SteamOS puts Linux in the living room
Games developer Valve has unveiled SteamOS, a Linux-based platform for playing games, watching TV and listening to music.
Valve said SteamOS is a “standalone operating system for living room machines”.
It will bring PC gaming to TVs, to let Valve’s existing Steam store better compete with consoles, and also act as a smart TV, enabling users to play movies, watch TV and stream music, the company said.
“SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen,” Valve said. “It will be available soon as a free, standalone operating system for living room machines.”
Users will be able to install it on PCs they build themselves, and the platform will be free for manufacturers to use on their own hardware.
Valve is widely expected to unveil its own hardware, Steam Box, later this week – and the company suggested on its website that it has two more announcements to go this week.