When Valve announced that there will be 3 exciting announcements, they obviously never disappoint. The first of the three announces is SteamOS: "SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines." Valve notes Key features with SteamOS are as follows:
In-Home Streaming: A machine running SteamOS will be able to stream games running on your existing computer to your TV
Family Sharing: As Valve previously teased, multiple people will be able to take turns playing games within a single Steam account while earning their own achievements and saving their own progress to the cloud
Media Services: Valve says it's working with "many of the media services you know and love," to allow "access your favorite music and video with Steam and SteamOS."
Family Options: Families will "have more control over what titles get seen by whom," likely implying some sort of parental control system.
Valve also stating that steam will be the same as the lovely program on your computer. "Finally, you don’t have to give up your favorite games, your online friends, and all the Steam features you love just to play on the big screen. SteamOS, running on any living room machine, will provide access to the best games and user-generated content available." Valve also writes, "In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases."
This is just only one of the three announcements from Valve. The next announcement will be this Wednesday at 1PM Eastern.