Valve Unveils the Steam Operating System

SteamOS

This week, Valve will be outlining its plan for Steam living room domination. This vision will be laid out in three different updates at store.steampowered.com/livingroom, starting with today’s first announcement, followed by a second update on Wednesday, leading up to Friday and what is expected to be the full unveiling of the “Steam Box” hardware Valve has been teasing for some time now.

Valve lays the groundwork for its living room vision by today announcing SteamOS, an operating system designed for the television and living room, building from the Big Picture UI. SteamOS is a combination of the existing Steam platform with Linux architecture, making for an open system which will allow for unparalleled iteration, collaboration, customization and innovation within the living room gaming space.

Both Steam and SteamOS will introduce four new features to that end, including family game sharing, parental controls, connectivity with undisclosed media services to make music, movies and TV accessible within Steam, and the biggie, in-home streaming, which will allow users to stream Windows and Mac titles from their regular PC to their SteamOS system over their home wireless network.

SteamOS will be available soon as a standalone operating system, freely downloadable for users and licensable for hardware manufacturers.

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