Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Valve has initiated some ambitions projects: the SteamOS, a Linux operating system optimized for gaming, the Steam Machine, a gaming colsole that will run with SteamOS and the Steam Controller, a game controller specially designed for SteamOS and the Steam Machine. A demo video of the Steam Controller can be found here.
iBuyPower is planning to release their own Steam Machines, running on SteamOS and coming with AMD processor and graphics.
Valve’s first 300 units (prototypes) will be released with Intel CPUs and Nvidia GPUs, while Valve will release Steam Machines with Intel CPUs and ATI GPUs hardware in 2014. So, until now, Valve did not announce any Steam Machines with AMD processors.
The non-Valve Steam Machines created by iBuyPower will be using AMD processors and ATI Radeon R9 270 graphics card, which works well on Linux, via the AMD Catalyst drivers, a 500 GB hard disk, wifi and bluetooth modules and support for FullHD resolution 1080p at 60 fps.
Also worth mentioning is that SteamOS will not be based on Ubuntu, but a custom made Linux system and it will not provide the basic functions of a normal OS, since it won’t have a file manager or a image view aplication. However, it will most likely have support for streaming video services, like Netflix or Hulu Plus, since Valve has announced that the most popular and loved TV shows, music videos and other video media will be available via Steam and SteamOS.