Valve released the beta for their Linux-based operating system SteamOS on Friday, coinciding with the Steam Machine beta that saw 300 participants receive a prototype of their upcoming console.
According to the SteamOS website, "As an early release, much is changing, so expect rough edges. In its current state, SteamOS is definitely not a finished product ready for a non-technical user.
Most importantly, it currently only supports a certain set of hardware (you can read more in our FAQ). We are hard at work to expand this list.
That being said, we already use it in our living rooms. We are excited about what it is and what it will become. And the more of you do the same and tell us about your experiences, the quicker those rough edges will be sanded off.
Users should not consider SteamOS as a replacement for their desktop operating system. SteamOS is being designed and optimized for the living room experience."
Valve have also released minimum specs for running the operating system:
- Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
- 4GB or more memory
- 500GB or larger disk
- NVIDIA graphics card (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon)
- UEFI boot support
- USB port for installation
Those who meet the specifications can download the beta for SteamOS.