Valve has officially announced the SteamOS though its been rumored for quite some time. I don’t know how to feel about it, it’s kind of underwhelming news to me. I think it’s super cool for Steam to continue moving forward and stuff, but there’s not enough information revealed to really show how it will affect the gaming world. There’s a decent amount of general info, but nothing that says “this is why it’s going to be super awesome”.
The SteamOS is Linux based and will allow remote play through other sources, and it will be completely free. Valve says they have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and are also working on audio and latency performance enhancements. The SteamOS offers everything that the Steam client already does and enhances it, while also offering all new features.
Both the Steam client and the new Steam Operating System will be getting these new features:
- 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, and Movies – allowing you to access your favorite music and video with Steam and SteamOS.
- Family Sharing – Which we’ve all heard about before.
- Family Options – 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.
The good news is that the announcement of the Steam Operating System is just the first part of a three-part announcement event Valve is planning. The second announcement will come on Wednesday. Like most of you, I expect we’ll be hearing something about the “Steam console”. But my guess is that the Steam console will be the final announcement. What do you think we can expect on Wednesday?