To help facilitate their foray into the living room and propose a more open future for gaming and game development, Valve Software has announced SteamOS, a new operating system built on Linux framework that will soon be released as a free download.
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.
Additionally, Valve has detailed some new key features accompanying the announcement, that will be integral to SteamOS, but also offered to the traditional Windows/Mac/Linux Steam Client: In-home Streaming, Family Sharing, Family Options, and Music, TV, and Movies:
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.
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.
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.
Bold moves from PC gaming's favourite fellows, and two more announcements still to come this week.
Swing by store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/
for more details.