Valve Makes Good On Linux Steam Machine Promise

When gaming vendor Valve’s co-founder Gabe Newell told the Linuxcon USA conference audience last September that Linux is the future of gaming, he also hinted that his company’s future consoles would be Linux-powered.

At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, Newell made good on his prediction with the formal unveiling of the first generation of Valve’s Steam Machine gaming console.

The Steam Machine is powered by SteamOS, which is a Linux operating system based on the community Debian Linux distribution. SteamOS optimizes the Debian Linux base and adds the Steam gaming client on top to run the actual games.

At CES, Newell revealed that 14 hardware vendors will be making Steam Machine-based PCs to run as living room entertainment consoles that will compete against Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s Playstation 4. The 14 vendors are Alienware, Alternate, CyberPowerPC, Digital Storm, Falcon NW, GigaByte, iBuyPower, Maingear,, Next Spa, Origin PC, Scan, Webhallen and Zotac.

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