With the SteamOS Beta being released by Valve, you can try your hand at building your own Steam Machine. Valve has put up instructions and hardware requirements online for you to try all yourself, but be warned! Download this beta version of SteamOS only if you are a die-hard Linux user. SteamOS FAQ warns, the system’s install methods will erase everything on the machine, try this only if you are a brave heart. If you are not technically savvy we suggest you wait till the final version is released in 2014.
After Valve’s announcement we have some idea on that the SteamOS looks like. It is based on Debian Linux which is designed to run Steam and Steam games. Although Windows games and apps cannot run or play on SteamOS, it can stream Windows-based Steam games to secondary computers. The idea is to have a large number of Steam games running natively on SteamOS.
So, what is SteamOS Beta? According to their FAQ page, “SteamOS Beta is an early, first-look public release of our Linux-based operating system. The base system draws from Debian 7, code named Debian Wheezy. Our work builds on top of the solid Debian core and optimizes it for a living room experience. Most of all, it is an open Linux platform that leaves you in full control. You can take charge of your system and install new software or content as you want.”
The hardware requirements for SteamOS 1.0 include
- An Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
- 4GB+ memory
- A 500GB or larger disk
- UEFI boot support
- A USB port for installation
- Nvidia graphics (AMD and Intel graphics support may follow soon)
For FAQ and more details, visit the site by clicking here.
If you wish to download the full installation instructions visit this link.
Commercial Steam Machines may make it to the market by next year. At the CES 2014 event we shall hear more from the company and shall keep you posted on the same.
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