Steam OS Announced!

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#1 Posted by cfisher2833 (2150 posts) -

Steam is coming to a new operating system

As weve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, weve 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.





Four new Steam features focused on the living room.

Available soon in both SteamOS and the Steam client.

 

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

 

Were 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 anothers 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. Thats great, but you dont 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.

 

http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/

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#2 Posted by Sushiglutton (6995 posts) -
Have no use for it, but good for thos who do.
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#3 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (29732 posts) -

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!


cfisher2833

Purpose defeated.

and Here I was hoping for Valve to release something that doesn't need Windows to Operate.

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#4 Posted by 1080pOnly (2216 posts) -

Really Valve? *sigh*.

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#5 Posted by lostrib (49999 posts) -

[QUOTE="cfisher2833"]

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!


LegatoSkyheart

Purpose defeated.

and Here I was hoping for Valve to release something that doesn't need Windows to Operate.

well not every game works on linux

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#6 Posted by cfisher2833 (2150 posts) -

[QUOTE="cfisher2833"]

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!


LegatoSkyheart

Purpose defeated.

and Here I was hoping for Valve to release something that doesn't need Windows to Operate.

 

The OS itself is Linux based, but it allows you to stream games from your Windows or Mac PC

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#7 Posted by pelvist (7228 posts) -

If the media capabilities are good ill be installing it on my media PCs for the streaming.

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#8 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (29732 posts) -

[QUOTE="LegatoSkyheart"]

[QUOTE="cfisher2833"]

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!


lostrib

Purpose defeated.

and Here I was hoping for Valve to release something that doesn't need Windows to Operate.

well not every game works on linux

yeah, but I was hoping that They found a work around so we don't have to use Windows.

Here we not only have to have a Steam OS device, but we have to have a Windows (or Mac) Computer on for the device to work.

The Purpose is defeated.

Just build a Windows PC and plug it up to your TV.

Steam Box achieved.

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#9 Posted by lostrib (49999 posts) -

[QUOTE="lostrib"]

[QUOTE="LegatoSkyheart"]

Purpose defeated.

and Here I was hoping for Valve to release something that doesn't need Windows to Operate.

LegatoSkyheart

well not every game works on linux

yeah, but I was hoping that They found a work around so we don't have to use Windows.

Here we not only have to have a Steam OS device, but we have to have a Windows (or Mac) Computer on for the device to work.

The Purpose is defeated.

Just build a Windows PC and plug it up to your TV.

Steam Box achieved.

well linux supported games can play straight from the steam OS.  I think the point is for people that have a main PC and then a media PC

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#10 Posted by uninspiredcup (29929 posts) -

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Valve does it again.

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#11 Posted by ShadowriverUB (5515 posts) -

[QUOTE="lostrib"]

[QUOTE="LegatoSkyheart"]

Purpose defeated.

and Here I was hoping for Valve to release something that doesn't need Windows to Operate.

LegatoSkyheart

well not every game works on linux

yeah, but I was hoping that They found a work around so we don't have to use Windows.

Here we not only have to have a Steam OS device, but we have to have a Windows (or Mac) Computer on for the device to work.

The Purpose is defeated.

Just build a Windows PC and plug it up to your TV.

Steam Box achieved.

It will able to play Linux games
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#12 Posted by LA-Nighthawk (335 posts) -
You need to have your Windows based machine turned on for this to operate? Why not just install Windows on your media center PC and play games on that.
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#13 Posted by lostrib (49999 posts) -

You need to have your Windows based machine turned on for this to operate? Why not just install Windows on your media center PC and play games on that.LA-Nighthawk

you need if you want to stream games to Steam OS

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#14 Posted by Netherscourge (16364 posts) -

Is this Steam for Linux?

Or Linux with Steam built-in?

Either way, what's the point if you can still play Steam games over Windows/Mac?

What's the point of this?

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#15 Posted by lostrib (49999 posts) -

Is this Steam for Linux?

Or Linux with Steam built-in?

Either way, what's the point if you can still play Steam games over Windows/Mac?

What's the point of this?

Netherscourge

it's a linux based OS for media PCs/steam box in the living room

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#16 Posted by deactivated-5b69bebd1b0b6 (6176 posts) -

Um.. I have no use for this...  Not with a 11mb download speed any way.  I doubt that would be good enough to stream PC games in HD.  So I guess one of the next few announcements is going to be a SteamBox? 

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#17 Posted by bodde1972 (117 posts) -

Looks awesome...from what Ive read. Lets see how this will turn out :cool:

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#18 Posted by 1080pOnly (2216 posts) -

Well now we know that GabeN hasn't been wasting all of the cash Steam has made on twinkies and doughnuts, instead he's wasted it all on Linux.

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#19 Posted by cfisher2833 (2150 posts) -

Is this Steam for Linux?

Or Linux with Steam built-in?

Either way, what's the point if you can still play Steam games over Windows/Mac?

What's the point of this?

Netherscourge

 

It's a custom OS designed with the Linux kernel that can play Linux games directly or stream games from a Windows/Mac PC to the steambox. 

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#20 Posted by lostrib (49999 posts) -

Um.. I have no use for this...  Not with a 11mb download speed any way.  I doubt that would be good enough to stream PC games in HD.  So I guess one of the next few announcements is going to be a SteamBox? 

Crossel777

you're streaming it locally

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#21 Posted by LA-Nighthawk (335 posts) -

[QUOTE="LA-Nighthawk"]You need to have your Windows based machine turned on for this to operate? Why not just install Windows on your media center PC and play games on that.lostrib

you need if you want to stream games to Steam OS

Will you be able to play different games on both things simultaneously? If so that could be the pretty cool.
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#22 Posted by ShadowriverUB (5515 posts) -

Is this Steam for Linux?

Or Linux with Steam built-in?

Either way, what's the point if you can still play Steam games over Windows/Mac?

What's the point of this?

Netherscourge
Linux distribution probably based on Ubuntu which is based on Debian which runs just Steam
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#23 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (29732 posts) -

well linux supported games can play straight from the steam OS.  I think the point is for people that have a main PC and then a media PC

lostrib

The only good thing I see in this is Steam Sharing.

You have a computer that can play all the latest games, but your Brother, Sister, Cousin or Friend can't.

Load up Steam OS, Oh look you can.

It's Onlive only slightly better.

Still not a great work around since you still need a Windows OS.

It will able to play Linux gamesShadowriverUB

No Duh.

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#24 Posted by 1080pOnly (2216 posts) -

[QUOTE="Crossel777"]

Um.. I have no use for this...  Not with a 11mb download speed any way.  I doubt that would be good enough to stream PC games in HD.  So I guess one of the next few announcements is going to be a SteamBox? 

lostrib

you're streaming it locally

From the Windows PC that might as well be by the TV in the first place.  Let's simplify gaming by adding another OS layer and seperate hardware!

I hope there is more to this as I would like to see Valve succeed in their endeavour...I don't see it though.

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#25 Posted by ghostwarrior786 (5811 posts) -

stupid idea. majority of aaa games are windows and screw streaming but as long as you can install windows on steam box im not bothered

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#26 Posted by lostrib (49999 posts) -

[QUOTE="lostrib"]

[QUOTE="Crossel777"]

Um.. I have no use for this...  Not with a 11mb download speed any way.  I doubt that would be good enough to stream PC games in HD.  So I guess one of the next few announcements is going to be a SteamBox? 

1080pOnly

you're streaming it locally

From the Windows PC that might as well be by the TV in the first place.  Let's simplify gaming by adding another OS layer and seperate hardware!

I hope there is more to this as I would like to see Valve succeed in their endeavour...I don't see it though.

I think it's for people that have a gaming PC and then they have or will have a media PC connected to the TV

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#27 Posted by cfisher2833 (2150 posts) -

[QUOTE="lostrib"]

well linux supported games can play straight from the steam OS.  I think the point is for people that have a main PC and then a media PC

LegatoSkyheart

The only good thing I see in this is Steam Sharing.

You have a computer that can play all the latest games, but your Brother, Sister, Cousin or Friend can't.

Load up Steam OS, Oh look you can.

It's Onlive only slightly better.

Still not a great work around since you still need a Windows OS.

It will able to play Linux gamesShadowriverUB

No Duh.

 

Well, to be fair, it was pretty damn silly of you to think that Valve or anyone for that matter could simply whip up a program that allows games designed for a Windows/DirectX enviornment to function perfectly on Linux with no effort on the part of the developer to port it. 

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#28 Posted by TheShadowLord07 (23083 posts) -

Guess I'm going to have wait a few more years till gaming on a linux os becomes an actual thing.

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#29 Posted by ShadowriverUB (5515 posts) -

[QUOTE="lostrib"]

well linux supported games can play straight from the steam OS.  I think the point is for people that have a main PC and then a media PC

LegatoSkyheart

The only good thing I see in this is Steam Sharing.

You have a computer that can play all the latest games, but your Brother, Sister, Cousin or Friend can't.

Load up Steam OS, Oh look you can.

It's Onlive only slightly better.

Still not a great work around since you still need a Windows OS.

It will able to play Linux gamesShadowriverUB

No Duh.

You DONT NEED windows, there linux games libery on steam that is growing
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#30 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (29732 posts) -

Well, to be fair, it was pretty damn silly of you to think that Valve or anyone for that matter could simply whip up a program that allows games designed for a Windows/DirectX enviornment to function perfectly on Linux with no effort on the part of the developer to port it. 

cfisher2833

You think it can't be done?

For a Program for Linux to be coded to trick the File thinking it's on a Windows when no Windows OS is used?

We have freakin' Dos Box man.

It's only a matter of time.

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#31 Posted by Zaibach (13466 posts) -

 

Thats so dumb, but the valve nutthuggers will lap it up

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#32 Posted by edidili (3449 posts) -

and Here I was hoping for Valve to release something that doesn't need Windows to Operate.

LegatoSkyheart

You were hoping for magic or something? They're still windows games. You can't get rid of the OS without getting rid of its games.

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#33 Posted by Harisemo (4133 posts) -

meh! let me guess the controller will be the second announcment and SteamOS dongle the third one.

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#34 Posted by LA-Nighthawk (335 posts) -
The streaming thing is kind of cool but how many people will actually use it? I don't think many PC gamers share their homes with people who also happen to be interested in hardcore PC gaming but don't own one.
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#35 Posted by menes777 (2643 posts) -

[QUOTE="Netherscourge"]

Is this Steam for Linux?

Or Linux with Steam built-in?

Either way, what's the point if you can still play Steam games over Windows/Mac?

What's the point of this?

lostrib

it's a linux based OS for media PCs/steam box in the living room

What do you suppose is Valve's ultimate goal with this?  

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#36 Posted by Phazevariance (12331 posts) -

[QUOTE="cfisher2833"]

Purpose defeated.

and Here I was hoping for Valve to release something that doesn't need Windows to Operate.

LegatoSkyheart

well not every game works on linux

yeah, but I was hoping that They found a work around so we don't have to use Windows.

Here we not only have to have a Steam OS device, but we have to have a Windows (or Mac) Computer on for the device to work.

The Purpose is defeated.

Just build a Windows PC and plug it up to your TV.

Steam Box achieved.

Except not everyone wants a pC in their living room, or in my case, i have a laptop on my TV for media (XBMC) and all the pwoer for gaming is in my PC int eh basement office. Now I can play my games on my TV updtairs without having to lug my PC up. Totalyl worth it just for that feature, and further, now devs will want to make their games steamOS compatible, thus games will now start being developed more for Linux. I'm sure if they work on steamOS they will work on other linux distros too, so this is the first step to getting away from Windows as agaming platform.
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#37 Posted by sandeep410 (1180 posts) -

Gabe nawell was the one who helped microsoft make windows, he also ported doom to windows 95 i think and made it a gaming system.

Reason he might have jumped on the linux is bec PC sales are down. people are ditching PC for tablets. This might be some backup plan if things go darstically worng for them.

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#38 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (29732 posts) -

You DONT NEED windows, there linux games libery on steam that is growingShadowriverUB

To name a few games from my Library.

  1. Saints Row The Third
  2. The King of Fighters XIII
  3. Hard Reset
  4. Dark Souls
  5. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  6. Battlefield Bad Company 2
  7. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
  8. BioShock Infinite
  9. Tomb Raider
  10. Borderlands
  11. Borderlands 2
  12. Grand Theft Auto IV (Complete)
  13. Super Street Fighter IV
  14. Sonic Generations
  15. Skullgirls
  16. The Walking Dead
  17. Transformers: War for Cybertron

and plenty more on the Steam Catalogue that is not available on steam for Linux.

Until I can play ALL of my games on a Linux platform without the need of a Windows OS to back it.

I'm not going for it.

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#39 Posted by Spartan070 (16404 posts) -
So it requires you to repurpose a PC and install Steam OS on it? Why not just run Steam on a Windows PC as always? :?
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#40 Posted by bbkkristian (14971 posts) -
I don't get it, how are we supposed to get this on our tv?
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#41 Posted by ShadowriverUB (5515 posts) -

meh! let me guess the controller will be the second announcment and SteamOS dongle the third one.

Harisemo
....guys Valve didnt invest so much on Linux gameing to now waste all that to straming OS. Again LinuxOS will be able to play games that are on Linux
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#42 Posted by 1080pOnly (2216 posts) -

 

I think it's for people that have a gaming PC and then they have or will have a media PC connected to the TV

lostrib

Yeah but that's such a small share of the overall market I can't believe that is all they are going after....yet anything else doesn't make sense :?.

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#44 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (29732 posts) -

[QUOTE="Harisemo"]

meh! let me guess the controller will be the second announcment and SteamOS dongle the third one.

ShadowriverUB

....guys Valve didnt invest so much on Linux gameing to now waste all that to straming OS. Again LinuxOS will be able to play games that are on Linux

All 184 of them.

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#45 Posted by LA-Nighthawk (335 posts) -
I don't get it, how are we supposed to get this on our tv?bbkkristian
With a cheap dedicated device which is most likely what steambox will be. Like the onlive microconsole a few years ago.
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#46 Posted by deactivated-59b71619573a1 (38222 posts) -

Pointless IMO

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#47 Posted by Spartan070 (16404 posts) -
Unless they are releasing some sort of specially designed hardware with this than is a fail
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#48 Posted by ShadowriverUB (5515 posts) -

[QUOTE="ShadowriverUB"]You DONT NEED windows, there linux games libery on steam that is growingLegatoSkyheart

To name a few games from my Library.

  1. Saints Row The Third
  2. The King of Fighters XIII
  3. Hard Reset
  4. Dark Souls
  5. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  6. Battlefield Bad Company 2
  7. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
  8. BioShock Infinite
  9. Tomb Raider
  10. Borderlands
  11. Borderlands 2
  12. Grand Theft Auto IV (Complete)
  13. Super Street Fighter IV
  14. Sonic Generations
  15. Skullgirls
  16. The Walking Dead
  17. Transformers: War for Cybertron

and plenty more on the Steam Catalogue that is not available on steam for Linux.

Until I can play ALL of my games on a Linux platform without the need of a Windows OS to back it.

I'm not going for it.

No, you dont need windows to play those game you listed and that list will grow, so you dont need windows. Stop spreading mythical bullshit which will only make people stupider thrn they already are
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#49 Posted by hoola (6422 posts) -

 

Thats so dumb, but the valve nutthuggers will lap it up

Zaibach

I actually don't think this is a great idea.  I think they should have made an OS similar to Android and iOS - something simple, but for the home rather than mobile.  Instead, they made a gaming focused OS with some extras tacked on.  In order to be successful it needs to be a well rounded experience, and putting the focus on gaming isn't going to help them.  I think it will actually hurt them and I'm not too sure how successful this will be.  

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#50 Posted by sandeep410 (1180 posts) -

This very much reveals the next 2.

One will be steambox.

Third will be halflife 3 and its not for pc.