SteamOS

In the first announcement of an apparent three we can expect this week, Valve announced SteamOS – a Linux-based operating system built for your living room. Is this the first step towards a “Steam Box” or do the plans go deeper?

The announcement from Valve features four key elements that will be coming to SteamOS and the Steam client: in-home streaming, family sharing, family options and media. That’s right, you might be getting Netflix on your Steam client:

We’re working with many of the media services you know and love. Soon we will begin bringing them online, allowing you to access your favorite music and video with Steam and SteamOS.

Does this mean that Steam is going toe to toe with the likes of Microsoft and Sony? What kind of ‘box’ can we expect – or will this run on existing devices? So far, according to the announcement:

It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.

Hmm, ‘machines’. Does this mean that SteamOS will work on a variety of platforms and hardware? I’m honestly really curious about what we can expect from this. Valve explains that SteamOS will be available as a free download and as a freely licensable operating system. Does this mean I can convert my PS3 into a ‘Steam Box’ when I upgrade to next-gen? Or will there be proprietary hardware for exclusive use with SteamOS?

It’s funny to think that it wasn’t so many years ago that Steam was seen as some sort of evil empire. Now, they are beloved – my Steam library just keeps growing thanks to awesome sales and Humble Bundles. It would be fantastic to play those games in my living room. It seems that they have put a lot of thought and effort into this, and I honestly hope that they do a good job. The more competition in the living room, the better – although the market is starting to look a bit saturated considering Apple TV, Vita TV, and all the other players on the market… not to mention next-gen consoles. Just too bad for people like Geoff and Gavin – how many living room gadgets can a house actually have?

Last Updated: September 25, 2013

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107 Comments

  1. TiMsTeR - I quit drinking!

    September 25, 2013 at 07:56

    All these new devices are great but we need better, cheaper, faster bandwidth here in South Africa…Once that is achieved then these will start taking off here. In the rest of the world should become another addition to there ever growing devices in their homes..

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 25, 2013 at 08:02

      Its not a device, its an OS

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      • SaintsRowMurray

        September 25, 2013 at 08:12

        And how does that make what he said invalid? Face it, the SteamOS is going to rely on streaming/downloads like any other “device” or OS. Better bandwidth will then be required for it to work efficiently, won’t it?

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        • Johnbacca

          September 25, 2013 at 08:13

          To be fair we’ve gone from 300k to 2mbps standard pretty quick, maybe faster lines aren’t far away.

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          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 08:19

            Maybe, maybe not. The only thing keeping me from worshipping at the altar of steam is the fact that bandwidth is a bit crappy and if you look to 2mbps onwards, your wallet is going to take a bit of a knock…

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 25, 2013 at 08:20

            But since its free (the OS and service) you come out even

          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 08:25

            I suppose only time will tell (Yes, there’s an echo in the room!)

          • That Tall Twit

            September 25, 2013 at 08:20

            A bit of a knock? Trollol.

          • Johnbacca

            September 25, 2013 at 08:20

            My wallet has already taken a knock as it is. Steam will consume my soul with better bandwidth.

          • TiMsTeR - I quit drinking!

            September 25, 2013 at 08:21

            Indeed!

        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 25, 2013 at 08:13

          Never said the point was invalid, but that SteamOS is a OS, NOT a device

          Reply

          • That Tall Twit

            September 25, 2013 at 08:14

            Cookie?

          • TiMsTeR - I quit drinking!

            September 25, 2013 at 08:21

            Look rather good!

          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 08:17

            Jy weet in Afrikaans is daar die gesegde: ‘n Goeie begryper het ‘n halwe woord nodig?

          • Johnbacca

            September 25, 2013 at 08:18

            Isn’t it “n goeie begrip”?
            Then again, maybe this is not my territory…

      • TiMsTeR - I quit drinking!

        September 25, 2013 at 08:19

        What what good is an Os without a device. needs a device to become useful..

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 25, 2013 at 08:26

          All PC gamers will already have the device it requires.

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          • Uberutang

            September 25, 2013 at 08:37

            Several!

  2. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    September 25, 2013 at 08:03

    Steam FTW

    Reply

    • Johnbacca

      September 25, 2013 at 08:12

      Steam!

      Reply

  3. silverscorpio

    September 25, 2013 at 08:08

    If the SteamOS works and down the line more companies start to make software that works on it (not only games) I see trouble for windows and Microsoft. Lets face it, most gamers use Windows because of gaming and if this becomes a viable platform for gaming, who will use Windows which is restrictive and expensive while the SteamOS might not be that restrictive. Best of all it is FREE. In a few years it might cut into Microsoft’s market share. I do think it will take time to get there but if it does WOW.

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 25, 2013 at 08:09

      You said it!

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      • SaintsRowMurray

        September 25, 2013 at 08:16

        Okay look, I am not hating on you today. PLease remember that.
        BUT: If Linux is so awesome and in some cases free, why has Microsoft retained its market share (or if that is the wrong terminology to use, why is it still so popular) when it comes to OS’s?
        Closer to home: Why if I walk into Incredible Connection or any other store and ask for a nifty copy of the Sims3 (or any other game) that would run on Linux, will I be openly scoffed at?

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        • That Tall Twit

          September 25, 2013 at 08:19

          I love Linux, have it on one of my older PCs. Personally i think it has not made massive in roads due to the fact that people are used to the Windoos UI and are scared to change over.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 25, 2013 at 08:19

            Indeed

          • Johnbacca

            September 25, 2013 at 08:19

            And most businesses work on Windows and since it’s where you spend most of your time you just get Windows at home also. That’s pretty much my reason.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 25, 2013 at 08:23

            It’s convenience. All my games work on Windows, plus I know my way around it because I’ve been using it for years. Learning a new OS is a pretty big deal. While it’s been many years since I fiddled around with Linux & things have probably changed, I remember it being not the most user friendly OS.

          • Johnbacca

            September 25, 2013 at 08:24

            What you said.

          • TiMsTeR - I quit drinking!

            September 25, 2013 at 08:25

            Linux was always an OS for programmers and hackers alike. Its great OS, and gets better but not most people’s cup of tea…

          • That Tall Twit

            September 25, 2013 at 08:25

            I hear you, the Linux OS can be quite daunting. But thankfully some distros like Ubuntu have started making an effort to make it more user-friendly for 1st time Linux users. 😀

        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 25, 2013 at 08:19

          The general public knows not of it, hence they will be afraid to try it

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        • silverscorpio

          September 25, 2013 at 08:20

          Because of the Windows API that had a long head start before Linux. In simple words everything is on Windows and everyone use Windows.. SteamOS is the biggest push for Linux and thats why if it works, it will be great. If it does not work, everything will remain on Windows. As I said time will tell.

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        • Umar Jaeger

          September 25, 2013 at 08:24

          Linux is really great and open, but Windows is much more established, it doesn’t mean that Windows is even an better OS than Linux, which in my opinion it’s not. But Windows is just more user friendly and is much more established in households and in the work place

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          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 08:30

            I hear you. BUT… in all the years Linux has existed, why has not one single Linux developer gone and said: Hey, let’s bring this to the masses by doing a ‘user friendly’ version?
            Look, I know I am being difficult again today (Must be my PMS acting up again) but for YEARS I have heard this Linux is God’s Operating System of Choice, but for the life of me, I cannot see why if it is, it has not been adopted more largely than it has been currently

          • Umar Jaeger

            September 25, 2013 at 08:33

            That would require less transparency and the whole idea of Linux is for it to be OPEN and for everyone to fiddle with it (If they can). That said you do get Ubuntu which is making it easier to use Linux

          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 08:35

            I should try Ubuntu again, but where they lost me was with the shell they give you and for everything else you want to do, please check internet connection…

          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 08:36

            But now you lost me: How would that require less transparency????

          • Umar Jaeger

            September 25, 2013 at 08:40

            Well, to make things easier for users, you usually hide features and options for them and make some of the processes streamlined. Which defeats the purpose of Linux as you don’t want a closed system like Windows

          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 08:51

            Let me tell you what 10+ years in telephonic tech support has taught me: People are not likely to go poke around in stuff if they do not need to. I have had the privilege of taking people through changing paper size on a printer that turns out to be nightmare calls, for they know not the left click from the right click, never mind where to go to access their printer setups.
            So no, I do not believe it is a case of hiding some features.
            Streamlining, maybe yes. I reckon myself a fairly well self taught individual when it comes to software and OS’s.
            But put me in front of Linux and by the end of the day I will be an endless ball of rage…

          • Umar Jaeger

            September 25, 2013 at 09:00

            Yes that is true but the point of OPEN is to be…well open. You can do what you want to , however you want to, when you want to. Because of the lack of interface you don’t need huge resources either and it comes with openware software as well. You can install GUI interfaces too. If people took the time to learn it , they would see it is not that hard to use, and most importantly … It’s free

          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 09:08

            But that’s the thing right there: To get it running, you need to do this, and that, sacrifice a goat and shag a virgin on the second night of the full moon.
            Why in all the years have someone not done a true out of the box version of Linux?
            Where I install, run and just do what I want?

          • silverscorpio

            September 25, 2013 at 09:14

            I agree that Linux in its present form is a pain to install and to get working but that is why its needs a company like Valve that can iron out these problems. It will be stupid of them to promote the SteamOS but you need a doctorate in IT just to install it. I would like to see how the install works in the SteamOS and if it is easy good.

          • Brady miaau

            September 25, 2013 at 08:47

            Ubuntu. Mark Shuttleworth.

          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 08:53

            Yes. That one. “Download Ubuntu here.” Great. Now that you have installed that, do you want something else on this new shiny thing, like the ability to install a printer? You have to download that as well!
            I’m sorry, I still have cold sweat nightmares of my time working with Ubuntu

          • Gerhard Davids

            September 25, 2013 at 09:27

            Are you all actually kidding me with this shit?
            Linux has a bad rep. Just as steam had back in the day. I converted to Linux this year. Fedora to be exact. One of the less friendly versions. I was able to install it in no time at all and everything WORKED RIGHT OUT THE BOX. I added cinamon because I was used to a task bar but it’s not even needed.

            I am able to play Dota2 and a couple of other titles from steam on it as well as Minecraft. The built in Libre office does a great job.

            The reason people don’t use it is because of rumors and they want to sound all smart and say but Linux is complex blah blah blah. That and that publishers are not giving it the time of day due to market share, market share wont rise because publishers are ignoring it. It’s a giant circle jerk.

            I had a harder time getting all my drivers for Win8 than for this OS.

          • Umar Jaeger

            September 25, 2013 at 09:42

            Have to agree lol…not agreeing with circle jerk though … eeww

          • Brady miaau

            September 25, 2013 at 09:49

            I do not use Linux because it is not Solaris. I suppose. Or something like that. Or I am lazy.

            But yes, easy to install and find drivers should be a snap.

  4. That Tall Twit

    September 25, 2013 at 08:10

    After reading this, these two came to mind.

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  5. ElimiNathan

    September 25, 2013 at 08:15

    Steaming with anticipation

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    • Axon1988

      September 25, 2013 at 08:20

      Getting all moist are we?

      Reply

  6. Uberutang

    September 25, 2013 at 08:17

    As soon as XBMC becomes a Software app in SteamOS, my HTPC is getting formatted. Low power machine, but I can then stream all my (singleplaper) games from my gaming rig in my gaming room, to the device in the TV room. I like it!

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    • SaintsRowMurray

      September 25, 2013 at 08:20

      What’s a singleplaper, precious???

      Reply

      • Uberutang

        September 25, 2013 at 08:22

        Almost the same as Singleplayer, but without the Y and an extra P

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        • SaintsRowMurray

          September 25, 2013 at 08:33

          I know. Just messin’ with ya!

          Reply

  7. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 25, 2013 at 08:18

    Interesting. I’d want to know quite a lot more before I move from curious to interested. Not that many Steam games have Linux support right now, so it’ll be interesting to see how they resolve that. I have a massive games library, not being able to play half of them will not be encouraging.

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    • Uberutang

      September 25, 2013 at 08:28

      You can stream the non linux native games from Windows/OSX to your SteamOS device.
      My little HP microserver is going to become the ‘tv console’ with that move!

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  8. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    September 25, 2013 at 08:28

    But will have full DirectX support?

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    • Uberutang

      September 25, 2013 at 08:30

      NOT Natively. (hence the option to stream from another PC running Windows)

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      • SaintsRowMurray

        September 25, 2013 at 08:32

        Then what’s the use?

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        • Uberutang

          September 25, 2013 at 08:35

          OPENGL! Native games exist and more AAA ones coming in 2014 according to the Gaben.

          Now you can run SteamOS on a low power device plugged into your TV, stream your massive Steam library directly to it from your gaming rig.

          Imagine Valve announcing a controller (called the wrench!) and a small HDMI device (like the android/raspberry pi devices) that runs SteamOS.

          Plug that into your tv, power up your gaming rig and there you go… streaming any game you like (with controller support) directly to your TV.

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 25, 2013 at 08:36

            The only other thing you’d need to make it perfect is some kind of camera to watch everything you do! trollol

          • Johnbacca

            September 25, 2013 at 08:37

            Don’t be silly. No one would be stupid enough to force something like that on people.

          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 08:38

            XBOX? Playstation? Schlepping your gaming Rig to your TV and hooking it up to one of the HDMI ports?
            Why would I need a device that plays or streams games from another device? I am sorry, but it makes no bloody sense!

          • Uberutang

            September 25, 2013 at 08:39

            What? No.

            Keep your rig in your game cave, add a small smart device to your PC and stream your games. Boom, done.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 25, 2013 at 08:40

            Lol. You won’t need to. It streams the game from your PC, over a network such as wifi or LAN, to your SteamBox that is small and plugged directly in to your TV via HDMI

          • Johnbacca

            September 25, 2013 at 08:43

            I was with SaintsRowMurry on this, but now I’m starting to see the logic here. A few changes still needed, but I’m starting to like this idea. Hate having to take my pc out of the study and plug it in next to my tv.

          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 08:45

            But my question is WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS???? If comfort is an issue (Sofa VS Desk chair) why not just go out and buy a decent recliner chair (La-Z-Boy) for the cave?

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 25, 2013 at 08:48

            The joy of playing on your big screen TV instead of sitting by a desk behind a smaller screen.

            A lazyboy is a great idea but then you sit further back again and the smaller screen becomes an issue.

            Also you can then stream pretty much anything from your PC over the network on to the device powering your TV now.

            Movies, series, the works. you get an all in one option, the device by your TV is a 1/3 the size of a console and your PC doesn’t clunk up the lounge as it still remains in your gaming room.

          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 09:05

            Look, if an Xbox was the size of a St Bernard I would have agreed with you. But the truth is, most entertainment stands now cater for your TV, DVD setup and has enough space for at least two consoles, and there is no clutter at all.
            And I have a 22 inch monitor in my cave, and even if I do sit a bit back, I still get the WOW factor from all my games.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 25, 2013 at 09:15

            I don’t know hey. If I sit back from my 22inch a lot of text becomes too small to read at 1080p in many games.

            For me a small device attached to my TV to which I can stream my desktop stuff would be far better than any console

          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 09:19

            Heh-heh! Me thinks you need new glasses good Sir! Believe me, they work miracles!!! (Got my new ones a few days back, now I feel like I am seeing the world through different eyes!) Worst.Pun.Ever.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 25, 2013 at 09:52

            I actually do. Still. Don’t like having to read tiny text. It’s why my PC is currently anyway hooked to my TV. Would be fantastic if I could do that without having my PC in the TV room which is why I hope this SteamOS works that way 🙂

          • Johnbacca

            September 25, 2013 at 08:48

            I suppose I’d do it because I need both (or really badly want). I use my study for work too, so it’s not ideally suited for gaming. I need my desk for FPS though.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 25, 2013 at 08:46

            Agreed. The possibility’s are pretty awesome. Imagine a Rasberry Pi sitting next to your TV or even hidden (since it’s small enough), running SteamOS and getting the game information straight from your PC over the network and you can play like that. You get console goodness and PC goodness all through one device.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 25, 2013 at 08:39

            I see a few issues with this. Mainly Rig power.

            How heavy will it be on your machine to stream the game over to your TV with as little input lag / latency etc as possible?

            Fantastic idea. But a few hurdles to overcome hey

          • Uberutang

            September 25, 2013 at 08:41

            Ideally ethernet vs wifi for the streaming.

            If your gaming rig can run it, it can stream it. Look at the Nvidia shield thing. That runs games directly off your gaming pc gpu anyway.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 25, 2013 at 08:43

            Yeah and you need a minimum of a 6xx series card to do so. My 560Ti can’t stream to the shield coz it isn’t powerful enough.

            I am sure they can stream it via SteamOS with a lot less power requirements but the problem still remains that you need a certain amount of spare processing power (or dedicated streaming architecture built in to your GPU) to be able to do so with no performance loss.

            Not knocking the idea. It’s a brilliant idea. Just as I said, a few hurdles

  9. Melasco

    September 25, 2013 at 08:35

    No Battlefield, no Mass Effect…. No thanks..

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    • SaintsRowMurray

      September 25, 2013 at 08:39

      Have an upvote!

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      • Brady miaau

        September 25, 2013 at 08:45

        it is the little arrow point up

        🙂

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        • SaintsRowMurray

          September 25, 2013 at 08:55

          Oh… THAT ONE??? Ye Gods! Now I know 🙂

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 25, 2013 at 09:24

          Careful you don’t get your knee in the way 😉

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          • Brady miaau

            September 25, 2013 at 09:47

            just awesome. And painful. All at the same time.

            Public service?

  10. George

    September 25, 2013 at 08:57

    Valve figured out how to count to 3! This is amazing news. Expect Left 4 Dead 3 and Half Life 3 to be announced shortly.

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  11. Johnbacca

    September 25, 2013 at 08:57

    I just want Half Life 3

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    • SaintsRowMurray

      September 25, 2013 at 08:59

      And I want a bevy of supermodels and my beck and call…

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      • Brady miaau

        September 25, 2013 at 09:46

        you have a better chance…….

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  12. Joe Bold

    September 25, 2013 at 09:09

    I don’t know what to think… I try to avoid Steam and I have not bought a single game that require that platform for over 2 years. Though I was hoping for a long time for a PC OS tailored for gaming, but I hoped someone else than Valve would come up with one. Always hoped Microsoft would put a Gaming boot option into their Windows OS which would only load stuff necessary for gaming but you would still own your games and not like on Steam simply install a license for a game you thought you bought and can be revoked anytime by Valve; hell they can even cut your access to your gaming library completely and you potentially lose games worth a 1.000 € or more … The sad thing is, it already happened in the past and those affected did not got their access back.

    Please Microsoft, do something against that madness!

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    • Uberutang

      September 25, 2013 at 09:26

      Why would you avoid steam?

      Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 25, 2013 at 09:27

      Honestly I think MS missed a trick by not giving attention to PC gaming, they were (and really still are) in a good position to do something about it. Too focused on the old Xboxes.

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      • silverscorpio

        September 25, 2013 at 09:36

        Excellent point!

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  13. FoxOneZA

    September 25, 2013 at 09:10

    A gaming orientated OS is what the MASTER RACE has yearned for ever since the advent of consoles. Moving forward, SteamOS will push PC gaming forward and coupled with the 2mb ADSL standard lines(from November), there’ll more to look at PC’s as the new mainstream gaming platform in the living room.

    There’s another announcement coming from Valve this afternoon. Controller methinks?

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  14. string_slinger

    September 25, 2013 at 09:40

    There is already version of Office 365 and Adobe Suite for Linux, which will therefore work on Steam OS. And SteamOS will be a full OS with security and regular updates / maintenance as per Windows / OSX, therefore developers finally have a standardized Linux platform to develop for. This is not just big for gamers, this is big for professional work users too. A proper game-changer is executed correctly, and let’s be honest, there’s not much Valve does that’s not excellent.

    The only way this will not gain momentum, is if Microsoft does a big u-turn on their move toward an Apple-esque software ecosystem. And this is the year of MS U-turns, so watch that space…

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  15. Brady miaau

    September 25, 2013 at 09:55

    Right, since this is starting to look like a Windows V Linux thing:

    in 1999 I wrote a user manual for our office on Outlook 98. How to use the functions, set meetings, book boardrooms that sort of thing. I was also in user / server support.

    The booklet was heavy with pictures and press this button here, with an arrow. They (admin staff) still struggled. I am not a good teacher. So we get in a professional (not that kind, but we were tempted) After 3 days of outlook training I reached the following conclusion.

    Windows is here to stay in the business world at least, until the average admin staffer can get along without it. Whether I would reach that conclusion today is debatable, but the fact is people use what they are used to.

    As for games, Linux should have been the bomb: it did more on less hardware than Windows. But each new release of Windows (from XP, ignore Vista) does more on less hardware. My home pc is much faster with Windows 8, than Windows 7, for example. Wider adoption of Linux would have forced more game developers, but sadly they did not commit.

    But, in my opinion, the current console wars are not sustainable. Developing for different OS or platforms cost more money. Wonder what we will say in five years time?

    I am curios to see what value Steam OS can deliver

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      September 25, 2013 at 10:00

      Windows wins in gaming because of DirectX becoming the main dev tool. If it hadn’t been for that Windows would be in a far worse place right now

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      • silverscorpio

        September 25, 2013 at 10:13

        As I understand it and I might be wrong but the next directx 11.2 will only work on xbox one and windows 8.1.

        http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/160076-directx-11-2-will-be-a-windows-8-1-and-xbox-one-exclusive-microsoft-dangles-the-upgrade-carrot

        If Microsoft is closing the door for other consoles and operating systems, they are forcing the move away from DirectX. They are really making stupid decisions. I believe it when Gabe says that a lot of games will use OpenGL more because this is a natural reaction for any developer that wish to develop for other consoles as well.

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        • Brady miaau

          September 25, 2013 at 10:21

          Pizza hut. in that Stallone movie, Demolition Man. They won the franchise wars.

          MS, Sony and Nintendo are trying the same type of thing.

          My belief is in the future there will be standard to work to for game development, hardware independent. BUT the reason why consoles work is the dedicated hardware, so…..

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          • SaintsRowMurray

            September 25, 2013 at 11:16

            Ahem. It was Taco Bell…

          • Brady miaau

            September 25, 2013 at 12:32

            No, it was Pizza hut. in the non US version. But yeah, Taco Bell in US versions. Wow. Never seen that, saw movie at release, saw on video and saw on DSTV

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demolition_Man_(film)

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          September 25, 2013 at 10:27

          Yeah if they lock away 11.x to windows and Xbone only they will be shooting themselves in the foot.

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      • Brady miaau

        September 25, 2013 at 10:23

        In the past the vast majority of Windows sales was business driven.

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        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          September 25, 2013 at 10:29

          Yeah well we all know why the majority of windows sales appear in business and not in gaming even though you need windows to do any form of AAA gaming (If you catch where I am going with that statement)

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          • Brady miaau

            September 25, 2013 at 10:35

            I do indeed!

            I myself paid R1299 for Windows 7, because I felt I could afford it AND I had used my previous licenses a bit liberally.

  16. Weanerdog

    September 25, 2013 at 10:23

    Firstly, Steam has Dark souls and Hitman absolution for -75% for today.
    Secondly, All it is going to do is make your PC game run well on your TV and probably let you connect a controller, that is until AAA games come out on Linux and well then who knows. And you could seeing as you are connecting a device to your TV may as well make it a media centre as well with PVR capabilities.

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  17. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    September 25, 2013 at 10:51

    The reason I am excited for this is because it will probably bring forth the Steam console/Media Center.

    If all my games worked on Ubuntu I would move over ASAP. I am not saying it would be easy, but I want to move away from paid for OS and to free OS…

    If the Steam console can do all the media center things PS3/4 can then I guess I am moving my whole life towards Steam/Valve…

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    • silverscorpio

      September 25, 2013 at 11:08

      I feel the same.

      Reply

  18. Chris DeWet

    September 25, 2013 at 21:00

    Hopefully it works on everyday PC’s. Microsoft will never hear from me again.

    Reply

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