Two trackpads with haptic feedback and a touchscreen in the middle (which gets mirrored to your main display when you use it.) It can also register as a keyboard+mouse so you can use it with existing games. They also mention sharing per-game controller configs via Steam Workshop, which sounds like a really good idea.
As with all controllers, it's impossible to know if it is any good until you've actually held it in your hands. I'm definitely interested to see how it compares to a 360 controller.
They also announced a special Hazik-friendly version.
SteamOS is a fork (derivative) of Debian GNU/Linux. The first version (SteamOS 1.0) is called 'alchemist' and it is based on the Debian 'wheezy' (stable 7.1) distribution. The major changes made in SteamOS are:
Backported eglibc 2.17 from Debian testing Added various third-party drivers and updated graphics stack (Intel and AMD graphics support still being worked on) Updated kernel tracking the 3.10 longterm branch (currently 3.10.11) Custom graphics compositor designed to provide a seamless transition between Steam, its games and the SteamOS system overlay Configured to auto-update from the Valve SteamOS repositories
Q: What are the SteamOS Hardware Requirements?
Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor 4GB or more memory 500GB or larger disk NVIDIA graphics card (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon) UEFI boot support USB port for installation
Installation instructions are on the FAQ and there's a nice guide at Ars Technica. Unfortunately, the installer doesn't have any partitioning options at the moment, so you have to give it a full disk. As soon as they enable home streaming I'll probably install it on an old Intel Core 2 Duo machine that's currently running XBMC.
Best of all there is a full Debian distro with Gnome desktop underneath. It boots directly to Steam Big Picture mode by default but if you tick an option labeled "Enable access to the Linux desktop", SteamOS gains an "Exit" button that takes you to the desktop where you can install any other software you want.
Subject: Re: Three Valve Announcements Mon Dec 16 2013, 10:17
Normally this would be very exiting news and I would be willing to try it right away but giving my recent experience with Steam support staff I think I rather have a virus on my PC.
Any ways and little rant a side, I'd still like to know how it fairs on your hardware Malki