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    Valve has recently developed steam OS, their own Linux-based operating system. The main idea behind it, is to turn your PC into a console-like experience, with the UI, security, etc. I am unsure whether to try it out, as I have windows 10 installed, has anyone here tried it out? If yes, is it worth all the hassle to get? Does it enhance your steam experience, or is windows just overall better to stay on? I mainly use my computer for gaming, so I wouldn't see any harm in trying it out I guess.

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    Steam OS might be good at its own place, but my choice is always Windows. Because of a lot of reasons my working can only be done on Windows. Linux is also good OS but only for advanced users. I just don't like Linux OS, It's just a mess in their not easy for beginners. However, Mac is also a good option to use. You can also use Mac OS for gaming purpose. It's fast and reliable and I guess better than Windows for some users.

    If you only want to play games on your PC and don't have any important data in it. You can give it a try and see what happens. Maybe you will love that OS or you will get a good experience.

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    I am comfortable with Xubuntu and Windows right now. Don't feel the need to try any other Linux version. But apparently, it is a Debian Linux variant for playing games in the living room. Since SteamOS is solely for playing games in the living room, it does not have many built-in functions beyond web browsing and playing games.
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    I wonder if I can play games for Windows live with a Steam OS. I am considering to get a PC with Steam controlled after hearing Steam games are better than on disk PC games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    I wonder if I can play games for Windows live with a Steam OS. I am considering to get a PC with Steam controlled after hearing Steam games are better than on disk PC games.
    I definitely recommend getting steam games, rather than disk based games. A digital library is much better, as you can never "lose" your game, for example, a disk can always get scratched, break, or get lost. Whereas, a digital game is always available. Furthermore, steam has very good sales, such as 80% on many games during the Christmas period.
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    I wanted to buy a Steam OS two years ago, but they kept moving the release date. They are very good at marketing, but they create false hope too soon! From what I've seen on their website, you have some choice. You can buy the machine, or just the controller, or both, and there are different kinds of machines. All are very expensive, in my opinion. I'm not changing this laptop for some years now, and I need it for work, therefore I won't buy the Steam OS unless I win a lottery. I'm satisfied with using the basic Steam client, and there are many free to play games that I can discover during the rest of my life, and beyond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aimayaram View Post
    I wanted to buy a Steam OS two years ago, but they kept moving the release date. They are very good at marketing, but they create false hope too soon! From what I've seen on their website, you have some choice. You can buy the machine, or just the controller, or both, and there are different kinds of machines. All are very expensive, in my opinion. I'm not changing this laptop for some years now, and I need it for work, therefore I won't buy the Steam OS unless I win a lottery. I'm satisfied with using the basic Steam client, and there are many free to play games that I can discover during the rest of my life, and beyond.
    Actually, Steam OS has been released a couple of months ago, and it's a free operating system, based on Linux, and developed by valve. Steam machines in the other hand, are valve made "computers" which come with steam OS, they are designed to compete with consoles, in the sense that they bring PC gaming to the living room.

    You can get steam OS on your PC for free right now.
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    Okay, I'll try it in a virtual machine then. But I suppose it needs a high amount of RAM. I've got 4 Gb of RAM. So I can devote only 2 Gb to a virtual machine without freezing my computer. Like you, I need Windows for other features, such as the printer, programs that give me work online and installing games and programs that require Windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aimayaram View Post
    Okay, I'll try it in a virtual machine then. But I suppose it needs a high amount of RAM. I've got 4 Gb of RAM. So I can devote only 2 Gb to a virtual machine without freezing my computer. Like you, I need Windows for other features, such as the printer, programs that give me work online and installing games and programs that require Windows.
    I think you could try to install steam OS, and have windows aswell, allowing you to switch between the two, and 4GB of RAM is not bad at all, I don't think steam OS is very demanding to run, as its an operating system designed only for gaming.

    On the other hand, you can also run steam in "big picture" mode, which you can find in the steam settings. It starts steam in a program, which makes it look like a console, or like steam OS.
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    Since the launch of Windows 8, Gabe Newell, founder of Valve, has publicly expressed his displeasure against the new operating system from Microsoft due to the company's desire that all apps go through the official "Store". This, of course, carries the risk of leaving out Valve, if Microsoft decides eventually eliminate the "Desktop" operating system, and force the installation of apps exclusively through the Store. Steam OS, then, is an interesting alternative, especially for those who often use computers more for video games. Given the enormous popularity of Steam, and taking into account the role of "streaming" that will implement Valve, the steam os could present a real threat to Microsoft on the desktop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hurtadoluisalex View Post
    Since the launch of Windows 8, Gabe Newell, founder of Valve, has publicly expressed his displeasure against the new operating system from Microsoft due to the company's desire that all apps go through the official "Store". This, of course, carries the risk of leaving out Valve, if Microsoft decides eventually eliminate the "Desktop" operating system, and force the installation of apps exclusively through the Store. Steam OS, then, is an interesting alternative, especially for those who often use computers more for video games. Given the enormous popularity of Steam, and taking into account the role of "streaming" that will implement Valve, the steam os could present a real threat to Microsoft on the desktop.
    I agree, however windows 10 is a giant improvement over windows 8, and it's actually decent for gaming. I think steam OS would only appeal to gamers, therefore wouldn't be that much of a threat to Microsoft, who have many different customers, if that makes sense. I personally wouldn't use steam OS over windows, as I do many other things in my PC beside gaming, such as college work etc.

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