Today, Valve announced Steam’s new operating system called SteamOS. A combination of Steam’s current platform and Linux, SteamOS is a free operating system designed for living rooms which “combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience for the big screen.”
Valve has revealed they have “hundreds of games” which will come to the operating system next year, allowing users to access the entire Stream catalog via “in-home streaming.”
Valve announced, “In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level.
“Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases.”
In addition, Valve also announced new features that will be available both for SteamOS and the regular Steam platform: family sharing, streaming, options for movies, music, and other media, as well as parental restrictions.
“SteamOS will be available soon as a free download for users and as a freely licensable operating system for manufacturers,” Valve stated.
The next announcement will drop on Wednesday, September 25 at 1pm EST.