While the company has hinted at this in the past, Valve has confirmed that the new SteamOS 3.0, the operating system used by its Steam Deck console, will be released after the console launches so that anyone can install it on their PC.
SteamOS 3.0 will mark a before and an after in the functioning of SteamOS since it is a version developed from scratch on Arch Linux to take advantage of its system of constant updates that allow adding new features much faster and easier. This allows solutions such as the universal FSR to be integrated without much effort, and every time a new feature is ready, it is provided via an update, unlike other Linux distributions that release updates every three or even six months and have to wait a long time for new features.
According to Valve, this new custom distribution will include everything you need to play your Steam library out of the box, including Steam’s own Proton application and some extras to make the experience as smooth as possible. It will also have the same interface as the Steam deck, with the same user experience.
Unfortunately, there is still no release date for SteamOS 3.0, so we don’t know when we’ll be able to try it out. Valve said that it will be released after the launch of the console, although this could be a week later or a year later. So there is still some uncertainty about how long we will have to wait to use SteamOS 3.0 on our PCs.