Get Your Hands on SteamOS This Weekend

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davelray

Let's look at the requirements for SteamOS shall we?

*Intel or AMD 64 bit processor.
*4GB or more RAM
*500GB Hard Drive
*Nvidia graphics card (Intel and AMD support "soon")
*UEFI Boot support
*USB port for installation

This isn't the "recommended" requirements. This is the "minimum." Now I know there's a large number of Max PC readers that wouldn't even be phased by these requirements. 64 bit CPU: Check. 4GB of RAM or more: 16GB Check. Nvidia Graphics card: Nope, I'm still chugging along with a AMD Radeon HD 6990 card. 500GB Hard Drive: Nope. My primary boot drive is a 250GB Samsung EVO. UEFI: Check USB: Check.

A little further reading and I see that the full image of SteamOS requires a 1TB disk? What are they installing that could possibly require 1TB.

The reason I point this out is Gabe went off on Microsoft and Windows 8 calling it a "catastrophe." Well, that "catastrophe" doesn't have near the requirements Gabe's new OS has. Granted some of you still prefer Windows 7. But even 8 and 8.1 don't have these system requirements.

Wasn't SteamOS supposed to just be a way to browse and stream games from a desktop as well as buy and play the games that are already Linux compatible from the Steam store? If so, why these system requirements?

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PCLinuxguy

The requirements are more for when the OS is out of it's Dev/Alpha/Beta builds (i.e. when it's finished) and you're making a real gaming rig out of it. Even on Linux I'd not game with less than 4GB of Ram, and game libraries can be good sized, so 500GB or larger helps. Yeah, they could've done better clarifying or writing it out better, but I'm surprised you'd make a trolling-ish post on it since normally you post some rather good comments. Though everyone has that moment where it's the whole "F It" and the troll makes a pass.

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davelray

While it may be trollish, I was looking forward to playing with SteamOS since I refuse to buy into the next generation of consoles from MS/Sony/Nintendo. Currently I have a little box running Linux and the steam client on it that I am tinkering with but wanted to get the full SteamOS effect. Only to find, to my dissatisfaction, that my little box isn't capable of running SteamOS. However, it's fully capable of running Windows 7/8/8.1 with the Steam Client. So I'm calling Gabe out on his rant against Windows and then turning around and making a mess of things with his OS. I'll bide my time and wait though. Maybe the final version of SteamOS will play nicely with a broader range of gear and a slimmer size hard drive.

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PCLinuxguy

As i said, everyone has that troll moment once in a while. I was just caught off guard by it. You did make valid points though and still do. I can't wait to see how this new distro pans out, especially for the graphics drivers as those are a pain in the rear for Linux.

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davelray

I know I know, but I wasn't trying to troll. I'm severely disappointed. I've always been pessimistic about gaming on Linux. Not because I don't like Linux. But because no one's pulled it off successfully. And by the look of it, neither will Valve. But I guess I will remain hopeful that one day, someone will wake up and make a variety of Linux that actually works for gaming.

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PCLinuxguy

Agreed. It's been alot of good concepts, but so far nothing has worked. Maybe having Valve backing it will fix it. Though I'm not going to put all my eggs in one basket yet.

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Carlidan

well i'm seeing a vid where the guy has an amd card and he VM it. So I'm guessing you really need those minimums to at least run the OS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPEEhSBl38Q

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John Pombrio

This will be interesting. I wonder how baked the Steam OS is at this point? The LAST thing Valve needs is a non-working SteamOS or one with heavy bugs. I am just down on the whole concept to begin with and will be reinforcing my beliefs with any negative press. Why not wait a few months and polish it up? Is Valve REALLY trying to hack away at the console launches?

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AFDozerman

From what valve themselves have been saying, it isn't very far along at all. They're saying expect issues at first. When a company says something like that, you know that they're either extremely honest, or it's gonna be pretty bad.

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bezerkus

So will the whole OS stop working if I'm not online and Steam is up;)
No thanks

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brannank

The 300 selected beta testers are being notified today (at about 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time)

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/steam-box-machines-beta-steamos,25386.html

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Carlidan

Wonder if you will be able to VM it.

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PCLinuxguy

I will find a way

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legionera

Very probably.

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Obsidian

Assuming they already notified the 300, I wasn't part of that group. I will wait until the kinks are worked out before I give it a try. Looking forward to the first impressions and the press to follow.

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brannank

The 300 selected beta testers are being notified today (at about 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time)

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/steam-box-machines-beta-steamos,25386.html

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Obsidian

So there's still hope! ... even if it's misplaced hope based on R2-D2 -like probability factors.

Thanks for the information.

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Nixon

Interested in it, more or less.