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What is SteamOS? - Steam Games. SteamOS, Valve's specialized gaming operating system, is gearing up for a full release, and should be widely available before the end of the year.

What is SteamOS? - Steam Games

The developing OS is a curious beast: It's optimized for PC gaming but doesn't run some of the most popular PC games. On the other hand, SteamOS is lightweight and straightforward, and Valve hopes the system will bring PC gaming into the living room just like its console counterparts. If you have questions about SteamOS, Tom's Guide has answers. SteamOS announced by Valve, a free operating system "available soon" for living room PCs. Following up on its enigmatic announcement-of-an-announcement last week, Valve has unveiled SteamOS , a free stand-alone operating system “for living room machines.”

SteamOS announced by Valve, a free operating system "available soon" for living room PCs

The OS “combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen,” according to the announcement. In-house streaming to a TV, similar to what's used in Nvidia's Shield , is a feature of the OS. Valve also emphasizes SteamOS's openness. Users can “can alter or replace any part of the software or hardware they want,” and hardware manufacturers are free to “iterate in the living room at a much faster pace,” setting it apart from console-style closed systems. A vague component of the announcement is Valve's claim to have “achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing” in SteamOS. Check back on Wednesday for the second of three announcements expected from Valve this week.

Story by Tyler Wilde and Evan Lahti. Download SteamOS now — Valve's free Linux-based operating system releases. Put on your boot partitions—the SteamOS beta has released to the public alongside the initiation of its beta program, which will put 300 prototype Steam Machines into the wild.

Download SteamOS now — Valve's free Linux-based operating system releases

For the estimated 7,129,999,700 of us not selected for that program, a living room machine running the new, free, Linux-based OS is still doable, though installing it may require some tinkering—Valve suggests you wait until 2014 unless you're an "intrepid Linux hacker. " Challenge accepted . At the time of writing, Valve has not officially announced that SteamOS 1.0 "Alchemist" is available for download. We expect a page to go live at later today. [Update: it's live.] Unfortunately, that download will most likely fail right now. We'll be playing with SteamOS this weekend, and plan to have impressions and installation tips for you as soon as possible. SteamOS. SteamOS is our Linux-based operating system.


The base system draws from Debian 8, code named Debian Jessie. Our work builds on top of the solid Debian core and optimizes it for a living room experience. Most of all, it is an open Linux platform that leaves you in full control. You can take charge of your system and install new software or content that you want. What are the SteamOS Hardware Requirements? Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor 4GB or more RAM 200GB or larger disk NVIDIA graphics card AMD graphics card (RADEON 8500 and later) Intel graphics USB port for installation UEFI Firmware (recommended) PC gaming is expanding. SteamOS. We've been hard at work to deliver on our promise of a new kind of living room entertainment environment - one that is accessible, powerful and open.


In making SteamOS available to you, we're excited to take the next major step towards that goal. But before you dive in, please take a few minutes to understand what SteamOS is and what it is not. SteamOS is a public release of our Linux-based operating system. The base system draws from Debian 8, code named Debian Jessie. Our work builds on top of the solid Debian core and optimizes it for a living room experience. We expect most SteamOS users to get SteamOS preinstalled on a Steam Machine. Most importantly, SteamOS only supports a certain set of hardware (you can read more in our FAQ). SteamOS. Features[edit] Since SteamOS is designed for playing games, it does not have many built-in functions beyond web browsing and playing games; for example, there is no file manager or image viewer installed by default.


Users can, however, access the available GNOME desktop environment and perform tasks like installing other software.[7] Though the OS does not, in its current form, support streaming services, Valve is in talks with streaming companies such as Spotify and Netflix to bring their features to SteamOS.[8][9] The OS natively supports Nvidia, Intel, and AMD graphics processors.[10][11] Valve stated that they plan to add support for movies, television, and music functionality prior to the consumer release of SteamOS.[12] The current system hardware requirements for SteamOS include:[13] History[edit] Performance[edit] In January 2014, GameSpot compared the performance to games running on Windows using identical hardware and settings with an AMD graphics card and a Nvidia graphics card.