Valve Software made good on its promise to announce something that will change the future of video games, the next project that Valve will release is ‘STEAM OS’. The new operating system will be a free download, made specifically for systems that will play on TVs and living rooms. Valve stated in the announcement, “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.” Called SteamOS, Valve states that the software, “combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen.” This will be a stand-alone operating, Valve stated, “we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases.”
Valve also talked about the SteamOS, “openness” meaning 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. SteamOS will continue to evolve, but will remain an environment designed to foster these kinds of innovation.”
The new software will be available soon in both SteamOS and the Steam client. This will allow customers to play their Windows and Mac games on their 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,” according to Valve.
Valve is also working with “many of the media services you know and love,” so that you can bring music and video with Steam and SteamOS. This will of course also add Valve’s new sharing system, “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.”
SteamOS will be available soon as a free download for users and as a freely licensable operating system for manufacturers. Stay tuned in the coming days for more information.