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The only advantage I can see to SteamOS is I'd be able to use the controller with every game.

I don't want to play every game.

So, am I missing something? What's the advantage of SteamOS over a gaming PC?

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Well, first you can build a gaming PC with either SteamOS or Windows as the operating system, so the question is a little off.

One of SteamOS's main features is being able to stream games off of a Windows PC.

But, mainly the excitement about it is about gaming without Windows. There are hopes that SteamOS will make Linux a more viable platform for development from more developers and move focus away from Windows.

To be honest, SteamOS is still in its infancy and I'm not sure I'd go with it as a main OS for anything but the most dedicated.
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superflat wrote:
The only advantage I can see to SteamOS is I'd be able to use the controller with every game.

I don't want to play every game.

So, am I missing something? What's the advantage of SteamOS over a gaming PC?

SteamOS is, as the name implies, an OS. So the question is not SteamOS vs gaming PC, it's what OS is best for your gaming PC? I think it breaks down thusly:

SteamOS
- cheapest OS
- best compatibility with Valve's new tech / products (e.g. VR, steam controller, streaming)
- moderately secure
- tough UI
- requires fairly high level of technical skill
- little non-gaming software
- low number of games
- cheap / difficult to upgrade
- should be a good number of drivers

Other Linux
- as above, but you get more non-gaming software and slightly less comaptibility with the Valve-specific features
- least number of games
- highly secure
- few drivers
- fantastic for techy stuff

Mac
- most expensive OS & hardware
- very good security
- easy UI
- moderate number of games
- good support for speciality programming and audiovisual software
- moderate support for Valve-specific features (Linux-like architecture)
- expensive / difficult to upgrade
- moderate amount of drivers

Windows
- moderately priced OS
- least secure
- condescending UI
- most games, by a huge margin
- most software in general
- poor support for Valve-specific features
- cheap / easy to upgrade
- the most drivers

If in doubt you probably want Windows 7.
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All the streaming capabilities of the SteamOS are also available with every normal Steam client.

The "special" thing is that they try to appeal to the console people. Offer them a predefined and ready to go hardware platform for their gaming needs. Questions like "will the game run on my machine" will also be easier to answer.
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There's no reason why you couldn't configure your PC to dual-boot between Windows and SteamOS.
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sbszine wrote:
If in doubt you probably want Windows 7


Truer words have not been spoken on this forum.
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superflat wrote:
The only advantage I can see to SteamOS is I'd be able to use the controller with every game.

I don't want to play every game.

So, am I missing something? What's the advantage of SteamOS over a gaming PC?



Not much, from what I can see. Using a controller is only of mild benefit as far as I can see - you can use one if you need to via any of the Xbox controllers on your normal PC (or other brands, too), so I'm unsure why that's such a "huge" benefit.
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The SteamController is supposed to be an acceptable mouse emulator for games like Civ where speed is not the uttermost important.
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