The rumor mill has been churning for what feels like forever now about this mysterious “Steam Box” that Valve is working on to revolutionize the world of gaming as we know it. That might sound like hyperbole to some, but Valve was able to take the chaotic world of PC gaming and find a way to unite it under the Steam software banner, turning the PC into a more unified gaming platform that we’ve seen big companies like EA and Ubisoft try (and fail) to emulate. Steam is the one must-have app for gamers who own a computer, be it with Windows, Mac or Linux, although the latter don’t have as many games available as Windows.
That is all about to change, though, as Gabe Newell has announced the existence of SteamOS, which is the next logical step for Valve in their quest to bring Steam to televisions. This whole thing has been a slow and methodical march, with Steam’s Big Picture mode getting rolled out a number of months ago that is set up to be used specifically with a game controller on a television. Of course, having your PC hooked up to your television sounds like a great idea until you do it and realize that outside of playing whichever games are supported on it, the whole thing is kind of a nightmare.
That leads us to that mythical Steam Box, which we still aren’t getting much on yet, but we are getting to the next step, which is SteamOS. SteamOS is going to be a modified version of Linux that Valve is working on right now, looking to unify the world of PC gaming under the Steam umbrella even more so. The details that we know now is that it is set to launch in 2014 and over the coming weeks there will be more big name, AAA titles announced supporting SteamOS.
As for being concerned about hooking up your PC to a TV, well, according to the official page, SteamOS will support streaming your library to your “living room machine.” What does that mean? I don’t know. Does that mean that you’ll be able to stream SteamOS to any smart TV, DVD player, or even router? Maybe. Does it mean having to buy a box of some sort? Either way, as long as it isn’t super expensive it sounds incredible.