Your browser is not Javascript enable or you have turn it off. We recommend you to activate for better security reason<div class="billede"><img src="pictures/mini-steamos.jpg" alt="SteamOS for TV gaming"></div>This is SteamOS - designed for living room gaming - FlatpanelsHD

SteamOS for TV gaming
This is SteamOS - designed for living room gaming

24 Sep 2013 | Rasmus Larsen |

After months - even years - of speculation, Valve, the company behind Steam, has unveiled their plan to take on the PlayStation and Xbox in the living room. Valve has created SteamOS, an operating system for games and media on the living room TV. Major game developers are on board.

SteamOS is Valve's OS for TV gaming

SteamOS is part of a grand plan from the creators of the Steam service. Two more announcements will follow in the coming days, but let us start by taking a look at SteamOS.

SteamOS is an operating system designed for gaming on the big living room TV. The OS is free and can run on PCs from different brands and on PCs with different hardware. In addition to games, it will also be open to run video and music apps, as well as other apps. Games can be played with either a game controller or mouse/keyboard. In other words; a complete entertainment operating system for the TV.

SteamOS
SteamOS has been announced as a competitor to PlayStation and Xbox


So how does it work? SteamOS is based on Linux, which means that the current games running on Steam today will have to be rewritten. Valve says that major game developers – so-called AAA developers – are already on board and are developing games for the system. Other games that run only on for example Steam on Windows can be streamed over the home network. As a user you simply turn on your PC and stream the game to the living room TV via the SteamOS-based box connected to the TV.

Valve explains that they have put a lot of work and effort into SteamOS, and that it was necessary to develop an operating system to fully optimize video and audio quality, as well as reduce latency for game controllers. SteamOS will also have features such as Family Sharing that will allow different members of the family to share the same Steam account, and an option to restrict access to the most violent games for younger members of the family.

Valve has previously said that they intend to let pretty much any PC hardware maker produce a so-called Steam Box in three configurations; "good", "better", and "best". One can easily imagine that the cheapest of the three will be a streaming box, the next a more complete game console, and the last a more expensive and extreme game console. We will learn very soon.

This is the first of three announcements. Valve has already started a new countdown timer on their site. We will know more Thursday.



Latest news

Apple Arcade

Apple Arcade now open with 100 games for $5/month

19 Sep 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
8K Ultra HD

8K Ultra HD TV specifications & logo announced

18 Sep 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
Philips Hue

New Philips Hue HDMI box syncs your lights with your TV

18 Sep 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
Peacock

NBCUniversal introduces Peacock streaming service, new home of 'The Office'

18 Sep 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
Android TV

Android TV roadmap for 2020 & 2021: Google Stadia, 'hero device', more ads

17 Sep 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
Sony Crystal LED

Sony's first 8K & 16K microLED displays will cost millions

16 Sep 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
YouTube Leanback TV

YouTube pulling the plug on its browser solution for TVs

16 Sep 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
The resolution gap

The resolution gap

13 Sep 2019 | Yoeri Geutskens |