Steam OS available for download

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Now that the first Steam Machine prototypes have shipped out, Valve has released its Steam OS into the wild.

You can download Steam OS here, and it’s advisable that you carefully read the Steam OS FAQ before diving in.

SteamOS is a fork (derivative) of Debian GNU/Linux. The first version (SteamOS 1.0) is called ‘alchemist’ and it is based on the Debian ‘wheezy’ (stable 7.1) distribution.

SteamOS is designed to run Steam and Steam games. It also provides a desktop mode which can run regular Linux applications.  SteamOS currently provides a limited set of packages, but many Debian wheezy packages work fine on SteamOS, says Valve.

Steam OS can only run Linux games, so your Windows-only library is out. However, Valve is working on a system which will allow Windows games to be streamed from your Windows machine to the your Steam OS machine.

SteamOS Hardware Requirements:

  • Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
  • 4GB or more memory
  • 500GB or larger disk
  • NVIDIA graphics card (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon)
  • UEFI boot support
  • USB port for installation

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  • Andrew Craucamp

    I don’t see why UEFI is required. Supported maybe but Debian certainly doesn’t require UEFI.

  • VirtualForce

    where does it say required? Am I missing something?

  • Who am i

    Meh.. Id rather stick with my windows platform.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-Fick/184346154999538 Wesley Fick

    Valve’s probably covering its bases for future hardware support. If people want to use SteamOS but don’t know how to fiddle with bootloaders, UEFI can cover that pretty well. I imagine they also want to support Secure Boot in the future.

  • Anthony

    SteamOS Hardware Requirements:

    Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor

    4GB or more memory

    500GB or larger disk

    NVIDIA graphics card (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon)

    UEFI boot support

    USB port for installation

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