Valve Reveal Pt. 1 – Standalone SteamOS Available Soon, Next Reveal on Wednesday

Those looking for an official SteamBox will have to wait a bit longer.

Today as apart of their three-stage reveal, Valve released details for its standalone operating system called SteamOS. Built on top of the Linux architecture, SteamOS promises to provide developers with “significant performance increases in graphics processing” and let users “alter or replace any part of the software or hardware they want”. The standalone OS will be available to download for free “soon” and will work with your existing computer.

So what does this all mean? In its attempt to compete with other living room gaming devices, Valve has removed desktop operating systems such as Windows and OS X out of the equation. SteamOS provides developers with a streamlined solution for developing games while simultaneously providing openness to gamers so they can enjoy their Steam library on their computers, in the living room, or potentially the mobile platform.

While no plans were announced to discontinue support for other OS’s, it seems the writing is on the wall for both the Windows and OS X clients.

Source: Valve

What do you make of Valve’s announcement? Getting a partition ready on your hard drive to install SteamOS? What do you think Pt. 2 of the reveal has in store? Let us know in the comments below.

  • jaskdavis

    So Devs have to support DX11, OpenGL, and Kernal API’s for graphics now? Does that mean games will be less optimized? Good job though, proud Steam is getting their hands in to something new :)

    • WarBroh

      Devs don’t have to do anything except what’s in their best interest. And since DirectX is proprietary and locked to one platform, it’ll be in their best longterm interest to support OpenGL since it is multiplatform and now corporations and $$ are getting increasingly behind it.

      The shift to OGL has already begun. PS4 is based on OpenGL for instance. Most of the major engines have already been ported. All it needed was a push and SteamOS is that push.

      • jaskdavis

        Well PS3 is OpenGL as well as DX9, so DX is only locked to windows PC, but MS does “Rent it out” to other hardware. Linux is Kernal API, not OpenGL, but since Linux is Open, then yes it can support OpenGL, but does not ship with it. Windows = DX, Mesa = OpenGL, Linux = Kernal. So You are saying Xbox and Windows games will be less supported then? or are you stating OpenGL will be better supported then before?

  • Sam

    Will I ever have to uninstall Windows and only run Steam OS to play Steam games?

    • Sgt. Mofo

      You’ll never have to uninstall Windows. You can either run it as a Virtual Machine inside Windows or partition your hard drive so that there’s 1 partition for Windows and 1 for SteamOS. When you power on your computer, it’ll ask you which OS you wish to boot up.

      • Sam

        Cheers for replying.

  • BroJ

    Why don’t they quit jerking people off and release something people actually is excited for like Half Life 3. It is like they are saying we are better than are fans so we are going to make them wait 30 years for something we are no doubt working on behind closed doors. If they do not plan on coming out with Half Life 3 at least tell us.

    • WarBroh

      Patience, grasshopper.

      • BroJ

        I hope you are right. i just hope they do not be dicks and only release it for this hardware thing they are launching. I want half Life 3 so bad.

        • WarBroh

          HL3 *WILL* come to Steam on Windows. They’re not going to bite off their nose to spite their face and make it SteamOS exclusive. They’ve got too much built up goodwill to be squandering on that kind of move. However, a period of exclusivity, say SteamOS getting it a month early wouldn’t surprise me.

  • George

    3 comments written as I write this so…
    Half Life 3 Confirmed

    • WarBroh

      HL3, Left4Dead3, Portal3 confirmed as SteamOS exclusives by end of week.

      http://i.imgur.com/Qa4DaPz.gif

      • BroJ

        I wish he would star in another American Psycho. That movie is a classic.

  • George

    3 comments written as I write this so…
    Half Life 3 Confirmed

  • Thom

    wonder if it’ll work on a mac bootcamp.

  • WarHero

    3 stage reveal..and the last reveal is:
    Half Life 3 Confirmed

  • Jamic

    Although I think this is great news, they (and this article) are making it sound like they are bringing this OS directly to compete windows and OS X which would be a stupid move.

    I can understand if they were bringing it as something you would boot up whenever all you want to do is play but it must be convinient to work. Steam has been making gaming and purchasing of old games easier and easier but now they sort of take a step backwards ?

    Thats just my initial thoughts.

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