SO Valve is been hyping three upcoming announcements, all to do with making Steam much more “TV room” friendly.
Reveal number 1 is SteamOS:
It’s linux based. It’s optimized for gaming and media. It’s free. They seem to want third parties to use it, in order to iterate on possible hardware solutions for the living room. Imagine things like the Chromecast, except with SteamOS, it would stream your media (online and local) as well as your games.
Along with SteamOS, they are announcing family share (which was actually already announced) making it easier to share your Steam library with other Steam accounts, Family options, which I guess translates into parental controls. Media/game streaming from other PC’s (and presumably tablets), and they are talking to content providers (I’m assuming the likes of Amazon, Netflix, HULU, etc) so as to have those services included as well.
Of course we don’t know what the other 2 announcements will be, and how they will tie into Steam OS, but I for one, am curious.
So does this mean anything to you? Any hype?
If it’s a decent service, I’ll be replacing windows 8 on my HTPC, with Steam OS. If I can run windows from within SteamOS, a la wine on Mac, that would be even better. But short of a Chromecast-like device or somethign with a passthroguh for cable a la Xbone, I guess I’ll keep my HTPC for now.