Oh Gabe Newell, I doff my proverbial cap to you. Not content to just have the largest digital distribution network for PC games, Valve is expanding the Steam Universe with an OS, machines and…something else.
Valve kicked off the announcements this week by showing off SteamOS, the Linux-based operating system that will guide your magical journey through living-room centered PC gaming wonderfulness. It sounds like you can dual-boot the SteamOS on an existing PC or stream games from your current gaming PC to a Steam Machine running SteamOS and play your games that way.
Speaking of Steam Machines, Valve showed their hand and revealed that they’re working with a few manufacturers to produce a variety of Steam boxes, which will run the gamut in price and performance. There isn’t a set design for the Steam Machine yet, but Valve does have a prototype and you can sign up to be a Beta tester for them. Exciting!
The third item hasn’t been shown off yet, but we’ll get to see what it is on Friday morning. Until then, speculation can be a fun way to distract ourselves. What do you think it is? What do you think of SteamOS and the Steam Machines (that’s my new rock band name, by the way). Sound off!
Source – Steam