Download: SteamOS released!


Yeah – SteamOS  is finally available. Current beta was pushed to the official repository. Additional information like installation instruction and requirements can be found in the SteamOS FAQ.

SteamOS is built on Debian 7.1 (Wheezy)

Gnome manages the desktop environment

system requirements

  • 64-bit processor
  • 4GB or more of memory
  • at least 500GB disk
  • NVIDIA graphics card (AMD and Intel coming soon)
  • UEFI boot support

Steps to install SteamOS on a machine without UEFI:


  1. On your current computer

    1. Copy the files from to your FAT32 flash drive
    2. Run blkid to get the device id of your flash drive (ex. /dev/sdb)
    3. Run sudo grub-install --debug --target=i386-pc --force --root-directory=/media/usb /dev/sdb
    4. Copy grub-pc-bin.deb and grub-pc.deb to the root of your flash drive (these areWheezy/grub-pc-bin and Wheezy/grub-pc with modified dependencies to accomodate SteamOS’ custom packages)
  2. On your (soon-to-be) Steam Machine

    1. Boot onto your USB
    2. Select Automated Install
    3. Allow the installer to run until it errors out, saying: “The 'grub-pc' package failed to install into /target/.
    4. Press continue twice, select Execute a shell, and press continue two more times
  3. Commands to enter into the shell

    1. chroot /target
    2. dpkg -i /media/cdrom/grub-pc-bin.deb
    3. apt-get install grub2-common
    4. dpkg -i /media/cdrom/grub-pc.deb
  4. Press back, and click continue
  5. Install the GRUB boot loader on a hard disk should now be highlighted; press continue two more times
  6. Continue the instructions here

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Valve have also just announced on the Steam Universe, Steam group that the three hundred prototype Steam Machines have been shipped to those lucky few who were chosen as beta testers.

The prototype Steam Machines and Steam Controllers have officially left the factory and are on their way to beta testers.

Also, SteamOS is available for intrepid Linux hackers to try out. At this point the OS itself is not yet a finished product for a non-technical user, but if you’re interested you can read more about it

Thanks in advance to the three hundred Steam users who are going to spend their time helping us shape the future of Steam in the living room. We will be posting updates here about the experiences that users are having once the Steam hardware devices arrive at homes. Here we go!



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5 Comments on "Download: SteamOS released!"

  1. miro b. December 14, 2013 at 12:12 -

    I want Half-Life 3 and I will buy 10 steamboxes when that game is gonna be released.

    And I kind of was hoping that the desktop would be KDE instead of gnome 😉

  2. adolson December 14, 2013 at 19:36 -

    You can work around the UEFI stuff. I am posting from SteamOS and my motherboard is BIOS.

    Also, I only have 3GB of RAM and am using a 120GB spare HDD I had kicking around.

    Some AMD guys have it up too.

    • Ultimoore December 14, 2013 at 20:25 -

      Great work Adolson. I’m very interested about AMD with IBuyPowers rig. Maybe they will do a massive Catalyst update.

  3. RootGamer December 14, 2013 at 20:01 -

    instruction to install SteamOS on a machine without UEFI added

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