SteamOS on a Sub-$400 Gaming System
Game Titles & In Home Streaming
When I first opened up the SteamOS games library, I was a little bit disappointed that only 18 of my 62 games were available to play. If you play mostly Valve games, then you should be good to go as all of my Valve games were available. As I sit here writing this, the Steam store shows that there are 1480 games available for the SteamOS + Linux. While that may seem like a lot, that’s a fraction of the total games available, as there is a total of 9129 games in the Steam store. That means that right now only ~16% of the steam library is available for the SteamOS.
While this doesnt fix the ability to stream videos (through Netflix or a Cable Provider) in the SteamOS, it turns out that you can stream your Steam games from your Windows based PC! I’m not going to lie, I was a little disappointed that my games library was so limited using the SteamOS. Having the ability to stream my games from my primary PC is pretty slick. Though it does kinda defeat the purpose of building a gaming a dedicated gaming rig if I have to stream from another gaming system. I did get into some gaming while I was playing around with the in home streaming, and it was working great. I played a little to long on both Call of Duty: Black Ops II as well as Aliens Vs. Predator. While neither of these game will run native on the SteamOS, they ran flawlessly through the In Home Streaming and I couldn’t tell that it wasn’t running natively . The In Home Streaming was working great.
In order to properly test the in-home streaming, I did have to spend a little bit of time playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II and ultimately it went off without a hitch. If I didn’t know any better, I would have said that Black Ops II was installed on the steam machine rather than another system! The game was smooth to play, and it loaded plenty quick!