As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. 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.
You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!
Music, TV, Movies
We’re working with many of the media services you know and love. Soon we will begin bringing them online, allowing you to access your favorite music and video with Steam and SteamOS.
Essentially they want you to be able to build a htpc and not even need to buy an OS for it. There is a long term plan too I think. They have been pushing games for linux so i bet they are hoping to get everyone gaming on their OS before it's all over.
Apparently in the coming months valve plans to announce AAA titles coming in 2014 that will run in their OS. They really are trying to become the pc gaming platform.
quote:So would I be playing the games through the computer or through the television? Also, would I still be able to use a mouse and keyboard?
Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!