CES 2014: AMD Supported in SteamOS "Out of the Box". Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.9 in SteamOS Public Stable Branch

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2014 - 05:18 PM |
Tagged: SteamOS, CES 2014, CES, amd

The Steam platform prides itself on benefiting from the many billions of dollars spent by the PC industry in-fighting. Two-and-a-half of the consoles seem to realize that they cannot keep up with the constant churn as the PC trots along its exponential curve. They, now more than ever, align themselves with our industry instead of running their own R&D treadmill. Each of these companies now license the efforts of AMD.

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Simply put, consoles struggle because their business model plans on a big loss followed by a few years of rest to have a chance of breaking even. Slow and steady wins the race.

SteamOS is a console that, instead of seeing how much it can justify locking down, goes the other way. So, when the prototype units were announced, it felt really weird to see a fairly wide selection of components... from a set of Intel processors and NVIDIA discrete graphics cards. AMD and Intel were a bit late for one reason or another.

But only just a bit. An updated AMD graphics driver, the Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.9, has just been integrated into the SteamOS public stable branch. This driver is expected to fix tearing, overlay performance, in-game performance, and "malfunctioning return to desktop".

The driver will also be released on AMD.com soon.

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January 9, 2014 | 06:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Oh good. I held off on trying SteamOS because all I happen to have are AMD GPUs. Now I can give it a try without tearing (too much) of my hair out.

January 9, 2014 | 07:04 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Be careful, at least for a while. Don't install it on a machine with a harddrive that has important data on it just in case it freaks out and nukes the wrong one(s).

January 9, 2014 | 10:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ah that sounds like personal experience. Good to See AMD working on it :)

January 10, 2014 | 01:18 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Actually, no. As funny as that would be, I do not really have a use for a HTPC let alone a SteamOS device (at least not yet). This was coming primarily from statements made by Ryan and Ken.

January 12, 2014 | 02:10 PM - Posted by AMDbumlover (not verified)

i did manual install and it wiped the correct drive for me.

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