Valve’s Arch-based Linux operating system, SteamOS, which currently only runs on Steam Deck, is on its way to other mobile devices.
SteamOS is headed to mobile devices, then PC
This was revealed by Lawrence Yang and Yazan Al-Dahiyat during an interview with PC Gamer. Gamers hope the operating system will come to PC, but it will first reach other mobile devices before Windows is eventually replaced by Valve’s Linux operating system by eager gamers hoping to get FPS and/or make their games easier to run.
The reason it takes time regardless of platform is that the operating system is highly optimized for the company’s mobile devices. Yang said that they hope to get this done soon and that it is very high on the priority list. After the mobile version is ready, they will have to work on supporting the drivers so that the operating system will work on PCs, of course. “Right now, it’s set up very well on the Steam Deck.”
It’s actually possible to install SteamOS, and Valve has one too Guide Which helps you to do it on PC, but this version is based on “Debian ‘jessie’ (stable 8.x)” – The guide was last updated on 2013.
System requirements, SteamOS:
- Processor: 64-bit Intel or AMD processor
- Memory: 4 GB RAM or more
- Hard disk: 200 GB or larger
- Video card: NVIDIA video card, AMD video card (RADEON 8500 and later), Intel video card
- Added: USB port for UEFI firmware installation (recommended)
Is Windows’ complete dominance as a gaming operating system about to evaporate?
If Valve can get products like the OneXPlayer OneXFly, Ayaneo Air 1S, and ROG Ally to perform well with SteamOS, it’s going to take a lot of friction from the complete dominance of Windows devices.
Dave James, journalist, PC Gamer
The two state that they believe SteamOS would have performed very well in competing Steam Deck products. PC Gamer’s Dave James confirms that operating systems like PopOS are running on RTX 3080-powered PCs like the Razer Blade, including ray tracing and DLSS support.
Valve has just launched the Steam Deck OLED, but it is still not possible to order it from official channels in Norway.
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