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Valve Announces SteamOS, A Living Room Operating System For Games

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    Valve announces SteamOS, a living room operating system for games | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Sean Hollister - Sept. 23, 2013

    Valve is done teasing. Today, Valve has revealed SteamOS, its own operating system based on Linux, designed for living room gaming PCs. It's the first step towards Valve's Steam Box, its vision for an open video game console. It combines Steam's preeminent video game digital distribution platform with a user interface designed for TVs, all on top of the Linux platform. It will also be free.


    "It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines," according to the company.


    AAA GAME DEVELOPERS ARE ALREADY ON BOARD


    Incredibly, Valve says that major game devleopers are already on board with Linux, and will be building triple-A game titles that will run natively on SteamOS in 2014. However, SteamOS boxes will also have a workaround for the huge existing library of Windows games: in-home streaming. Not unlike the Nvidia Shield, it will include a method for wirelessly streaming games from your existing gaming computer to your TV, which Valve says will also come to the regular Steam client at some point in the future.


    Also coming to both Steam and SteamOS: streaming video and music services. "We're working with many of the media services you know and love," Valve writes.
     
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    Valve?s open SteamOS will challenge the status quo for PCs and consoles | GamesBeat (click for full article)

    September 23, 2013 10:27 AM
    by Dean Takahashi


    -- Just like that, Valve is challenging Microsoft and other console makers on a host of fronts in the gaming business with the announcement of SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system focused on games and entertainment.

    While Valve is known as both the creator of Steam digital distribution platform and the maker of blockbuster games like Portal and Half-Life, it has also staked out its claim as the steward for a community of hardcore game fans who want openness. As such, it represents a very credible threat to Microsoft, which is often viewed with suspicion in that community for having corporate interests at its heart.

    If Valve can marshal community support for the SteamOS, through the grassroots from the bottom up, it could loosen the grip that Microsoft and other console makers have on hardcore game fans in the living room. And if Valve gets gamers, it could very well get fans of TV and music as well.


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    Another competitor for Google TV?
     
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    Valve Steam Machines gaming desktops coming in 2014, limited beta starts sooner - Liliputing (click for full article)

    by Brad Linder - Sept. 25, 2013

    -- Valve introduced a new operating system called SteamOS this week. It's a Linux-based operating system designed to bring games and media to the living room. But you need a decent computer to do that.

    Enter Steam Machines. Valve says it's working with hardware partners to deliver a variety of gaming machines in 2014. But to kick things off, Valve is taking applications for folks interested in testing a prototype.
     
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    Valve's Steam Controller rethinks gamepads, coming to Steam Machines next year - Liliputing (click for full article)

    by Brad Linder - Sept. 27, 2013

    Valve plans to launch a platform that could change the face of PC gaming in 2014. SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system designed for PC gaming in the living room. Users will be able to access thousands of games through the Steam Platform while sitting on a couch.

    Meanwhile, the company is partnering with hardware makers to deliver a range of computers with Steam OS preloaded. They'll be called Steam Machines, and a limited beta will launch later this year for a few hundred testers.

    So how do you control PC games on your TV? Valve has unveiled the last piece of the puzzle: a Steam Controller.
     
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    Steam's new Discovery Update makes it easier to find games you actually want | The Verge (click for full article)

    Valve lets you curate games for friends, family, and strangers

    By Cassandra Khaw on September 23, 2014 07:00 am @casskhaw

    -- After discreetly tweaking its overall look, swapping some of its obsidian palette for varying shades of deep blue, Steam has launched its Discovery Update. The redesign introduces a brand new store front, along with a barrage of features intended to help streamline its cluttered portfolio of games.

    Beginning today, users will see personalized recommendations based on their past purchases, recent playtime, and suggestions from their friends. It is also now possible to follow "Steam Curators," individuals or organizations that have volunteered to become tastemakers for the community. Although just about anyone can assume the mantle, only those who have made at least 10 recommendations will be listed for the public to find.

    Read more at: Steam's new Discovery Update makes it easier to find games you actually want | The Verge
     

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