To celebrate the upcoming Steam Deck launch in East Asia, Valve has released a 50-page digital brochure detailing the development process, purpose, and future of the console. This brochure confirms that future iterations of Steam Deck are on the tablet, but oddly it also states that Valve will offer a “generic installer” for SteamOS.
This is a fancy way of saying that SteamOS will work on all PCs. Players can install the operating system on any computer, and third-party manufacturers can also develop their own SteamOS consoles.
We will soon ship a generic installer for SteamOS that will allow any PC to use all of its features. Additionally, we will soon be making SteamOS available to others
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Will we witness the rebirth of the steam engine? Throughout the mid-2010s, Valve attempted to turn SteamOS into a platform for pre-built gaming PCs like the Alienware Desktop Console. These computers had a similar philosophy to the Steam Deck – take a traditional console form factor and run PC games on it.
Valve is in an excellent position to restart the Steam Machine. The new SteamOS uses a compatibility layer to run x86 games on an ARM architecture. In theory, new generations of steam engines could be incredibly compact and energy efficient. Imagine something the size of an NVIDIA Shield TV Pro with the capabilities of a mid-range gaming desktop.
Well, there is no guarantee that a modern steam engine will be successful. The Steam Deck’s portable form factor is a big part of its success, and quite frankly, gamers might not be interested in a pre-built gaming PC that doesn’t come with Windows.
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