Developed in an effort to consolidate PC gaming from the desk and console gaming in the living room, Valve created the Steam Box Operating System.
For several years now, Valve has been creating the support network for what is called Steam Machines. Developed in an effort to consolidate PC gaming from the desk and console gaming in the living room, Valve created the Steam Box Operating System. The SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system which has been in beta for years now, but this week at Game Developers Conference, they finally announced the release for as early as this fall.
Think of it as iTunes for video games, with some extra features such as a buddy list and chat to join your buddy’s games. What started as a system for Windows PCs, has now also garnered a healthy amount of Mac titles as well. Additionally, it is not Valve itself that is creating the Steam Machines, but third party manufacturers that will all use the SteamOS. The company also announced Steam Link, a $50 streaming box that will allow you to broadcast games from the PC to the TV, similarly to Chromecast.
The SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system which has been in beta for years now, but will be released for as early as this fall.
Additionally, Valve also confirmed its final design for the Steam Controller, which will have touch and motion capabilities. The controller has garnered a lot of media attention recently, because of the touchpad.
One of the oldest partners of Valve is Syber, which has created the Steam Machine Mini, Steam Machine Mercury and Steam Machine Switch, all of which were demoed at MWC. The lower end product will feature a quad-core AMD processor with Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics for about $450, whereas the higher end product will cost $1,400. It will be released this fall.