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Valve launching Steam operating system

Valve have announced a soon to be released, completely free operating system to bring Steam to your living room as part of their campaign to broaden their digital distribution package beyond the PC market.

Valve are claiming the new OS has "achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing" while pursuing improvements to "audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level". It seems likely - but is not yet certain - that the OS will incorporate all the existing Steam features which do so well; games catalogue, matchmaking, Big Picture, Workshop... you know the drill.

Using an open source OS could present all sorts of interesting developments, although how this will gel with games requiring Windows remains to be seen... a streaming service mentioned on the SteamOS webpage implies that a Windows PC could stream games wirelessly to another device (something utilised by the Nvidia Shield) but its use here could mark a huge upheaval in the console gaming market (hat tip to Tech Radar).

Another big reveal is expected tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled...

Last updated: 18/04/2018 05:07:04

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