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Valve’s first announcement is a new operating system, based on Linux and focused on games

Valve’s first announcement is a new operating system, based on Linux and focused on games

Gabe Newell hasn't been shy about criticizing Microsoft and Windows, nor about praising Linux for games, and now Valve is about to put their money where their mouth is with SteamOS, an operating system built on Linux and focused on games.

“SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen,” the announcement states. “It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.”

The operating system also supports streaming from your main gaming system, different media services for movies, video, and music, and robust support for different accounts in your family.

“The living-room is family territory. That’s great, but you don’t want to see your parents’ games in your library,” the announcement explains. “Soon, families will have more control over what titles get seen by whom, and more features to allow everyone in the house to get the most out of their Steam libraries.”

There's not a ton of solid information about what games will be supported, or what services, or what you'll need to run it, but this is still exciting news. An operating system designed for a console-like living room PC is a great idea, and Valve is one of the few companies with the clout to pull it off. And this is of course only the first of three announcements.

The next announcement will be made in 48 hours. Shit, as they say in the industry, is getting real.