Valve have announced they will be releasing a brand new Linux-based operating software (OS) that they hope will bring the Steam platform into the living room as well as on PC/Mac and Linux.
In a press release, Valve said “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.”
The failing PC and home computer sales has prompted this decision, showing Valve that the place for Steam is in the living room with an OS (Operating System) built around it from the ground up.
Valve have outlined 4 main features of the OS:
- In-Home Streaming: A machine running SteamOS will be able to stream games running on your existing computer to your TV.
- Family Sharing: As Valve previously teased, multiple people will be able to take turns playing games within a single Steam account while earning their own achievements and saving their own progress to the cloud.
- Media Services: Valve says it’s working with “many of the media services you know and love,” to allow “access to your favourite music and video with Steam and SteamOS.”
- Family Options: Families will “have more control over what titles get seen by whom,” likely implying some sort of parental control system.
Valve has said that Steam OS will be available “soon” for a free download for users and a free licensable OS for manufacturers.
For more info look here: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/09/23/valve-reveals-linux-based-steamos
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