Valve announces SteamOS, a living room operating system for games

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 televisions and the Linux platform. It will also be free.

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

According to the company, 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 Windows and Mac OS X games:…

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