Sep 24, 2013

What’s the purpose of SteamOS?

Steam is great, but I can’t quite figure out the purpose of the just announced SteamOS. Steam described it as a “free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.” What does that mean, that it’s for something like Ouya or Roku, or that it is a gaming oriented OS for the PC that you hook up to your nice big flat screen TV?

What is the SteamOS Game Operating System?

"If you've been following game developer Valve's announcements this week, then you know that the company is planning a new operating system called SteamOS, a number of new machines to run it and a controller specialized for Steam.

Running a SteamOS system is not quite as straightforward as buying a new game console, or even gaming on a Windows PC or Mac. If you're scratching your head over the system's niceties, inner workings and possible benefits, look no further: Tom's Guide has provided answers in a convenient Q&A format."

:I think it is probably meant to be an OS for Steambox that is “lean and mean,” optimized for online gaming and stability above everything else. Also, it is an Linux based OS, so developers won’t really have a difficult time getting comfortable with it.

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