Valve’s SteamOS has only been in beta for a short period, but already developers are adding some important features. In addition to support for non-NVIDIA graphics cards, Valve has bestowed SteamOS with the ability to dual-boot and create custom partitions. The features haven’t been thoroughly tested, Valve warns, but that’s the purpose of betas in the first place: to work out all the kinks. While the purpose of SteamOS is to enjoy a full fledged Steam experienced in your living room, you can simply boot to Windows if you want—never bad to have the option, I suppose, especially since SteamOS is so limited at the moment.
“Don’t install [SteamOS] on any machine you are not prepared to lose,” wrote Valve engineer John Vert. Duly noted.
At CES earlier this month, Steam announced a number of partnerships for Steam machines, and recently announced the platform is now home to over 75 million active users. Not bad. Expect the Steam machines to arrive later this year, with prices ranging from $500 all the way up to $6,000.