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2 years ago#1
Sorry if this is the wrong forum to post Steam OS questions, but I couldn't find a specific forum related to it, so I'm posting here.

I'm considering skipping both the PS4 and Xbox One this generation and going with a gaming PC for my third-party game needs. However, I'm also tempted by the prospect of the new Steam Machines, since they'll basically streamline PC gaming into something more similar to the console experience I'm used to. Also, they would allow me to forego having to use Windows on what's basically just going to be a gaming machine for me.

However, I am a little concerned that the Steam OS won't allow the computers using it to run games that aren't purchased on Steam, which would mean I'd be missing out on deals and libraries offered by GoG, Green Man Gaming, etc. I've done a few searches on the topic, but I can't find anywhere that this question has been answered yet. Is there any official word on this, or are we still waiting on Valve to make a statement?
2 years ago#2
SteamOS is linux.
If the game on Gog works on linux, it will (probably) work on steamos.

All linux games should be supported.
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2 years ago#3
It's just a prebuilt computer with Linux.

Buy one.
2 years ago#4
Also keep in mind that SteamOS won't natively support every single Steam game - at least at first. Again, it's Linux, so it will only run Linux games itself. However, you can still dual-boot with Windows or something, and use Windows to play any non-Linux games.
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2 years ago#5
You can also stream games from a windows PC to your Steam Machine.

Which is pretty neat.
2 years ago#6
solutions:

1: wait till game becomes supported as steamOS gains popularity
2: stream from windows computer to steamOS box
3: install windows on your steambox and/or dual boot and have the best of both worlds
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PC hardware doesn't need to match console hardware in price when PC gamers save literal thousands from the software they buy. http://www.steamgamesales.com/
2 years ago#7
From: AsucaHayashi | #006
3: install windows on your steambox and/or dual boot and have the best of both worlds


This would probably be the best option for most people unless they already have a kick ass gaming computer and just want to stream to their living room anyway.
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2 years ago#8
The_Hyphenator posted...
However, I am a little concerned that the Steam OS won't allow the computers using it to run games that aren't purchased on Steam, which would mean I'd be missing out on deals and libraries offered by GoG, Green Man Gaming, etc. I've done a few searches on the topic, but I can't find anywhere that this question has been answered yet. Is there any official word on this, or are we still waiting on Valve to make a statement?


Steam OS will be open source, so it's highly unlikely to include any DRM. Of course, it'll probably come with Steam installed, but you get the point.
2 years ago#9
dekou posted...
The_Hyphenator posted...
However, I am a little concerned that the Steam OS won't allow the computers using it to run games that aren't purchased on Steam, which would mean I'd be missing out on deals and libraries offered by GoG, Green Man Gaming, etc. I've done a few searches on the topic, but I can't find anywhere that this question has been answered yet. Is there any official word on this, or are we still waiting on Valve to make a statement?


Steam OS will be open source, so it's highly unlikely to include any DRM. Of course, it'll probably come with Steam installed, but you get the point.


If it did it would last a total of 5 minutes before a fork of SteamOS was released without the DRM.
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