December 20, 2013

Making sense of SteamOS

SteamOS is promising to be the next big leap forward for inter-platform gaming, across any device, anywhere, anytime. The problem is: What exactly is it supposed to do?

In this little post, we're going to try and make sense of the platform for you, and find out if it is really the next big thing it's promising to be...

Gaming Across Any Platform: Imagine playing your Steam games on your HDTV. Simply start up SteamOS, and you can stream the games to your TV, making a dream a reality. Or you can play your PC exclusive games on your Mac. Or the reverse!

(No, wait, not the reverse.....)

But, let's not ignore the elephant in the room: How exactly are you going to get SteamOS to run on your TV? Well, that still has to be seen. But Valve has promised more info in the coming months, so we suggest waiting before passing judgement.

Weaker Systems? No Problem: Based on what we've seen, we can safely speculate that it allows for lesser systems to play higher quality games, based on this statement by Valve: 

"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. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases." 

Music, Movies, and TV: While South Africans may once again miss out on this feature, Valve has confirmed that they are collaborating with media outlets in order to bring your favourite passive visual medias to Steam.

Now for the hilarious confusion when people notice their friends are playing "Breaking Bad" on Steam....

KVR Gaming: Rest assured, this little post will not be the end of our SteamOS coverage. We'll be involved extensively with the system, and even deliver a fully fledged review when it's finally released.

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