It aims to break away from Windows as the go-to place for PC gaming and establish itself as a major platform in its own right.its about time someone tried it :P
It'll be a combination of Steam's current platform and Linux. SteamOS is a free operating system designed for living rooms that Valve says "combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen." So, better performance.
“In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level," Valve writes. "Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases.”
Most gamers have a Windows 7 PC capable of playing current high end titles, but they don't want a Windows 8 PC. So it's giving them a wireless video-streaming media hub they can use with their existing machine. And it's evolving that hub in a year or so into a full fledged Windows alternative, offering gamers a gradual path away from Windows 8 and its successors.
Erm pictures help :P , here you go:
Of course this is beta software(going smoothly), and these options could quite feasibly be added later on. The advantage of having the display and audio outputs fixed by SteamOS is that all games abide by the same settings, the end result being that we don't see the screen flicker once a game is selected from the menu.(animus fans?) In this sense, transitions are much smoother than the Windows experience in Steam's Big Picture mode. There's no runtime window popping up where before we'd catch a glimpse of the Windows desktop running underneath as the game starts up. Our PC, with a dedicated SteamOS install, is buttery smooth from boot-up to shut down.
One that seems to be a promising new prospect.
Given time and enough developer support though it’ll evolve. We've been sceptics before; SteamOS may be in its infancy now, but in the long run it could well be the direction PC gaming needs to find a home in the living room.
here’s to 2014.
For people who say TLDR( too long didn’t read)
NEW STEAM OS , GREAT PERFORMANCE, FUTURE OF PC GAMING.