Valve is one of the most prominent names when it comes to online game publishing and distribution. The company has now announced that it would soon be releasing a ‘SteamOS’ which would essentially allow gamers to stream games from their Windows and Mac systems straight to their TVs.
The SteamOS will be a Linux-based operating system which aims to bridge the gap between PC and TV. Valve has long been trying to become a major player when it comes to living room entertainment. And an operating system which can translate video game content from PCs and Macs straight to large-screen displays will be a huge step forth in that direction.
According to the official announcement by Valve, “Finally, you don’t have to give up your favorite games, your online friends, and all the Steam features you love just to play on the big screen. SteamOS, running on any living room machine, will provide access to the best games and user-generated content available.”
The good news for the gamers is that all the major game developers are on board with Valve about this. The company claims that by 2014, all the major games will be available on and compatible with SteamOS.
Valve is also working on a Steam Box, a hardware of its own which will be integrated deep into the Steam ecosystem. However, the company has shied away from revealing any details about it, so much so that many skeptics have claimed that Valve is no longer working on it.