Value announced today its coming plans for its new living room operating system, SteamOS. In a quote from their own site, Valve describes the new operating system like this:
As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the
environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself.
SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen.
It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.
So what does this tell us? Not much in my opinion. SteamOS looks to be something that could be loaded on a PC that lives in the living room, but that’s a pretty unique use case. So could we see a SteamOS app for AppleTV or Roku? In-home Streaming is a feature of the OS, as Valve clearly states on their site. But it also mentions incorporating music and video content. It doesn’t list any company in particular but one can assume they are referring to Netflix, Hulu, and the like. And so that makes you wonder if the long rumored Steam Box is finally about to make an appearance.
Either way it looks like Steam’s newly announced Family Sharing service will be included as it begins to roll out over the next several months, as well as some other options for keeping a family’s games organized between members. After all, a family that plays together, stays together. Or at least that’s what I’ve heard.
Valve has made innovations in the PC gaming world with Steam for years now, and it doesn’t seem as though they plan to stop anytime soon. Family Sharing and now SteamOS are just two recent examples of how Valve wants to bring the experience of playing the thousands of games it has to offer to as many people as possible, and making sure that when you decide that you want to play, you’re spending your hard-earned dollars on Steam.