Steam Will Become an Operating System
Article by George Norman
On 26 Sep 2013
Valve recently announced that Steam will become an operating system. SteamOS will be offered for free and will feature all the games you love.

And since SteamOS is based on the bulletproof Linux architecture, it will provide a rock solid gaming experience.


Great news for gamers and the Linux community comes from Valve co-founder and executive director Gabe Newell. The news is that Valve is working on a Linux-based operating system designed for the living room and TV: SteamOS. The operating system will be released in the near future, we just don’t know precisely when. We do know though that it will provide access to tons of games and all the other features you love about Steam.

“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,” said Valve. “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.”

Steam OS Main Features
  • Operating system designed for the TV and the living room.
  • You have easy access to thousands of games.
  • Of course, you can still keep in touch with all your friends.
  • Play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine.
  • Access your favorite music and video with Steam and SteamOS.
  • The operating system is based on the rock-solid architecture of Linux.

Learn more about SteamOS by following this link.

As mentioned above, SteamOS is a free operating system that is designed for the TV and the living room. By bringing up the living room, I want to bring up another Valve announcement. The company announced it is working on Steam Machines, a powerful new category of living room hardware. These new Steam gaming machines will run SteamOS and will hit the market in 2014.

Learn more about Steam Machines here.

Tags: Valve, Steam, SteamOS, Steam Machines, games
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