SteamOS is Valve’s Linux-based solution for bringing gaming to the living room, the company announced on Monday. The operating system will be available free to license for manufacturers building “living room machines,” and it will also be available as a free download to users. Valve has customized Linux and Steam to facilitate gaming on big-screen TVs. “We’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself,” said Valve. “SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen.” Valve said SteamOS contains “significant performance increases in graphics processing,” and the company is now working on improving input latency and audio performance. According to Valve, “hundreds” of games already run on SteamOS.