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SteamOS Announced

The countdown on the Steam Living Room page has concluded, and this page has details on SteamOS, "available soon as a free operating system designed for the TV and the living room," the promised announcement about Valve's future plans for Linux and Steam. This is the first of three planned announcements on the topic, so expect more to come in about 48 hours when the next countdown concludes. Here's word:

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.

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30. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:40 SpectralMeat
 
ItBurn wrote on Sep 23, 2013, 14:33:
ldonyo wrote on Sep 23, 2013, 14:29:
I brought Steam to my living room two years ago when I hooked my gaming PC to my home theater. It's been working fantastically ever since!

Exactly. Why deal with the several headaches of using this new OS if things already work great.
Because not everyone wants to bring their gaming PC to the living room
 
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29. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:40 Verno
 
The streaming thing could be very promising if it works with minimal latency, also neatly solves many compatibility issues.

Exactly. Why deal with the several headaches of using this new OS if things already work great.

They're building for a very nebulous future where they might be welcome due to platform lock-in from owners with app stores and etc. It's not just about dealing with right now, this is bet hedging.
 
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28. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:33 ItBurn
 
ldonyo wrote on Sep 23, 2013, 14:29:
I brought Steam to my living room two years ago when I hooked my gaming PC to my home theater. It's been working fantastically ever since!

Exactly. Why deal with the several headaches of using this new OS if things already work great.
 
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27. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:29 ldonyo
 
I brought Steam to my living room two years ago when I hooked my gaming PC to my home theater. It's been working fantastically ever since!  
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26. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:25 vrok
 
BicycleRepairMan wrote on Sep 23, 2013, 14:15:
vrok wrote on Sep 23, 2013, 14:00:
While in-house streaming of games is a cool feature, I don't see the point in TV/living room gaming in the first place. I spend all my entertainment money on my desktop PC for a reason. Why would I want to replace an optimal setup with sub-par stuff like a TV, sofa, gamepad and/or wireless keyboard/mouse?

What I really want from them is a desktop hardcore gaming Linux flavor.
Well, since SteamOS seems to be linux-based, and judging from the marketing, runs games better than windows, this announcement would be one giant nail in the windows-game-coffin.. IOW, if you want to make a game in the future, build it for SteamOS first.. Unless, well if you build a SteamOS* only game, it wont run on Windows-steam?

BTW: SteamOS, or for short: SOS. I'm sure rescue workers/orgs worldwide is thrilled to have the universal distress signal confused with a gaming platform
Call me pessimistic, but I think it's more probable that developers/publishers wouldn't care in the slightest about supporting SteamOS and simply tell you to stream it to SteamOS if you really want to play their game on it. Cater to the largest market with minimal effort and all that.
 
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25. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:21 NegaDeath
 
Credit where its due for being ambitious but this does nothing for me. I'd rather they work on resolving long standing issues with the steam client.  
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24. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:19 SpectralMeat
 
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23. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:16 Tumbler
 
This is very exciting. I have a desktop pc that I"m not currently using. I look forward to wiping it and installing this on it.  
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22. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:15 BicycleRepairMan
 
vrok wrote on Sep 23, 2013, 14:00:
While in-house streaming of games is a cool feature, I don't see the point in TV/living room gaming in the first place. I spend all my entertainment money on my desktop PC for a reason. Why would I want to replace an optimal setup with sub-par stuff like a TV, sofa, gamepad and/or wireless keyboard/mouse?

What I really want from them is a desktop hardcore gaming Linux flavor.
Well, since SteamOS seems to be linux-based, and judging from the marketing, runs games better than windows, this announcement would be one giant nail in the windows-game-coffin.. IOW, if you want to make a game in the future, build it for SteamOS first.. Unless, well if you build a SteamOS* only game, it wont run on Windows-steam?

BTW: SteamOS, or for short: SOS. I'm sure rescue workers/orgs worldwide is thrilled to have the universal distress signal confused with a gaming platform
 
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21. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:05 BicycleRepairMan
 
"Watch for announcements in the coming weeks about all the AAA titles coming natively to SteamOS in 2014"

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20. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:00 vrok
 
While in-house streaming of games is a cool feature, I don't see the point in TV/living room gaming in the first place. I spend all my entertainment money on my desktop PC for a reason. Why would I want to replace an optimal setup with sub-par stuff like a TV, sofa, gamepad and/or wireless keyboard/mouse?

What I really want from them is a desktop hardcore gaming Linux flavor.

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19. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:00 ItBurn
 
I have no idea why someone would use this. Why would I install and figure out this new OS that does a lot LESS, when I can already just use Steam on Windows? Plus, I own no Linux games.  
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18. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 14:00 MajorD
 

It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.

Will the box (living room machine) be the next detailed 'planned announcement'? And what, Half-Life 3 'planned announcement' #3? 3 and 3, it makes sense, but yeah I know, wishful thinking.

 
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17. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 13:51 Xil
 
its bascily the Vita TV but then for PC's

stream your windows/mac steam games to the thing to play them on your TV and install your linux steam games on them (as the OS is linux based) so no need to stream those.
 
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16. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 13:46 nin
 
El Pit wrote on Sep 23, 2013, 13:43:
If they can make ALL windows games run on it, I will be very interested. If it's more like "turn your pc into a console and plug in a console controller", then I have to stay with Windows. But that's just my decision and opinion.

Depends on what the render is. openGl shouldn't be hard. But DX? I thought I'd heard of some hack workaround, but I admit I've not researched/tried it.


 
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15. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 13:46 LittleMe
 
Yeah the focus needs to be on PC desktop gaming firstly since that's exactly what Steam is best at right now. Once they have the desktop PC gaming nailed then they can go for the casual living room gamer. Small steps...  
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14. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 13:43 El Pit
 
If they can make ALL windows games run on it, I will be very interested. If it's more like "turn your pc into a console and plug in a console controller", then I have to stay with Windows. But that's just my decision and opinion.

EDIT: Just read it. This won't be the case. To play Windows games, I will have to start one computer with windows and stream it to another pc running Steam OS. So, sorry, but not interested right now. This thing could and SHOULD evolve, though.

EDIT2: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! There it is: a hideous console controller next to the cat in the picture. Keyboard and mouse or GO AWAY! Not only cats love mice, you know.

http://cdn3.store.steampowered.com/public/images/promo/livingroom/home_bg.jpg

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13. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 13:43 Techie714 ©
 
Nice! I'm excited  
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12. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 13:41 Jago
 
This may be a dumb question, but what hardware will it need to run?  
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11. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 13:40 SpectralMeat
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 23, 2013, 13:34:
Now if they were doing a full OS that meant we didn't have to deal with MS ever again then I'd be excited.
Maybe that is their second announcement
Seriously though, if this works out for them I don't see why they wouldn't release a full OS for the desktop.
My desktop PC at home is pretty much exclusively used for gaming and some web browsing, so a SteamOS type of deal would be awesome for that.
 
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