Last year when Valve unveiled Steam for Linux, only few would have thought how far Valve will go with it. It only looked like Valve was bringing games to Linux but with today’s announcement of SteamOS, Valve is actually taking Linux to gaming world. When I look back, I find Valve did hint a little in LinuxCon last week when Valve co-founder Gabe Nevell said Linux is the future of gaming.
Valve’s first of the three major announcement this week is SteamOS, a Linux-based gaming operating system designed for the TV, living room and gadget enthusiasts. Rest of the two announcements are expected to follow soon as per this countdown page. The announcement puts emphasis on gaming on big screen:
As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to 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. 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.
Salient Features of Steam OS:
Some of the main features that can be figured from the first announcement are following:
- Stream games from your existing desktop (running Windows, Mac or Linux) to your TV via a SteamOS machine (like XBox or like Chromecast?). Which means you can play your Windows or Mac games.
- Stream music and video with the SteamOS media services. Valve is in touch of many popular media services.
- Share the games you purchase with your friends and family while earning your own achievements and saving your own progress to the cloud.
- Sort of parental control on what titles get seen and by whom.
SteamOS will be free to download for users while it will be available as a freely licensable operating system for manufacturers. Valve also said that most of the great games are already running natively on SteamOS and all the future releases from 2014 will be available natively on SteamOS.
What are your views on SteamOS? Will we be seeing a change in desktop gaming or will it also affect console gaming? Do share your views.