SteamOS

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SteamOS
SteamOS Logo.png
Company / developerValve Corporation
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateUnder development
Source modelFree and open source software with proprietary components
Marketing targetGamers, entertainment
Package managerSteam[citation needed]
Supported platformsx86-64
Kernel typeMonolithic Linux kernel
Default user interfaceSteam
Official websiteSteamOS
 
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SteamOS
SteamOS Logo.png
Company / developerValve Corporation
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateUnder development
Source modelFree and open source software with proprietary components
Marketing targetGamers, entertainment
Package managerSteam[citation needed]
Supported platformsx86-64
Kernel typeMonolithic Linux kernel
Default user interfaceSteam
Official websiteSteamOS

SteamOS is an operating system based on the Linux kernel in development by Valve Corporation. It will be the primary operating system for the Steam Machine games consoles, and freely available to install on PCs.

Features[edit]

SteamOS is designed primarily for playing video games. Users will be able to stream games from their Windows or Mac computers to one running SteamOS, and it will incorporate the same family sharing and restrictions as Steam on the desktop.[1] Valve claims that it has "achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing" through SteamOS.[2] The operating system will be open source allowing anyone to build on or adapt the source code,[3] and will run on Steam Machines.[4]

Since SteamOS is designed for playing games it will not have many built-in functions beyond web browsing and playing games; for example there is no file manager or image viewer. Though the OS does not, in its current form, support streaming services, Valve is in talks with streaming companies to bring the feature to SteamOS.[5]

History[edit]

During a panel at LinuxCon, Valve co-founder and executive director Gabe Newell stated that he believed "Linux and open source are the future of gaming", going on to say that the company is aiding game developers who want to make games compatible with Linux, and that they would be making an announcement the following week related to introducing Linux into the living room.[6] On 20 September 2013, Valve posted a website titled The Steam Universe is Expanding in 2014 which teased three new announcements from them related to "even more ways to connect the dots for customers who want Steam in the living-room."[7][8] The first announcement was revealed on 23 September as SteamOS, with Valve saying they had "come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself."[9] A large focus of the reveal was the openness of the operating system, with it being announced that users would be able to alter or replace any part of the software, and that it would be free.[10]

In October 2013 Valve announced Steam Dev Days; a two day developer conference where video game developers will be able test and provide feedback on SteamOS and Steam Machines.[11] In October 2013 NVIDIA also announced their collaboration with Valve to aid in developing Steam Machines with the help of a developing library called GameWorks which will incorporate PhysX, OptiX, VisualFX and others NVIDIA-proprietary engines.[12]

In November 2013 Valve confirmed that they would not be making any exclusive games for SteamOS, and were also encouraging other developers not to.[13]

Reception[edit]

Following the initial announcement many video game developers have shared their thoughts on SteamOS. Minecraft creator Markus Persson described the operating system as "amazing news", and Thomas Was Alone developer Mike Bithell called it "encouraging" for indie games.[14][15] Other developers such as DICE, creators of the Battlefield series, and The Creative Assembly, developers of the Total War series, have stated that they plan to support their games on Linux and SteamOS.[16][17] Gearbox Software head Randy Pitchford commented that he believed the operating system needed a unique application to attract developers, saying "without that must-buy product driving us all towards this stuff, I expect that the industry at large will watch curiously, but remain largely unaffected."[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statt, Nick (23 September 2013). "Valve fires up SteamOS, its bid for living room PC gaming". CNET. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Wilde, Tyler (24 September 2013). "The pros and cons of SteamOS". PC Gamer. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Lee, Dave (23 September 2013). "Valve announces SteamOS as it renews living room push". BBC. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Makuch, Eddie (25 September 2013). "Valve reveals Steam Machines". GameSpot. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Gilbert, Ben (4 November 2013). "This is Valve's Steam Machine prototype and SteamOS (hands-on)". Engadget. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Vandell, Perry (16 September 2013). "Gabe Newell: "Linux and open source are the future of gaming"". PC Gamer. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Wilde, Tyler (20 September 2013). "Three big Valve announcements coming next week, probably a Linux-based Steam Box". PC Gamer. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Steam Universe is Expanding in 2014". Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Makuch, Eddie (23 September 2013). "Valve reveals SteamOS". GameSpot. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "SteamOS announced by Valve, a free operating system "available soon" for living room PCs". PC Gamer. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Grubb, Jeffrey (10 October 2013). "Valve announces Steam Dev Days to give studios access to Steam OS, Steam Machines, and Steam Controller". Venture Beat. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nvidia announces Gameworks Program at Montreal 2013; supports SteamOS". NVIDIA. 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  13. ^ Goldfarb, Andrew (4 November 2013). "Valve Will Not Make Exclusive Games for SteamOS". IGN. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Jackson, Mike (23 September 2013). "SteamOS is 'amazing news', says Minecraft creator". CVG. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Lee, Ben (4 October 2013). "Valve's SteamOS "encouraging" for indies, says Thomas Was Alone creator". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Pitcher, Jenna (12 October 2013). "Linux only needs one 'killer' game to explode, says Battlefield director". Polygon. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  17. ^ Peel, Jeremy (9 October 2013). "Creative Assembly "confident" that Total War: Rome II SteamOS port is possible". PCGamesN. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  18. ^ Brightman, James (30 September 2013). "Steam news only a "curiosity" without a must-buy like Half-Life 3 - Pitchford". Gamesindustry. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 

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