Valve Announces SteamOS
Valve new OS to run on existing PC hardware
by Yvan Zivkovic
©2013 Yvan Zivkovic
A few days ago, we put up a story regarding a teaser page Valve had put up. A lot of people assumed that it might have been the first big reveal of Valve entering the hardware business with what people are calling the ‘Steam Box’.
Today, Valve unveiled the first of their three announcements, but it’s not hardware, it’s software, an operating system to be exact, which they’re aptly calling ‘SteamOS’, a Linux based OS and would be available as a free download to be put on new or existing machines used in the living room. SteamOS would run on a device pulled into your TV, allow access to your current Steam library, play online with friends, and more. Here are some of the announce features for SteamOS:
In-home Streaming - You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have – then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!
Music, TV, Movies - We’re working with many of the media services you know and love. Soon we will begin bringing them online, allowing you to access your favorite music and video with Steam and SteamOS.
Family Sharing - In the past, sharing Steam games with your family members was hard. Now you can share the games you love with the people you love. Family Sharing allows you to take turns playing one another’s games while earning your own Steam achievements and saving your individual game progress to the Steam cloud.
Family Options - The living-room is family territory. That’s great, but you don’t want to see your parents’ games in your library. Soon, families will have more control over what titles get seen by whom, and more features to allow everyone in the house to get the most out of their Steam libraries.
Valve claims that currently, hundreds of games available through Steam are compatible with SteamOS, with more AAA games to be available in the future.
The next of the three announcements from Valve is set to be unveiled on the 25th of September at 10AM PT.
©2013 Yvan Zivkovic
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