GAMES MAKER Valve has revealed that it will release an operating system (OS) for home players.
The firm had offered a countdown to an announcement, and that ended last night. There was a clue in the title, which was the words "living room" in the URL.
The Steam OS will be available soon, according to the information on the webpage. More details will be released in two further stages. For now we know that it will be based on Linux and will be free to users and free licensed to games developers and manufacturers.
"Thousands of games, millions of users. Everything you love about Steam... SteamOS will be available soon as a free download for users and as a freely licensable operating system for manufacturers. Stay tuned in the coming days for more information," said the firm on its website.
"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."
A free license for manufacturers suggests that Valve will not build its own hardware, something that runs counter to rumours of a Steambox. However, Valve is due to make two more announcements, so for the sake of fun let us assume that they will be for a Steambox, and Half Life 3.
The home user will benefit from things like the ability to share their game collection in the home, and a feature that lets them filter out games that they do not like and do not want to play. The suggestion is that these are games that would be enjoyed by parents.
Music and video streaming will also be supported, and the firm said that it is in talks with media companies already. µ
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