SteamOS screenshots (Desktop environment also confirmed)

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#1  Edited By cobrax55
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Music for Steam has also been confirmed, though is apparently not yet functional.

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#2 foxhound_fox
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Would like a Windows 8 integrated app. I really like the layout.

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#3  Edited By flashn00b
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I'm still waiting on what sort of games SteamOS is offering at launch. Also, it doesn't look too different from setting up any other OS.

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#4 Basinboy
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@flashn00b said:

I'm still waiting on what sort of games SteamOS is offering at launch. Also, it doesn't look too different from setting up any other OS.

Built for the OS itself, you mean? Probably next to nothing to be honest.

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#5  Edited By Link3301
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One of the things I am wondering is if SteamOS will be less taxing on system resources than Windows or Mac OS seeing as it's pretty much a console OS.

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#6 deactivated-59b71619573a1
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@flashn00b said:

I'm still waiting on what sort of games SteamOS is offering at launch. Also, it doesn't look too different from setting up any other OS.

I think it will be a while before these systems and the OS itself reaches their stride

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#7  Edited By -RPGamer-
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Waiting for:

  1. Valve to be all in with their own hardware
  2. A button that says "run all those Windows only games you already own"
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#8  Edited By -Unreal-
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@Link3301 said:

One of the things I am wondering is if SteamOS will be less taxing on system resources than Windows or Mac OS seeing as it's pretty much a console OS.

It'll be negligible I'm sure.

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#9 AndyAlfredo
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So, it's pretty much just Big Picture mode with a few tweaks?

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@AndyAlfredo said:

So, it's pretty much just Big Picture mode with a few tweaks?

Exactly what I was gonna say.

And that's not surprising in the least.

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#11 ShepardCommandr
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No thanks. I'll stick to windows 7.

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#12 waltefmoney
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I'm gonna put this on a USB stick when it's released and test it out. I love doing that with linux distros.

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@Link3301 said:

One of the things I am wondering is if SteamOS will be less taxing on system resources than Windows or Mac OS seeing as it's pretty much a console OS.

valve has said that it does

In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases.

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

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#14 jhonMalcovich
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@ShepardCommandr said:

No thanks. I'll stick to windows 7.

It looks like your avatar likes it.

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#15  Edited By jhonMalcovich
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Well, I need to see desktop environments to decide.

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#16  Edited By kraken2109
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Certainly looks interesting.

If it gave significantly better performance it would certainly be worth dual booting.

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#17 Consternated
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I'll be downloading it at some point this weekend. Should be fun!

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#18 clyde46
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Is this out now?

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#19  Edited By Consternated
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@clyde46 said:

Is this out now?

Sometime today. It's still at Valve HQ, so perhaps in a few hours time.

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#20 clyde46
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@Consternated said:

@clyde46 said:

Is this out now?

Sometime today. It's still at Valve HQ, so perhaps in a few hours time.

I also forgot about "Valve time" :P

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#21 gameofthering
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I'd give it a try but I'd probably mess something up.

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#23 PC_Otter
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/Cue Ron Paul

IT'S HAPPENING

Interesting that the Linux desktop is still available (but not surprising). I'm going to guess that BSD and general Linux apps are going to be automatically or generally compatible with SteamOS.

All hail Lord Gaben.

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#24 uninspiredcup
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Looks amazing. Steam and valve will destroy Sony and Microsoft with this innovative, thing.

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#25 PC_Otter
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I'd say it's less about innovation and more about stripping away much of the crap that comes with Microsoft OSs when it comes to PC gaming.

Ironically, SteamOS may be analogous to Windows 8 with the Big Picture mode being akin to Metro by providing a simple, quick interface to purchasing and accessing one's software. Just like with Win8, there is still a desktop environment for power-users who want to browse files, install other programs, etc.

I think SteamOS will provide a very good bridge for the PC-Console gap. Depending on it's level of success, it's likely that users may replace Windows altogether with SteamOS, using it like any other Linux distro You can always have a secondary Win7 boot partition for those games that are not SteamOS compatible.

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#26 g0ddyX
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Half Life 3?

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#27  Edited By TREAL_Since
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I'm waiting to see what performance gains I get out of my PC :). I know future games will take advantage of the less taxing OS, but will it be retroactive as well?

I'll probably download it when it drops in a few hours. Out of pure curiosity to see how it operates.

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#28  Edited By waltefmoney
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It's out

http://steamdb.info/blog/35/

- SteamOS is based on Debian 7.1 Wheezy

- Music & TV/Movies do not seem to be in this build - lol