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Valve announces SteamOS

On September 24, 2013 by Aaron Meehan

Valve has today announced “SteamOS”, a new free operating system built around bringing Steam into the living room and onto the big screen.

According to Valve, “SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.”

One of the major aspects of the SteamOS is provide PC gaming in the living room, but according to the SteamOS information page the operation system will help improve gaming performance Valve stating they have achieved “significant performance increases in graphics processing” and currently targeting “audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level.”

Valve has also stated that it will be a cooperating system, with the OS being a “collaborative many-to-many entertainment platform, in which each participant is a multiplier of the experience for everyone else. With SteamOS, “openness” means that the hardware industry can iterate in the living room at a much faster pace than they’ve been able to. Content creators can connect directly to their customers.”

Finally Valve has outlined four main new Steam features for SteamOS and the current Steam client. These new features include: in-house steaming, music, TV, movie services, family sharing, and family options. You can find a detailed description of these four features on the SteamOS information page.

If  the announcement of a SteamOS wasn’t enough, Valve will be make two additional announcement which relate to steam later this week.

Source: SteamOS information page

Author: Aaron Meehan

Hi, I’m the creator of SG Gaming Info. When I’m not working on my writing or creating content for this site’s YouTube channel, I like to relax and enjoy character driven story games.


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