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SteamOS is 'amazing news', says Minecraft creator

Valve announcement alleviates concerns over Windows 8, says Persson

Minecraft creator Markus Persson has praised Valve for its SteamOS announcement and anticipated Steam Box follow-ups.

"Valve is saving the entire gaming world, but I all I can do is mumble passive aggressively about crowbars," he said via Twitter ahead of the news earlier today.

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"Seriously, this overly drawn out steambox announcement thing is amazing news. Win8's been worrying me," he added.

Persson has been aggressively critical of Microsoft and its new Windows 8 PC OS, accusing the firm of "trying to ruin the PC as an open platform".

The developer claimed last year to have refused requests to bring Minecraft to Windows 8 as part of his protest against a shift to what he regards as a more closed platform. "Got an email from Microsoft wanting to help 'certify' Minecraft for Windows 8. I told them to stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform", he said at the time.

Persson said he would "rather have Minecraft not run on Windows 8 at all than to play along. Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to Windows 8 that way".

Valve announced SteamOS earlier today; a free, Linux-based operating system designed for televisions and the living room.

The OS will provide four key features; PC-to-television game streaming, music and video services, Family Options, and the previously announced family game sharing.

SteamOS is the first of three Steam-related announcements Valve plans to make this week. The next will arrive at 6pm BST / 1pm ET on Wednesday, September 25.

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