Steam powered is the future of gaming

Valve announces Steam OS and Steam-Machines.

Steam gaming portal.  Photo by Joshua Livingston, used under a creative commons license.

Steam gaming portal. Photo by Joshua Livingston, used under a creative commons license.

Valve Corporation, developers behind the Half-life and Team Fortress series along with the innovative Steam gaming portal, just recently unveiled a new Linux based operating system called Steam OS.

The operating system is completely free and licensable, and Valve stated this operating system will run games on platforms known as Steam-machines.  In Valve’s eyes Steam-machines are any computer running the Steam OS.

Valve stated that the Steam-machine is a “collaborative, many, to many platform.” The platform will stream games and other content directly from the users Steam portal, and eventually users will be able to build and modify their very own Steam-machines.

Valve has already designed and produced many of the rumored Steam-boxes, Valve’s first venture into creating its own console, and is sending them out to 300 Steam gaming beta testers this year.

Along with the OS and Steam-machine, Valve also announced the Steam controller.  The controller boasts dual track pads, a centered touch screen, multiple symmetrical buttons and triggers.

Steam’s official announcement about the controller included this quote, “traditional gamepads force us to accept compromises. We’ve made it a goal to improve upon the resolution and fidelity of input that’s possible with those devices.”

With the future of gaming heavily in Valves court at this point, keep an eye out for any future announcements, or sign up to be a beta tester at store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamMachines.

 

Nicholas Wedyke

Managing Editor

 

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