SteamOS Has Just Been Released

DSOGaming writes: "Great news everyone as Valve's SteamOS has just been released."

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joeorc1594d ago

And here are the system requirements for SteamOS:

-Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
-4GB or more memory
-500GB or larger disk
-NVIDIA graphics card (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon)
-UEFI boot support
-USB port for installation

SteamOS is designed to run Steam and Steam games. It also provides a desktop mode which can run regular Linux applications. SteamOS makes use of the standard APT package manager for software updates; you can add third-party sources to your subscribed repositories to gain access to more applications. SteamOS currently provides a limited set of packages, but many Debian wheezy packages work fine on SteamOS.


Bigpappy1594d ago (Edited 1594d ago )

I still don't understand why I would want to be bothered installing this OS. Does it make the games better? Does it stop viruses? What is the up side ?

@FlyingFoxy: So if you are building a gaming rig, it saves you from having to pay for windows. I see some people going for that. You could save some money and have a lighter OS.

Linux has been around for a long time now, and still remains niche. If anything could change that, it would be gamers.

Here is wishing Gabe good luck.

FlyingFoxy1594d ago

It's free? If you have OEM Windows and you change hardware it bugs you about activation (i always buy Retail)

So basically you could install this and play any Steam game you want without having anything to do with windows.

Dude4201594d ago (Edited 1594d ago )

The up side you say?

- It's open source, meaning it's free, meaning you won't have to pay for Windows when SteamOS becomes a mainstream gaming platform.

- It's also a free license for developers, so that means no royalties are paid.

- If you have a second PC without windows, you can supposedly stream games from your Windows PC to a Steam PC to play on the TV (assuming you're gaming PC is not hooked to a TV).

- Nothing can stop viruses as long as there's a way to break through a software's security, the up side however is that Linux is not as widely known as Windows seen in the majority of consumer PC's. Therefore chances of getting infected are substantially less.

- I hate when Microsoft sometimes forces GFWL down our throats in certain games.

- No scams about buying Windows for cheap and all you get is a pirated key of windows.

I'm sure there are others.

allgamespc20121594d ago

for now its just meant as a testing tool, so dont worry about it right now. once it fixes its shortcomings itll get better.

remeber, this isnt meant to replace windows, just give an alternative. it needs to at least run the games as well or better than windows in order to be legit. as of now though, its hard as shit to install and only for testing purposes for the 300 beta testers.

Bigpappy1594d ago

@allgamespc2012: Thanks for your straight and informative answer. I already knew it was free but for me that is not a reason to install anything. Your explanation tells me that it is not yet ready and is still a work in progress. I wait and see what become of it and if it has an appeal for me when it is finished.

tagan8tr1594d ago

@flyingfoxy its great I always put off upgrades to motherboard because I hafta give ripoffsoft money for what ever current joke of an OS they are on, in the future I hope to be free of the M$ chains.

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come_bom1594d ago (Edited 1594d ago )

Just one tinny very important question... are all games on Steam compatible with SteamOS ? This is a Linux OS we are talking about.

adolson1594d ago

I am typing this from SteamOS's desktop. I installed it last night and only have 3GB of RAM and a 120GB spare hard drive I had kicking around, and a BIOS motherboard (no UEFI). Some AMD guys also have it up and running.

GSKerns1594d ago

so do you have to make like a separate partition for it?

john21594d ago (Edited 1594d ago )

Obviously yes. Installing SteamOS will delete everything you have in your HDD

joeorc1594d ago (Edited 1594d ago )


"so do you have to make like a separate partition for it?"

you can if you want, that is the fantastic thing you can do, you can dual boot if you want.

but you do not have to, it can be your entire OS..that's the great thing about this is you will be able to have a full OS, and the PC will be set really as more of a Game PC than not just in hardware, but now on the OS level also.

Letros1594d ago

A sea of icons, how original!

annus1594d ago

That's showing all the applications, you have to press a button for that to show it, it's similar to the start bar on Windows.

GeraltofRivia1594d ago

all i really care about is if someone has noticed more fps while playing a game and if so which game and how much of an increase? thanks for any feedback

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