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SteamOS Thoughts, SteamOS Official Group & Next Announcement

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So with the dust settling in about Valve's new SteamOS it's time to take a quick think about it all.

SteamBox & SteamOS
SteamOS should hopefully give Linux a boost in usage numbers as well as making Linux itself better overall. Through Valve helping projects in the Linux sphere and talking to AAA developers and hardware manufacturers it should hopefully be a big boon for Linux.

As long as they don't eventually go the route of Android then desktop Linux has had nothing else really come close to helping it along in the gaming space. I don't honestly see why they would lock the rest of it down to the point of being incompatible with desktop Linux since they already have their closed platform as Steam itself.

Today AMD seem to have some big Linux announcement too:

AMD is pledging an announceme tomorrow that should make Linux lovers and game developers quite happy... #GPU14

— Chris Pirillo (@ChrisPirillo) September 24, 2013

Could they be partnering with Valve to power the first Steam box processor wise or graphics wise, it's certainly a possibility.

It's not surprising that NVIDIA is now going to open up some code and provide some help to the nouveau open source graphics stack for NVIDIA chips (source), maybe they want to get in on all this action and have a friendlier face to Linux if it gets more popular.

Official Group
A group has popped up on Steam called Steam Universe for discussion about SteamOS, Beta Hardware, and Big Picture Mode. So, we should see some pretty interesting discussions happen there as well as where I am sure we will see more info trickle in after the three announcements are done with.

Next Announcement
It's quite likely one of the next announcements will be a form of SteamBox considering the tag-line of the new official group including the words "Beta Hardware", then again it could just be an awesome new controller anything is possible it is Valve we are talking about after-all.

We know that Left 4 Dead 3 and Source 2 are coming as they where leaked from their offices:
This picture was taken during the DOTA2 tournament on a visit to Valve's offices.

I doubt we will see any game related announcements until later in the year though considering this text on the SteamOS page:

QuoteWatch for announcements in the coming weeks about all the AAA titles coming natively to SteamOS in 2014

Well only 9 hours to go now, the excitement is building in me and I'm sure in you too!

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Holger Sep 25, 2013
I doubt we will see much about Steambox in the first place, since a "steambox" is nothing more than an average PC running SteamOS. The opensource concept of SteamOS might make hardware vendors jump in to actually release their own steambox variants. When running "stream gaming mode" I think a SFF PC such as the Zotac AMD E350 boxes will make a great steambox.

For me the next variable in the "steam to big screen" equation is some cool / nifty controller which enables you to play mouse / keyboard games on your couch.

Just my two cents....
berillions Sep 25, 2013
AAA games will be available on Steam Linux too or only on Steam OS ?
I don't want to buy SteamBox to play at AAA games in 2014...
Sabun Sep 25, 2013
QuoteAAA games will be available on Steam Linux too or only on Steam OS ?
No one knows this yet, but we can take a look at Metro Last Light which will be coming out for both. I think it's safe to assume that the games will be released for Linux, and probably tailored slightly to SteamOS.
sobkas Sep 25, 2013
You can watch  GPU '14 Product Showcase:
lngmr Sep 25, 2013
Could it be AMD CPU with Nvidia GPU?

Quoting: berillionsAAA games will be available on Steam Linux too or only on Steam OS ?
I don't want to buy SteamBox to play at AAA games in 2014...

In future other services and applications might not be, but I am hoping every game to be Linux compatible at least.
hele Sep 25, 2013
Interesting rumours. Acording to this Valve announces reference hw design today (not an out-of-the-box console) and Source 2 + one game on friday.
Liam Dawe Sep 25, 2013
Hmm interesting, we don't exactly have long before we find out thanks for sharing hele.

Bundling a source2 game on activation of a SteamBox would be killer :D
hele Sep 25, 2013
Here is the screen from 4chan.

But remember, this "leak" is just from an anonymous user.
Lord Avallon Sep 25, 2013
Well, I take this and the picture of Left 4 Dead 3 and Source 2 as pure rumors (but I hope they can be true!).
Kristian Sep 25, 2013
Quoting: berillionsAAA games will be available on Steam Linux too or only on Steam OS ?
I don't want to buy SteamBox to play at AAA games in 2014...

The update to the original GOL article answers your question:
QuoteGot a response from Valve about games and the normal Linux distros:
My question:
I was wondering about the SteamOS and if games that work on it will also work on normal Linux distros (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc)?
And the response:
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