Monday, September 23, 2013

Steam OS announced!

Valve has been having us all on the edge of our seats for the last week with a teased announcement. And today, they broke the big news - they're developing Steam into its own operating system. What does this mean? According to the official announcement page, Steam OS is going to be a gaming focused system for living room PCs.

Let's read between the lines a little bit on that. People have been saying, over and over, that Valve is going to be making a console in the upcoming years. What they've done with this announcement is put the ball into everyone else's court. Now gaming PCs can be your living room console, and it's easier than ever.

There are other advantages here that Valve is publicizing today - Steam OS will allow you to stream games from your Windows or Mac based computers, and will have cloud saves and gaming built in, so that you can switch from one computer to the other and seamlessly pick up your game where you left off. Apparently, developers have already been working with the OS for some time, and "hundreds" of games are already working on it. Which could lead to the biggest launch title selection in history.

What do you think? Is this the wave of the future? Or has Valve bitten off more than they can chew?

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