Valve’s digital distribution client, Steam, has easily become the biggest source for games on PC. Now they aim to take on consoles for space in the living room as they’ve announce their own Linux-based operating system called SteamOS.
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. 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.
The main feature of the OS is in-home streaming in which players can stream their games over their home network onto living room televisions. Steam OS also includes the streaming of music, movies, and television shows to their televisions.
Another big feature is the family sharing plan. Sound familiar? That’s because this feature used to be on the Xbox One until Microsoft changed the policies of the console. In this feature you can download a game for up to 10 family members/close friends and use it as long as they’re not playing it. So it’s kind of like borrowing from someone, but online.You can see all of the information regarding the sharing plan here. All of these features will also be available on the regular steam client.
There is a bit of confusion regarding the new OS as you can already play steam games on your TV via HDMI or even using a VGA converter. One upside to Steam OS is there will be one less cord to trip over. We will see if they will address this confusion in the future as more info comes out. There is no clear date regarding the release, but Valve says it will be available “soon”.
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