Published on September 23rd, 2013 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
SteamOS Announced, Living Room Awesomeness Ensues
“Thousands of games, millions of users. Everything you love about Steam. Available soon as a free operating system designed for the TV and the living room.”
If there’s one thing the PC gaming community has been expecting, well, it’s something innovative and new from Valve. Other than the talks of the media-coined “Steambox” and “Half-Life 3,” there wasn’t much else that fans have really been longing for. Valve on the other hand delivered something today that PC gamers didn’t know they wanted, until now.
The SteamOS offers a Linux based environment to further support the Steam atmosphere. Meaning, the use of Steam Big Picture and bringing the PC from a desk to a more comfortable setting in the living room is now easier. A free operating system to streamline your gaming experience? Yes, please.
So, how exactly are they going to make this easier? There are four focuses that the new operating system is looking to tackle straight from the website:
- In-home Streaming
You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have – then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!
- Music, TV, Movies
We’re working with many of the media services you know and love. Soon we will begin bringing them online, allowing you to access your favorite music and video with Steam and SteamOS.
- Family Sharing
In the past, sharing Steam games with your family members was hard. Now you can share the games you love with the people you love. Family Sharing allows you to take turns playing one another’s games while earning your own Steam achievements and saving your individual game progress to the Steam cloud.
- Family Options
The living-room is family territory. That’s great, but you don’t want to see your parents’ games in your library. Soon, families will have more control over what titles get seen by whom, and more features to allow everyone in the house to get the most out of their Steam libraries.
Editor’s Note: It’s not like we didn’t 100-percent see this coming. Steam has proven to be the most cost-effective way to game on the PC. The community is growing exponentially, and with the line being further blurred between console and PC, it was only a matter of time before the experience started to change.
It’s safe to say that Microsoft and Sony started to do more of this cross-platform experience with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Both consoles had access to your PC content via media servers. However, Valve is instead going from PC to a Console-esque environment, which, in terms of its prior business practices, I’m all for it.
Visit the official SteamOS site for more details.