Sources: SteamOS, Valve [countdown page]
quote: Steam OS -- finally an open-source OS that's capable of serious Windows-compatible gaming
quote: TF2 performs ~20% better on Linux than it does on Windows.DOTA2 is about 5-10% faster.Linux has some significant but boring technical advantages when it comes to games, as compared to Windows.
quote: Windows is more involved in some low-level things (GPU memory allocation, for example) than Linux is. This is unfortunate because surface placement is one of the first-order determiners of performance, and Microsoft is at arm's length from the GPU.There are some other issues as well.Overall, Linux is a pretty great platform for gaming. It just doesn't have a lot of market share and so it isn't typically targeted.
quote: Besides this is an option, why are people so down on options
quote: I have been wanting this for a long time. My powerful machine is downstairs in my office, and my HTPC isn't powerful enough to play these games. So looking forward to this.
quote: They see Gabe as opportunistically co-opting their open platform for his own gain.
quote: It you have to use Windows to play games on Steam OS then OBVIOUSLY IT IS NOT A GAMER'S ALTERNATIVE TO WINDOWS 8 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
quote: An overestimate in supply doesn't necessarily translate to low demand, just lower than expected demand.
quote: So now we get a large customizable 2D space with one-click access, and people claim it's less productive? WTF?
quote: I should never EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER be forced from whatever I'm doing into an environment that completely occludes what I'm doing! Is that hard to understand?
quote: The Living Room aspect is the biggest fallacy of the whole thing. I'm sorry but PC gaming is built around KB/Mouse which is non-starter in the living room and I don't believe for a second a large portion of PC gamers will give up KB/Mouse just so they can play a game on the TV instead.
quote: The first announcement was made today as Valve unveiled Steam OS, a new custom Linux distribution, with a focus on gaming and Windows compatibility.
quote: Adobe System Inc.'s (ADBE) Creative Suite is already available via WINE. So it's invalid to say you can't switch to a Steam Box because you "can't do real work in Office/Photoshop.