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Valve Wants Movies, Music on SteamOS, Controller Changed

On Wednesday during Valve's Steam Dev Days Conference in Seattle, Valve's Anna Sweet said that Valve plans to introduce movies, TV and music to SteamOS. We already knew this based on the SteamOS description, but she indicated that media would need to be in place before Valve launches the official final version to consumers later this year.

"We're working with many of the media services you know and love. Soon we will begin bringing them online, allowing you to access your favorite music and video with Steam and SteamOS," reads the SteamOS description.

An early beta of Valve's Linux-based SteamOS was made available for free in December 2013. Based on several hands-on reports, Valve's platform isn't meant to replace a computer's operating system, but to serve up Linux-based games in the living room instead. So far both SteamOS and the Steam desktop client do not provide movies, TV shows and music.

Also stemming from Valve's Steam Dev Days Conference is additional information regarding the controller's evolution. Tweets from the convention reveal that Valve has ditched the touch screen in favor of a d-pad and standard controller buttons. A summary of Day 1 can be seen here, and reports that biometrics are important, but the hands are not the best place to capture them.

The summary, based on tweets throughout the day, also reveals that the retail controller will require two AA batteries (both rechargeable and non). The Steam Controller API supports up to 16 controllers at once, and Valve is keeping VR in mind while designing this controller. Remember that Steam Machines will not ship until this controller (along with Steam OS) is complete and ready for consumer use.

That said, the Day 1 summary points out that more changes are coming to the controller, as Valve just started processing the beta feedback, so stay tuned in that department.

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  • DarkSable
    I dislike the change to the controller - the touchscreen could have been so useful for so many things, and it was what really made this thing stand out. Now there isn't that much distinguishing it from other machines.
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  • karmazyn
    So now it's just a htpc with a generic controller. I really don't understand where this is going.
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  • tolham
    ""We're working with many of the media services you know and love. Soon we will begin bringing them online, allowing you to access your favorite music and video with Steam and SteamOS,""I don't understand. steamOS is open source, won't these companies just make their own apps for linux if/when steamOS gets popular enough? or maybe valve is just encouraging them to do this sooner rather than later so they can use this as a marketing ploy.
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  • brandonjclark
    Netflix is a must. That's the killer app. I'm not sure how many people realize the babysitting potential of cartoon shows on Netflix. Get the moms onboard, cause the dads already want it.
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  • redgarl
    If Valve wants to be successful, they need to bring even more freedom. If I can listen to my music and video files, then we are going to be in big business. Also, they need to allow mouse and keyboards for their OS.
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  • bustapr
    If Valve wants to be successful, they need to bring even more freedom. If I can listen to my music and video files, then we are going to be in big business. Also, they need to allow mouse and keyboards for their OS.
    mouse and keyboard will obviously be supported if not already. as for music, Im not entirely sure because of licensing issues with mp3 and wav. as well as video, so some of these features might not be available immediately, but there are many linux apps that will most likely work and will play all your music and videos.
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  • bustapr
    12459503 said:
    So now it's just a htpc with a generic controller. I really don't understand where this is going.

    its not a generic controller. the changes mentioned here refer to the center touch screen. I think they figured the touch screen would be too expensive and bothersome for the market. now Instead of looking like a cool weird controller, now it will look like a weird controller with some ugly d pad and buttons in the middle. the 2 touchpads are still on it.
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  • bucknutty
    From the description in the article it sounds like they are replacing the touchpads with a dpad and buttons? Or if not it sound like the thing is going to look like an PS3 controller with touch pads where the analog sticks are?
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  • dudewitbow
    From the description in the article it sounds like they are replacing the touchpads with a dpad and buttons? Or if not it sound like the thing is going to look like an PS3 controller with touch pads where the analog sticks are?
    its closer to what the wii u pro controller is like, the touchpads on the upper side, and the D-Pad/Buttons bellow
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  • vmem
    get the gaming aspect straightened out, update and debug the current SteamOS. Then we can talk about these changes
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