SteamOS is the first foray for Valve into the operating system realm, but it should come as no surprise considering the leaps that their flagship digital distribution platform, Steam, has taken over the years. Steam has grown to a dominant place in the market and has continued to evolve. Everything from community hub pages to an active marketplace is included in Steam. It was growing into far more than a simple software platform and it now only seems logical that an operating system was the next step.
And here we are. SteamOS is real. Core gaming via Linux is here (and has been here to a degree for a couple years now). This is an exciting time for the PC gaming market. It marks the first shot fired in a war for not only the foundation of PC gaming, but for the concept of video gaming in its entirety. Valve is gunning for the living room where a PC makes just as much sense as an Xbox One. PC gaming is a concept more than it is a platform and it is one that the gaming market was well past due to recognize. SteamOS will proudly carry the banner into the trenches.