm, hmm, hmm. . . this'll be a fascinating puzzle to unravel for sure. Valve knows how to tease fans' brains for sure.
If the third announcement is Half Life 3, that would be really cool.
O = SteamOS, [O ] = Steambox, O+O = Steam Network? Skynet?
Color me confused but what does this all mean?
Unless they show off some hardware, I'm afraid this doesn't concern me.
I'm interested, but I doubt I will ever use Steam. I'm not a big fan of digital.
I expect the 3rd announcement to be the sequel to everyone's favorite valve game, Richochet.
Another Linux distro, ready to be ignored.
Steam box will be next then finally left 4 dead 3
I need a lot more information. For one, when it 'streams from mac and pc' , does that mean that both operating systems must be running? In that case, is there performance loss?
I use osx for work and windows for games. If I could replace windows with SteamOS and still play the same games, I'd try it.