SteamOS is coming to your living room
Valve's first big announcement this week has revealed a new gaming operating system for living room devices...
This week will see some big announcements from Valve, creator of the Steam gaming service, and the first reveal has already got people's chins wagging. The company has unveiled its latest move in bringing PC gaming into the living room, SteamOS.
SteamOS is a new, totally free operating system based on Linux. This system will allow users to play games via Steam on 'any living room device', and it's already been welcomed by many games developers, including Minecraft creator, Markus 'Notch' Persson, who tweeted his excitement of the new OS.
Valve is saving the entire gaming world, but I all I can do is mumble passive aggressively about crowbars.
— Markus Persson (@notch) September 23, 2013
Persson, along with others, have been concerned for the future of game development with Windows 8, and the arrival of SteamOS could represent a major shift in the market. If it becomes as successful as Valve wants it to be (which is very, very possible given the major success of Steam), Microsoft could find itself with big problems, as developers abandon Windows in favour of the gaming-centric operating system.
Also, as it's a free licensable and distributable OS, it may be instantly more appealing to developers as a platform, especially indie devs who can't afford to go through the Microsoft route. With no Windows-based restrictions, this would be a far more approachable option.
What's more, many believe Valve is finally going to make the big announcement regarding the heavily rumoured Steam-based console this week. If so, this would be huge, as Valve will not only have its own gaming OS, but a new platform too. Things could soon get very interesting...
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