Valve is delving into the OS market with SteamOS, a new operating system designed around Steam and utilizing the Linux architecture. The free standalone OS will soon be available for living room machines, presumably an impending announcement of the Steam Box console will follow. SteamOS also provides easy access for content creators to make iterations.
Steam is not a one-way content broadcast channel, its a collaborative many-to-many entertainment platform, in which each participant is a multiplier of the experience for everyone else. With SteamOS, openness means that the hardware industry can iterate in the living room at a much faster pace than theyve been able to. Content creators can connect directly to their customers. Users can alter or replace any part of the software or hardware they want. Gamers are empowered to join in the creation of the games they love. SteamOS will continue to evolve, but will remain an environment designed to foster these kinds of innovation.
Check out the SteamOS website to learn more.