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SteamOS Reviews

We've been hard at work to deliver on our promise of a new kind of living room entertainment environment - one that is accessible, powerful and open. In making SteamOS available to you, we're excited to take the next major step towards that goal.

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about SteamOS and what they use it for.
  • aegsgrsgegsegsg
    He: Ok, let's get [Steamy](! - Source: Reddit / 19 days ago
  • Anyone play on Linux via Steam Proton? Game not finding joystick, need advice
    If this computer is purely for gaming, Steam OS might be a good option. However I don't know how easy it is to run other gaming software on it like Lutris, if that's a requirement. Should be possible, just haven't tried it. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • We can torpedo this myth now
    Most importantly, SteamOS only supports a certain set of hardware (you can read more in our FAQ). We will add support for newer hardware over time, but we have no plans to add more support for older hardware. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • SteamOS, what version of linux does it use?
    Source: - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • What happened to the Intel Arc challenge?
    It's already released on the website, but this is the one that was on the steam machines so the desktop mode of the deck. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Fixed It
    I could have sworn it was Debian 8 Jessie. Guess Google hated me more than I thought. The only reason I thought the Aerosmith song was Jessie was that it gave me a did you mean Jessie when I typed Janie earlier today when I tried to link the song to someone. And when they didn't know what song I was talking about when I linked it they replied in a way that made me think that I was feeling the Mandala Effect. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Unpopular opinion?
    You can download and install SteamOS directly from Valve, here: Https:// - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • my diy steamdeck
    But I find it weird that steam still has debian listed on their website. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Anyone else feels like KDE needs a flagship distro where it gets center stage?
    Users should not consider SteamOS as a replacement for their desktop operating system. SteamOS is being designed and optimized for the living room experience. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Anyone try installing SteamOS? (Legit SteamOS not HoloISO)
    I haven't really been seeing people talking about this ( but it's saying its officially available. I ended up building a mini gaming pc and was deciding on which distro to use in the meantime when I stumbled on this. I cant seem to get the usb to show in my bios after following the instructions. Has anyone else tried this yet? - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Ayaneo Geek2 versus Steam Deck ? Geekbench for Steam Deck ?
    Also, from the FAQ: - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • With the success of the Steam Deck do you think Steam Machine could have a comeback?
    Considering you can install SteamOS on your own rig, nope. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • For those wondering! Yes! Save the world works perfectly fine on the Steam Deck!
    The SteamDeck comes with SteamOS which is just a custom Linux distribution, It's still possible to install Windows 10 on external storage or it's built in SSD to use that instead. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • 8 years ago, Linux's creator Linus Torvalds said, "Valve will save the Linux Desktop". He was right all along.
    SteamOS has been out for almost a decade, since they started playing around with those steam consoles. SteamOS 3 (the version used on steam deck) isn't out, most as AFAIK it's currently hardware specific. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Steam OS on Pi 4?
    Is it possible to install Steam OS to a raspberry Pi 4? Link to Steam OS page: - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • SteamOS on PC?
    Wait for SteamOS 3.0 (Don't install the 2.0 version, it's old and doesn't have support). - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • The game wasn't loading in terrain and then this message popped up. What does it mean?
    I think SteamOS can offer that too. I haven't tried yet. I don't really have the money to burn on a new PC nor a new OS yet in case something is not to my liking. :P. - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • How to add rom via Steam version of RetroArch as non Steam game
    The SteamDeck uses SteamOS as its interface, which is a fork of Debian 8. However, you can also switch to the desktop. Games should be launched via Steam, as this is the only way to provide various functions. More info here: - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • Steam Deck
    Steam deck runs steam os. Certain games are for steam os only just like windows only and Mac only. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • Wich Linux Distro?
    If you look at the home page of SteamOS, I think you'll find that it's based on Debian 8. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Should i use steamos and steam deck as chrome os and chromebook alternative
    Source: - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of SteamOS

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SteamOS is not your usual desktop operating system. It is tailored for playing games via Steam on your machine. You may choose to run common Linux applications as well – but I’d suggest you to test it out only if you want to use Steam as your preferred platform for gaming.

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