Valve is going beyond Nvidia graphics requirement to add Intel and AMD GPU support for its game-centered desktop operating system, SteamOS.
SteamOS, the most popular desktop operating system primarily designed for playing video games, is expanding its support to include the two biggest graphics processors in the industry, Intel and AMD. The gaming OS offered initial support to only Nvidia graphics, but the latest alchemist update from last week brings support for Intel and AMD GPUs. The update also includes other fixes but is not yet there completely as the operating system is still in beta stage.
AMD has highlighted some of the known issues, such as screen tearing despite V-sync enabled and poor overlay performance with slower response time while playing games. SteamOS said it is "still working" with AMD and Intel to fix all the problems and deliver best in-game experience.
"We are working with AMD on this, and when it is available it will be in the alchemist_beta repository. Same thing with the Intel graphics issues. Hopefully soon," Steam said in its discussion forum. "Our current focus is really on Big Picture mode. We have some ideas for desktop mode and we are interested to see what the community does with it, but don't expect big changes there in the near future."
The update will automatically be installed for existing SteamOS members. For those who want to get the operating system on their computer with Intel or AMD GPU, must ensure the system meets minimum requirements. A 64-bit processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB storage, UEFI boot support and a USB port for installation. It is advised that new users install the OS on a new hard drive as the OS does not support drive partitioning. The data on the HDD is likely to be wiped out during the installation of SteamOS.
As for the AMD graphics, HD5000 and above cards are supported for the SteamOS.