(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Watch out PS4 and Xbox One, you could have a competitor. On Monday, Valve, the company behind popular PC gaming platform Steam, detailed its own Linux-based operating system simply called “SteamOS.”
“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,” stated the company via the offering’s website.
Valve emphasized that using the operating system will allow gamers to keep online friends while having access to the big screen.
Specifically, features of the platform include in-home streaming (streams PC games from computer to big screen), family sharing, music, TV and movies in addition to family control options.
SteamOS will arrive soon as a free download. Meanwhile, Valve is expected to make more announcements regarding the news later this week.