Join Jonathan Sears for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing SteamOS, part of SteamOS for Developers First Look.
Since SteamOS is a complete operating system, there are a couple of steps you'll need to take in order to set it up on your computer. Once you go to the SteamOS beta page, you'll be presented with two options. The first is build your own Steam machine, and the second is build and sell steam machines. Now, building and selling steam machines is a little bit beyond what we're going to cover in this course. So I'll let you explore that on your own. But let's check out build your own Steam machine, and let's go to DIY Steam machine. And this page is going to give you all the information you need to set up your own Steam machine.
Some of the information on this page is a little bit out of date, and you'll find more current information in the Steam OS forums. What are system requirements? Well let's take a look. SteamOS requires an Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor. It also requires 4 gigabytes or more of RAM. I would recommend more than that. 500 gigabytes or larger hard disk. Now, it says NVIDIA graphics card, but actually, the latest versions of the beta support both AMD and Intel graphics cards, as well.
So you don't need to worry about this. It supports almost every type of graphics cards that's out there. UEFI Boot support. If you download the beta from the steam OS site, you'll need to have a computer that runs UEFI. Not every computer has this, but basically this is the way that your computer boots ups its hard drives and other devices attached to the motherboard. Some computers contain BIOS. Typically older ones. So you'll need to check that out, if you plan on downloading from Steam's direct website.
Now, that being said, I actually found a DVD ISO online that a Valve employee created that supports both non UEFI systems as well as dual-boot and other custom options. So, in order to get started, just go ahead and download the DVD ISO. Once you've downloaded the ISO, go ahead and burn this onto a DVD. Restart your computer. And then boot from the DVD. Your computer will have a specific key that you'll need to push to boot from the DVD.
It's different for every one so I can't tell you which one it is. But if you look through your documentation. You should be able to find it. Typically, it's either F8, F9, or F10 but sometimes it changes so do look that up. So I'm going to let you do this and then we'll pick up once you've loaded in to the SteamOS installer. So, we've restarted our computer and now we're in the installer boot menu. And essentially it's pretty simple from here. We have three options, the automated install, which is what we're going to use.
The expert install, and rescue mode. Now keep in mind, if you choose automated install, this will wipe your entire hard drive. This is not recommended for a dual boot or any sort of partitioning or anything like that. If you want to do that, you'll need to use expert install. And lastly, rescue mode is exactly what you'd expect, it's a recovery menu. So go ahead and hit Return. And once you hit Return, it's going to start installing SteamOS. Now this typically takes anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes.
Sometimes less, depending on the speed of your computer. So, you're going to want to basically just go, grab a cup of coffee, and then come back to this. Now, I'm going to let this go for a little while, and then we'll pick up back once it's completed. So, SteamOS has finally finished installing, and now we're presented with a Steam Install Agreement. Basically, this is just saying you agree to the terms of the data, and you might want to read through this at your own pace. Once you're done, click I have read and accept these terms. And then choose OK. Now as you can see the very first thing that happens is Steam begins to update itself.
And it's doing this to so that it can ensure that you have the latest version of the Steam client. Once that's completed we're presented with this screen and it says create new account, login to an existing account, and also it has a special button for PS3 players, but right now we don't need to do this. So, I'm just going to go ahead and close out of this. And actually to set everything up properly you actually need to go to Steam. And then go down to Log Out. And once I do log out, it's going to automatically log back in, and load in to Steam.
So I'll hit Log Out. And as you can see it's booting up into Steam OS. It needs to prepare the drivers the first time to make sure it's using the right graphics card. So now we're rebooted, and we're inside Steam OS. If you're familiar with Steam from using it on a Mac or Windows. You might recognize this view as big picture mode. So, it's asking what language should we use, we're going to use English. I'm going to hit Next. I'm going to hit I Agree to this user agreement.
It's going to ask us to adjust the display and the brightness. Mine's already fine so I'm going to leave it. It's going to ask us where we're located. All of this is correct. So, I'm going to click Next. And finally, it's going to ask us to log in. So as you can see, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind when you're setting up Steam OS. But once you've got the Steam OS DVD set up, it's pretty straightforward when you're in the installer. All you have to do is hit return, and it will do the rest for you.
So go ahead and set up your own Steam OS computer.
- What is SteamOS?
- Understanding how the Steam Store and community work
- Understanding Steam user purchase habits
- Working with the Steam Cloud
- Creating an online marketplace with Steam Community Market
- Developing for Steam machines
- Preparing a game for Steam and Steam Greenlight