September 23rd 2013 1:10 pm

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Thousands of games, millions of users. Everything you love about Steam. Available soon as a free operating system designed for the TV and the living room.

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Engadget Nov 4, 2013

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.

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Eurogamer Dec 19, 2013

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.

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TechRadar Dec 18, 2013

... 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.

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TechRadar Dec 20, 2013

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.

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PC Authority Dec 17, 2013

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.

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aenews aenews

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...

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chatins chatins

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...

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8.0
onirosco onirosco

SteamOS has so much potential... And I know its not out yet... But things should be moving faster than they are. As it is, it works perfect though limited. The lack of games is very annoying and unless speed picks up it may miss its chance.

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