Gaming Thread, Steambox, would you buy one? HL8 Confirmed. in Fun Stuff; Originally Posted by tmcd35
Really, really silly question (which I'm not sure actually matters too much given the current state ...
12th December 2013, 09:58 AM #91
Personally, I'm just interested to see how the OS works, won't be doing any serious gaming on it for the time being, virtual machine will do for that
Originally Posted by tmcd35
14th December 2013, 08:01 AM #92
Here's the SteamOS (beta) download link.
Build your own Steam Machine
SteamOS Hardware Requirements
Processor: Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
Memory: 4GB or more RAM
Hard Drive: 500GB or larger disk
Video Card: NVIDIA graphics card
(AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon!)
Additional: UEFI boot support
USB port for installation
Custom Debian Installer (1.0 GB) What is SteamOS?
SteamOS is a fork (derivative) of Debian GNU/Linux. The first version (SteamOS 1.0) is called 'alchemist' and it is based on the Debian 'wheezy' (stable 7.1) distribution.
The major changes made in SteamOS are:
- Backported eglibc 2.17 from Debian testing
- Added various third-party drivers and updated graphics stack (Intel and AMD graphics support still being worked on)
- Updated kernel tracking the 3.10 longterm branch (currently 3.10.11)
- Custom graphics compositor designed to provide a seamless transition between Steam, its games and the SteamOS system overlay
- Configured to auto-update from the Valve SteamOS repositories
System Restore Image (2.4 GB)
The link below contains instructions on how to get the SteamOS installer working on non-UEFI PCs and Virtualbox.
Last edited by Arthur; 14th December 2013 at 09:09 AM.
14th December 2013, 01:46 PM #93
Install SteamOS on VirtualBox
^ Not sure it's worth it TBH.
15th December 2013, 12:05 AM #94
15th December 2013, 12:43 AM #95
15th December 2013, 12:52 PM #96
Frankly I'm likely to wait a little longer. The big selling point of SteamBox/OS to me is streaming, i.e. using a non-powerful machine to stream from my main system. As it stands, there's no benefit with SteamOS in it's current state to using a gaming PC with Windows and steam in big picture mode.
15th December 2013, 02:27 PM #97
I recall that valve did some research a year or so back and concluded they could get their games running faster on Ubuntu/opengl than on windows. That was presumably done without all of the gaming centered kernel tweaks that they've done for steamos.
Originally Posted by synaesthesia
15th December 2013, 02:44 PM #98
The difference between the two OSs in Left 4 Dead 2 wasn't that great however (315 fps vs 303.4 fps). Windows gamers aren't going to worry about 11.6 fps when the game is running at over 300 fps.
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
After this work, Left 4 Dead 2 is running at 315 FPS on Linux. That the Linux version runs faster than the Windows version (270.6) seems a little counter-intuitive, given the greater amount of time we have spent on the Windows version. However, it does speak to the underlying efficiency of the kernel and OpenGL. Interestingly, in the process of working with hardware vendors we also sped up the OpenGL implementation on Windows. Left 4 Dead 2 is now running at 303.4 FPS with that configuration. (Source
15th December 2013, 03:13 PM #99
I'd expect steamos to be faster than stock Ubuntu especially on dedicated hardware because they are free to include specific patches to make things run better.
15th December 2013, 03:13 PM #100
That's entirely moot - I know that as well as a linux gamer. I mean for day to day use, that's where a steambox's use lies for me; streaming games from a powerful box.
19th December 2013, 09:33 PM #101
19th December 2013, 10:34 PM #102
Think it'd be easier to build a rig :P
Originally Posted by Arthur
I73930k, 16gb 2011mhz gskill ram, 500gb ssd (maybe), mobo and fan i'm unsure about... psu too, unsure... case... hmmm... NZXT or Coolmaster full tower.
Gfx, 690 :P
23rd December 2013, 08:25 PM #103
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
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