SteamOS has technically been around since 2013, but it really grabbed some attention back in November 2015, when developer Valve launched Steam engines. This machine was almost looking to bridge the gap between traditional PC games and console gamers who could play from the comfort of their couch. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, there was a problem. SteamOS is based on Linux and many titles on Steam are not compatible with Linux.
So while the Steam Machine is great, in theory, if you wanted to have free rein to play anything from your Steam library, you were in a bad spot. That could change, however, according to one post on reddit. Located under something called “Steam_Settings_Compat” and called “Steam Play”, the speculation is that this would be used to emulate games that weren’t built with SteamOS (Linux) in mind.
Linux users have had ways of doing this in the past, through things like VIN, but it was far from perfect. This information appears to show that Valve is working on its own compatibility software that could address the lack of many games, both AAA and indie, that currently do not support Linux operating systems. Icebrutality Reddit user hits the nail on the head, saying,
This makes sense, given that SteamOS 3.0 rumors have been circulating since July. Code name Clockwerk (after a DOTA 2 character), users expect kernel and GPU driver updates, but maybe something more important is on the way.
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