SteamOS Is Coming!
Yes, you heard me right people, the gaming giantÂ Steam is bringing out their very own operating system – SteamOS, which will be totally free, and based on Linux. Now if this isn’t awesome news, then I don’t know what is!
What Is SteamOS?
SteamOS is basically an official Linux distribution that is being produced in-house by the Steam developers. The whole OS has a focus on gaming (obviously), as well as media sharing and streaming. Think of it as working like a really awesome XBox that you can install for free. Pretty. Damn. Cool.
According to the SteamOS mini-site, work is already well under way, and they have already managed to achieveÂ “significant performance increases in graphics processing”Â and the they are now working on doing the same thing for audio.
SteamOS In Your Living Room
The premise of SteamOS is to have it running on living room based machines, so not only can it be used to play all of your favourite games, you can also stream a raft of multimedia content, like music, films, and TV. They go on to say:
Weâ€™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.
Not only that, but the new SteamOS will allow you to turn on your current gaming rig, and stream your game directly to your SteamOS device. So you don’t need to worry about having to buy another gaming rig, SteamOS has you covered.
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!
Back in December, Steam was launched across the board for all Ubuntu users, but I have to say that I really didn’t see this coming. It makes sense to me that SteamOS will be based off of Ubuntu, but there is no indication on the SteamOS site to confirm this. There is also no news of a release date, however, what the Steam team have confirmed is that SteamOS will be “downloadable soon, and free forever”.
I personally can’t wait to give SteamOS a try at home. I can really see this being a brilliant, open source replacement for my Xbox 360, and not to mention all those people who only keep a Windows partition for gaming. What about you guys? Will you be installing SteamOS when it’s released?
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