Valve has unveiled SteamOS, a Linux-based platform for gaming, watching TV, and listening to music.
SteamOS, according to Valve, is a “standalone operating system for living room machines.”
It will bring PC gaming to TVs, allowing Valve’s existing Steam store to compete with consoles, and will also function as a smart TV, allowing users to play movies, watch TV, and stream music, according to the company.
Valve said, “SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience made for the big screen.” “It will soon be a free operating system that can run on its own for machines in the living room.”
Users will be able to install it on their own PCs, and manufacturers will be able to use it on their own hardware.
Valve’s own hardware, the Steam Box, is widely expected to be unveiled later this week, and the company has hinted on its website that it has two more announcements planned for this week.