SteamOS beta now supports AMD graphics cards

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The latest beta of Valve's Linux-based operating system SteamOS adds support for AMD graphics cards, the company has announced.

The specific version of AMD's Catalyst graphics card driver is 13.11 Beta 9.9, according to the update notes. Possible bugs with this version of SteamOS, which is very much in beta state right now, include "tearing and poor overlay performance in-game," according to Valve's Pierre-Loup Griffais.

SteamOS has also recently been updated to include support for Intel graphics chips. Previously, the upcoming OS only supported Nvidia graphics cards.

Valve's living-room-focused Steam Machines include SteamOS out of the box, and Valve has debuted the initial range of third-party machines this week during tech trade show CES 2014. For more information on the current crop of Steam Machines, check out GameSpot's roundup.

SteamOS is still in development, and while it's free to download and install, it's not recommended for any PC owner who lacks in confidence.

Discussion

74 comments
Vydia Bhaene
Vydia Bhaene

it was a given to happen. it's not news. for it to not happen would be tantamount to them cutting off their nose simply to spite their face

Marc Boggio
Marc Boggio

Is it really that crazy an idea? If steamboxes are being announced with specs nearly identical to PS4/XB1, all the need to do is make a SteamOS portal for the consoles (like a dual boot) and bam, steam taps in on the console market through the back door. Valve would find a way to turn their competition into assets to grow their audience and when the modern steam library starts outpacing the consoles in a few years, some of those gamers may buy a gaming PC to keep up with Steam, rather than wait for the PS5 (or Xbox...Two?)

Cirno Yousei
Cirno Yousei

Convince me that the Steam Machines don't need AAA console releases.

Daniel Stanford
Daniel Stanford

Sam Ndokoshothis isn't for you then. No one is forcing you to use it. There are a lot of people that want this and are excited for this.

Sam Ndokosho
Sam Ndokosho

I really have no interest in this. I game on Pc, and already can play on my TV if I want. No need for this

Dale Runkle
Dale Runkle

I'm looking forward to this, and the new Steam Machines!

Rory Kelly
Rory Kelly

I would say it's pretty important news to people who couldn't install Steam OS on their amd machine before this.

Rory Kelly
Rory Kelly

Believe it or not windows 8 actually has better performance than windows 7, and they fixed a lot of the things that annoyed people in 8.1

Rory Kelly
Rory Kelly

It's an OS so you can install it as a second operating system on your PC. Though not right now as the beta version does not support dual booting(at least not without awkward work arounds). But once they fix up the installer it will be possible.

Vydia Bhaene
Vydia Bhaene

brilliant idea since both XBrick and PS4 run AMD... why is this news....

Simon Corbett Bsc
Simon Corbett Bsc

I'll stick with Windows..............we already have Steam app so kind of pointless having a SteamOS -_-

Marc Boggio
Marc Boggio

You can run windows as an application on a Mac- why not have a SteamOS portal on the consoles so we don't have to buy another box?

Marc Boggio
Marc Boggio

Tell me I can run SteamOS on a PS4 or Xbox One like Netflix and I may get VERY interested in this whole thing

Mark Butler
Mark Butler

i would rather put windows 7 on it than windows 8 though

Cameron Lale
Cameron Lale

Quick google search leads to a steam forum conversation that says you can. And can also dual boot if you wish.

Andre Oliva
Andre Oliva

^I second that. I could not use Linux.

George Orozco
George Orozco

Can someone PLEASE! tell me if I can change the OS on a Steam Machine ? like for ex W8

Keno Gabriel
Keno Gabriel

Needs more time, based Gaben i believe you!

rarson
rarson

Why would anyone want to load SteamOS on a machine that relies on Intel graphics? The drivers probably don't even work.


Short rant, 80% of the time when I go to a manufacturer's web site and download the Intel drivers made specifically for my customer's model of computer, I run the installer only to be told the hardware is not supported. LULZdrivers, Intel! Goddamn, do I hate Intel drivers!

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Most developers will get with the SteamOS program since there is really no real reason or incentive to stay with windows game develpment and more benefits to developing on SteamOS.

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

Well isn't that a puny way to start off an article.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

So only games that support linux will be playable.  Games that are directx only won't be playable I assume.  Also, I have to wonder if mantle is supported and if so then it might even be a good way for AMD to push that API.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Excellent.   Competition will help keep prices in check.

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

Ahhh its too much hassle at the moment to try out SteamOs. Dual booting is not officially supported so you have to go about it arse ways in order to work it out.

megakick
megakick

Great idea make more headaches for publishers... Why do you think consoles are so popular? easier to program, one requirement.


small print

XBOX ONE requirement: own a XBOX ONE

rarson
rarson

@lonesamurai1 

Right, there's no incentive to stay with Windows development. Except for the volume of installed customer base. And the programming tools. And the OS support. And the decades of development experience. Nope, no incentive at all.

xcollector
xcollector

@dribblesbarbax Isn't steam OS just big picture mode? Steam os uses Debian 7. All you have to do is install Debian 7 & the steam client. Or you could install any other linux distro & the steam client and then just run the steam client in big picture mode.

xcollector
xcollector

@rarson @lonesamurai1 There will be plenty incentive when Microsoft fully converts to a "software as a service" company, pushes everything to the cloud, requires a yearly subscription fee just to use the os to use everything else you had to buy through their app store that MS also gets a cut of from the dev's profit. Don't fool your self. The 'open' windows we loved from yesteryears is dead. Microsoft wants to be more like Apple, only probably worse.

rarson
rarson

@xcollector

I believe it's a bit more than that, a distro somewhat optimized for gaming. So performance with SteamOS should be a bit better than through the standard Linux client. Which is the entire point of SteamOS (the performance benefit).

godfather830
godfather830

@soccerpzn@megakick No, he's right. I'm a PC gamer, but this is really the biggest drawback of PC gaming.


Most of us like to tinker with our PCs, so it's no problem at all. But you won't reach a wider audience with this. You'll just cannibalize your business.

megakick
megakick

@soccerpzn@megakick Nope... It is a lot easier to program games for consoles PC have 1000's of hardware configurations, a console has one. If STEAMOS becomes as complicated as a PC it will probably fail.


Console is easier for the consumer and the developer. So If I am wrong please explain why consoles are so popular?

rarson
rarson

@Pyrosa

It is from a software support standpoint. But I'm sure that will come in time.

What's important is how it's better than Windows. And in that respect, SteamOS should offer a significant performance benefit (at least that's what I'm hoping). Another benefit, of course, is no license fee. I probably won't ditch Windows, but I wouldn't mind dual-booting and might even build a SteamOS-only machine if developers support it. At this point, I still think it's very much wait-and-see but I expect with so many manufacturers offering hardware that the developer support will come.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@godfather830@soccerpzn@megakickI'd say "split", not cannibalize.   Don't forget that they're still on the software delivery side, and many SteamPlay licenses are transferable from PC-Mac-Linux for the same title.   They've actually done about as good a job on the strategic side as they could for this.


Or in other words, "the Steambox/SteamOS environment isn't any WORSE  than Windows already is."  ;)

megakick
megakick

@rarson@megakick A games need to be programed to use the hardware. That is there GAMES optimized for NVIDIA or RADEON...

rarson
rarson

@megakick

"If STEAMOS becomes as complicated as a PC it will probably fail."

Does not compute. A PC is a box. An operating system is a piece of software. SteamOS is an operating system that runs on PCs. You're comparing hardware to software.