According to Valve's site, "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."
"We’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself," the site continues.
SteamOS will tie in with Steam, and "you don’t have to give up your favorite games, your online friends, and all the Steam features you love just to play on the big screen. SteamOS, running on any living room machine, will provide access to the best games and user-generated content available."
Valve says Steam OS has "achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases."
Valve is teasing two more announcements this week, with the second to follow on Wednesday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. Pacific.
Source : ign[dot]com