Valve’s mysterious countdown has finally reached 0, and something amazing has been unveiled to the world… kinda. Today, Valve announced a new Linux-based operating system, which is likely to be the platform for any hardware that Valve may be planning to release in the future.
More interesting than the OS itself, it seems that the plan is to make SteamOS available completely free for users, as well as freely licensable for manufacturers. SteamOS has an interesting feature list as well. The official website mentions streaming games over a home network, as well as ‘many media services’ to enable music, TV, and movie streaming. SteamOS also mentions the recently announced Family Sharing feature, which seems to be a big part of SteamOS.
The site says SteamOS will be available soon, but Valve Time can be a tricky thing, so I’ll hold off on guessing exactly when we’ll be seeing it.
You can check out the full description of SteamOS here. And keep in mind, that this is only the first of three announcements. The countdown to the second annoucement has already begun, and come Wednesday at Noon CST we’ll see what new wonders Valve has in store for us.
For an extra bit of fun, I donned my tin-foil hat for a moment and came up with some ideas for what Day 2 and Day 3 may hold…
Day 2 – Valve SteamOS Machine
Day 3 – Controller?