Operating system combines Linux with Steam
Valve has revealed SteamOS, an operating system designed by the company.
The first of three announcements, with the rest being made later this week, SteamOS is Valve’s own operating system built around Steam, the company’s digital distribution platform. SteamOS combines Linux architecture with Steam and will be a free to download stand-alone operating system for users.
According to a Valve spokesperson, SteamOS has achieved “significant performance increase in graphics processing” with plans to focus on audio performance and reduce input latency at the OS level.
The spokesperson said, “Steam is not a one-way content broadcast channel. It’s 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.
“Users can alter or replace any part of the software or hardware they want. Gamers are empowered to join in the creation of the games they love.”
Valve detailed four of SteamOS’s features. In-home streaming will allow users to play their Windows and Mac games on their SteamOS machine by streaming the games over the home network. Music, TV, and movies will be made available as Valve works with many, although undisclosed, media services. SteamOS will also allow the recently announced Family Sharing, which is currently in beta, that allows friends and family full access to a Steam user’s games library. The last new feature is being called Family Options that appears to be a content control option that gives users the ability to choose what titles are seen and by whom.
In addition to these features SteamOS will also retain all the regular features that Steam users have access to, such as the Workshop, cloud storage, and their friend’s list.
No date has been provided as to when consumers will be able to download the new OS but Steam stated that it will be downloadable soon as well as that more information will be provided in the coming days.
The next announcement Valve is set to make will occur at 13:00 EST on September 25.