Valve has announced SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system designed for living room based PCs. SteamOS will be as hackable and customizable as other versions of Linux, and Valve is encouraging users to create customizations based on their gameplay preferences, much like Steam Workshop allows for mods. In the announcement, Steam also confirmed the long rumored PC game to TV streaming capability, which will allow you to play ALL your Steam games with this setup, not just the ones that support Linux natively. Of course, Steam is also signing up with services like Netflix, Hulu, and the rest in order to complete the current package found on your Xbox or PS3 today.
We live in exciting times. Valve is throwing down the gauntlet in a big, flashy way and stepping right into the path of the new consoles this November. There are two more announcements to be had this week, with another coming in 48 hours, and one has to imagine that this operating system needs a box. Some sort of box that perhaps runs Steam. A Steambox if you will. Stay with Geekenstein for the entire week as this story develops.