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Steam Announces SteamOS Cross-Platform Operating System

/ Sep 25th, 2013 No Comments

[adsense250itp]In the first of three scheduled announcements, Steam announced this week that they will release a new, free to download cross-platform operating system called SteamOS. While they have not yet announced when SteamOS will become available, Steam’s new operating system will feature access to Steam libraries via television and multiple platforms.

SteamOS will feature improved graphics processing as well as tweaks to audio performance and input latency. The Linux based operating system will also connect content creators directly to customers allowing gamers to join in the development of games. It’s unclear as to how gamers will interface with content creators through the new operating system, however, based on other information released about SteamOS, users will be able to alter or replace any part of the operating system’s hardware or software they want.

Four new Steam features will be included in SteamOS. In-home streaming will allow a user to turn-on their computer and run Steam through a television. This feature will be essential to SteamOS as it is a cloud-based cross-platform operating system. SteamOS will also allow users to access their music, TV and movie library. Family Sharing, a new feature announced by Steam a few weeks ago, will allow users to assign other Steam users access to their Steam library enabling gamers to let friends and family “borrow” their games. Steam has also announced Family Options as a feature. Though few details have been released about Family Options, from what Steam has announced, it looks like a parental controls feature that will allow users to restrict access to titles in their library if the user is sharing their account with other users.

Quick Take

The media library feature looks exciting. It would be amazing, especially given the popularity of cloud-based software, to have a program that would store all purchased music and media, accessible through one program regardless of where that media was purchased from. Not sure if this is what the SteamOS feature is designed to do but here’s hoping. Are you excited about SteamOS? What features would you like to see in Steam’s new operating system?

Alexandra Mangen
Alex is a nerd who "loves loves loves" gaming. She's a huge FPS gamer but also dabbles in RPGs and MMOs. If it's entertaining and well designed, she's game.
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