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NewsPoster Sep 23, 2013 02:18 PM
Valve reveals free SteamOS software for living room gaming, new timer
Valve Software has announced it will be making its own operating system available to download in the future. <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294586==http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/" rel='nofollow'>SteamOS</a>, the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294587==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/09/20/valve.teases.possible.steam.box.launch.with.countd own.timer/" rel='nofollow'>first</a> of an expected trilogy of Steam Box-related items to be revealed this week, is an operating system <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294588==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/09/16/valve.ceo.confirms.commitment.to.linux.reiterates. anti.windows.stance/" rel='nofollow'>based on Linux</a> that is designed to run on a computer located in the living room, with a heavy focus on gaming. <br />
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The software, which will be available as a free download to users for their own PCs in the future, can be licensed by other device manufacturers for use, effectively turning SteamOS into a core component of the fabled <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294583==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/09/valve.ceo.explains.hardware.plans.user.generated.s team.future/" rel='nofollow'>Steam Box</a> game console. It is claimed by Valve that it has "achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing" in its Linux-based work, and will be working on "audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level." <br />
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Valve also claim that SteamOS will allow the hardware industry to "iterate in the living room at a much faster pace than they have been able to," with increased communication between content creators and consumers, and user-alterable software and hardware suggested for the future. <br />
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SteamOS and the Steam client will receive a number of extra features in the future. The previously-announced <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294584==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/09/11/new.service.allows.loaning.users.to.earn.achieveme nts.save.progress/" rel='nofollow'>Family Sharing</a> game lending system, music, TV, and movie distribution, and family access controls are heading to both the OS and client, though Valve does not reveal a date, only stating they will be "available soon." In-home streaming is also touted, with the SteamOS machine able to stream the game from an existing Windows or Mac system over a home network, in a similar manner to Nvidia's Shield. <br />
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While the announcement stops short of being a Steam Box, there could well be an announcement of such a device later this week. The first of three icons has illuminated on Valve's Living Room <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294585==http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/" rel='nofollow'>site</a>, with the second icon showing a new timer that is due to end on Wednesday.
 
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