A conversation with a friend at a technology research firm mentioned that the Xbox One trumped the PS4, simply because Microsoft was positioning its new console to be more than just a gaming system.

Well, too bad Microsoft because Valve’s newly announced SteamOS is here to compete the living room dominance.

For the longest time, PCs have been doing way more than just ‘gaming’. So I guess in terms of track record, SteamOS is all set to become the next possible top dog in the living room

The best part of this all is that its free for users and as a freely licensable operating system for manufacturers. No licensing costs means possibly bigger margins for game devs.

At the present moment, info with regards to the new SteamOS is still sketchy. We do know how awesome it really sounds but we have no idea if it would really work. My biggest concern would be utilizing streaming to push content to the living room, can Valve really pull it off if the conditions were not exactly ideal? Honestly speaking, I’ve yet to even try Steam Big Picture on my telly and the number of titles that I own that use a physical controller hover around the single digit region.

SteamOS is but just one of three announcements that Valve is planning for this week. Half Life 3 confirmed?

Check out all the breaking news and the new features of SteamOS direct from the main site to end all speculation.

SteamOS, running on any living room machine, will provide access to the best games and user-generated content available.

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Gerald currently straddles between his love of video games and board gaming. There's nothing that interests him more than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town as well. He dreams of publishing a board game sometime in the future!