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Valve announces SteamOS, a Linux based platform for games, will probably power the SteamBox

Of late, Valve founder Gabe Newell had shown his disdain for Windows. Well, now we know why because his company was working on an operating system of its own. Valve calls it the SteamOS, an OS for liv

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Of late, Valve founder Gabe Newell had shown his disdain for Windows. Well, now we know why because his company was working on an operating system of its own. Valve calls it the SteamOS, an OS for living room gaming PCs. It will also power the SteamBox console that the company has been promising for the longest time. Valve describes it as a user interface for televisions, which has a Linux core. More importantly, it will be available for free, though the company has not specified when. Also Read - E3 2021: What is it, entire schedule, how to watch livestream for free, what to expect

Importantly, already major game developer building triple A titles for consoles and Windows PCs are on board developing for it and these games will run natively on SteamOS in 2014. SteamOS powered boxes will also be able to stream games off Windows PCs just like one can achieve this using the Nvidia Shield. Also Read - 89% gamers in India prefer PC gaming over mobile gaming: Reveals HP Gaming report

Valve is also planning to add a TV and music service to SteamOS. It appears that Newell’s disdain for Windows 8 was not hogwash. He blamed Windows 8 for crippling the PC market, but more importantly, with the presence of the Windows Store, Windows 8 is a direct threat to Steam as a service and the SteamOS is designed to counteract the power of the world’s most popular operating system, at least for gamers. Also Read - Sony reveals new list of free games under its Play At Home initiative

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  • Published Date: September 24, 2013 1:06 PM IST



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