Valve announces SteamOS, will be available as a free download
Authored by Williams Pelegrin
In its three-part reveal on its website, Valve announced SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system for “living room machines.”
Valve designed SteamOS with a strong focus on the TV and the living room, and there are four new features that are focused on the living room, the first of which being in-home streaming. Any Steam games that you have on your Windows or Mac machines can be streamed to your SteamOS machine using your home network. As such, it seems that experiences will vary based on how fast your home network is.
The second feature involves music, TV, and movies. Valve is working with media services “we all know and love,” so we can safely say that we’ll see video services such as Netflix and Hulu, as well as audio services such as Spotify and Rdio.
The third feature is Family Sharing. Announced earlier this month as a Steam feature, Family Sharing allows Steam users to allow access to their library of games to family members and close friends. Currently, Family Sharing is in beta.
Finally, the fourth feature is more versatile family options. Since SteamOS is aimed at the living room, the operating system will allow families to have greater control over what games can be seen by whom, as well as “more features to allow everyone in the house to get the most out of their Steam libraries.”
SteamOS will be available as a standalone free download for users and as a freely licensable operating system for manufacturers. From the sound of it, it seems like the “Steam Box” will not just be one machine, but multiple machines that different manufacturers can create. By that logic, there will be multiple “Steam Boxes.”
Valve will release more news on Wednesday, so stay tuned for more.