Valve has announced today that popular digital distribution site Steam will be getting its own operating system, SteamOS. The new, free OS will be a combination of the current Steam platform and Linux.
Steam promises that hundreds of titles will be available on the new OS, and users will be able to access the entire Steam catalog via “in-home streaming,” which is a concept that they haven’t fully revealed or explained as of yet.
From the announcement:
[quote]As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve 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.[/quote]
Four new features will help SteamOS stand apart from the current Steam platform: streaming, family sharing, parental restrictions, and options for movies, music, and other media.
A follow-up announcement, hopefully with some more information, will go live on Wednesday, September 25 at 1:00 pm Eastern.