Rumors regarding Valve trying to grasp a foot hold in the living room have been swirling around for months. Today it appears that those rumors may be in fact be true. Valve has just announced the release of SteamOS. Based on linux, SteamOS will be a free operating system designed specifically for the living room.

“As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself,” Valve stated. “SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.”

Interestingly, Valve references “living room machines” in their official statement. This could be an indication that they will soon announce the much rumored “Steam Box”. Valve also gave a a few details regarding 4 new features that will be available via the SteamOS.  Valve is currently working with various media providers in order to make many well known  TV, Movie and Music services available on the SteamOS. In an effort to bring the Steam gaming experience to the living room, the SteamOS will also allow you to stream games from your PC or Mac over your network and to your TV. Family sharing and advanced customizable parental locks will also be available.

Valve has promised 3 major announcements this week and this is just the first, so stay tuned for more updates as they come.

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