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Valve aims for SteamOS to have music, video services ready for launch
Valve aims for SteamOS to have music, video services ready for launch
January 15, 2014 | By Kris Graft

January 15, 2014 | By Kris Graft
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Video game consoles from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have expanded their entertainment options over the past years beyond video games, with streaming movies, music and television.

Now, Valve Software, with its TV-friendly Steam Machines and Linux-based SteamOS, wants to further encroach on consoles' living room footprint by providing the same kinds of multimedia entertainment services that have become increasingly important to video games' "big three."

Valve had previously said it would bring multimedia entertainment to SteamOS when the company revealed the operating system last year. With SteamOS ever closer on the horizon, Valve's Anna Sweet reportedly said such services would be ready when the OS heads to consumers.

At Valve's Steam Dev Days in Seattle, developers Tweeted Valve's multimedia intentions:






Valve restricted press from Steam Dev Days, though on-site devs have been quite chatty. You can follow the #SteamDevDays hashtag here for more.


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Brian Tsukerman
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A part of me hopes that Steam will end up distributing both music and shows the way it already does games, but it doesn't feel like it's likely to happen. Since Steam already has a software section though, I'd like to see the OS with at least something like Netflix or Pandora by the time it launches.


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