Valve Unveils Steam Machine Linux Gaming Console at CES

Helping usher in the year of the Linux (gaming) desktop, Valve announced its Steam Machine—which will compete with Xbox One and Playstation 4.

When gaming vendor Valve's co-founder Gabe Newell told the Linuxcon USA conference audience last September that Linux is the future of gaming, he also hinted that his company's future consoles would be Linux-powered.

At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, Newell made good on his prediction with the formal unveiling of the first generation of Valve's Steam Machine gaming console. The Steam Machine is powered by SteamOS, which is a Linux operating system based on the community Debian Linux distribution. SteamOS optimizes the Debian Linux base and adds the Steam gaming client on top to run the actual games.