Valve announces SteamOS in a play for the living room
Today Steam company Valve unveiled the first of three big secrets on their site. For those not in the know, Valve currently has a page on their website dedicated to three mysterious glyphs accompanied by a timer. Many believe this countdown leads up to the announcement of the “Steambox”. Valve co founder Gabe Newell fuelled these assumptions during last week’s LinuxCon by stating that “next week they were going to roll out more information on their views regarding hardware opportunities for Linux in the living room “.
What does SteamOS offer;
- In-home streaming
If you already are a user of the famous Steam client then it is as simple as running the client on your PC and then your SteamOS enabled machine can stream the games directly on your TV.
- Music, TV and Movies
Valve announced that they are currently looking in and negotiating with “many of the media services you know and love” Rolling out access to these services for use with Steam and SteamOS will begin soon.
- Family Sharing
A recently announced new Steam feature is the option to share your games library with a selected few. “Family Sharing allows you to take turns playing one another’s games while earning your own Steam achievements and saving your individual game progress to the Steam cloud”. Their website also states that they have several other family related features in the works which are to be disclosed at a later date.
Valve stated the company aims to offer their own hardware and software solution to compete with the next gen consoles. And SteamOS is clearly about the software aspect of their offering. Even though more information will be revealed in the coming days, for now we share a first comparison between SteamOS with PS Vita TV.
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