For gamers of a Linux persuasion, Valve is pushing ahead with SteamOS 3.0, in its Linux-based operating system designed for Steam gaming.
The next major update to SteamOS is currently codenamed Clockwerk after yet another DOTA 2 character. It follows in the footsteps of Alchemist and Brewmaster, and both Clockwerk and the Clockwerk beta can be seen in the Steam repository here.
Actual details of what SteamOS 3.0 is going to include is practically non-existent though, at least until Valve makes it official. We know from the repository that it’ll be based on Debian 9, and Valve is likely viewing this as an opportunity to open up better compatibility with newer hardware.
While SteamOS arrived with quite a big push a few years ago, alongside the now-notorious Steam Machines, it feels as if it’s kind of been sat on the backburner lately. However, Valve appears to be making big overhauls to the entirety of Steam this year, and SteamOS is included in that process. It wouldn’t surprise us if Valve began to promote Linux gaming in an effort to promote its USP over other gaming clients, particularly when considering just how many large third-parties are abandoning Steam in favour of their own clients.
We’re also hopeful that Valve is potentially planning to launch a new Steam Link device at some point. The current hardware appears to have sold decently enough but the 1080p streaming tech is beginning to show its age at this point. A 4K Steam Link could certainly spark some interest.