The operating system, however, is another story entirely. Without even base level support for media playback, streaming options (Netflix, Hulu, etc.), and a relatively limited list of games supported natively, it's very clearly early days for SteamOS.Read the full preview →
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Given time and enough developer support though, we hope these kinks will be ironed out. We've been sceptics before; SteamOS may be in its infancy now, but in the long run it could well be the direction PC gaming needs to find a home in the living room.Read the full preview →
... a big raised middle finger at Microsoft's PC gaming dominance, not to mention a warning to the consoles. There is a lot of work to be done here, particularly in regards to the installation methods, but these are forgivable given its very early beta status.Read the full preview →
Even if Valve's SteamOS fails to take off - and we doubt very much that it will - it's still a big raised middle finger at Microsoft's PC gaming dominance, not to mention a warning to the consoles. There is a lot of work to be done here, particularly in regards to the installation methods.Read the full preview →
Should you download SteamOS? Maybe – but in most cases you'll be better off running Steam on your existing Windows, Mac or Linux desktop. Keep an eye on it, though.Read the full preview →
SteamOS is really just a login shell for Debian/Ubuntu when it comes down to it. For those unfamiliar with shells, they are simply environments you log into. You can choose which shell to use when you login. Unity and Gnome are such environments. SteamOS running on its own shell means that it...Read the full review →
This is an amazingly focused version of Debian Linux for Steam fanatics. I loaded it from a USB flash drive in only 20 minutes on a custom built Intel Haswell box. It booted on the first try to Intel graphics. In Intel graphics mode I was able to break into the top 10 online scores on my...Read the full review →