Valve just announced the development of SteamOS, an operating system based on Linux’s architecture and built directly around Steam as part of their “Living Room” effort. According to the publisher, it will be available soon.
The official press release states that with the OS Valve achieved significant improvements in graphics performance, while they’re currently working on audio and and reduction in input latency. The operating system will also be fully open, allowing users to alter any part of the software and hardware they want.
Windows and Mac based computers will be able to stream games through steam to their SteamOS machines, allowing them play the game in the living room or everywhere such machine will be placed. Media services, family sharing and family control options will also be part of the suite.
That’s quite interesting, and we’ll have to closely follow its development. Valve already changed PC gaming with Steam, so it’s not so unlikely for them to pull it off a second time.