Hello Linux Gamers. Piixl, a non-Valve British computer manufacturer has created Jetpack, a gaming computer that uses SteamOS as default, but has support for both Linux and Windows. They have been working with Valve to specially optimize the SteamOS system for their hardware. Having a flat design, it can be placed behind the console to the TV.
- Intel Core i7 processo
- Nvidia Graphics
- 1 TB HDD or 256 GB SSD
The Piixl Jetpack gaming computer may be available for ordering starting with January 2014, for about $ 1000.
For those who don’t know yet, Valve, now a member of The Linux Foundation, 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. Also, iBuyPower, a third party manufacturer will release the first non Valve Steam Machines running with AMD hardware.
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.