The operating system powering the new wave of Steam Machines, Valve's newborn SteamOS, might be in trouble. It looks like the Linux-fueled SteamOS is underwhelming in actual real-time gameplay when compared with today's Windows 10 standard, showing a possible grim future for the fledgling living room PC market.
Ars Technica has published a new tech demo that saw Windows 10 go head-to-head with Valve's SteamOS. The results showed SteamOS somewhat holding its own in GeekBench tests, but Windows 10 completely dominated over the Linux newcomer in gaming benchmarks. Ars notes that SteamOs dropped frame-rates up to 58% lower than Windows 10.
With Shadows of Mordor running on Ultra settings at 1792x1120 resolution, SteamOS maintained a paltry 14.6 FPS, with Windows 10 pegged at 34.5 FPS. On Low settings for the same game, SteamOS runs at 61 FPS whereas Windows 10 hits 95.5 FPS. Benchmarks for Metro: Last Light were more of the same. With Metro running at 2560x1600 resolution with minimum presets, SteamOS hit 40 FPS with Windows 10 at 50.5 FPS.