Nvidia might not be interested in next-gen consoles, but it’s intimately involved with Valve’s new plans for SteamOS and associated hardware.
In a blog post, Nvidia’s Mark Smith said the PC hardware company has been working with Valve behind the scenes on SteamOS.
“Engineers from Valve and Nvidia have spent a lot of time collaborating on a common goal for SteamOS: to deliver an open-platform gaming experience with superior performance and uncompromising visuals directly on the big screen,” he wrote.
“NVIDIA engineers embedded at Valve collaborated on improving driver performance for OpenGL; optimizing performance on NVIDIA GPUs; and helping to port Valve’s award-winning content library to SteamOS; and tuning SteamOS to lower latency, or lag, between the controller and onscreen action. The collaboration makes sense as both companies strongly believe in the importance of open-platform innovation, and both companies are committed to providing gamers with a cutting-edge visual experience.”
It’s not clear if the collaboration extends to working the hardware prototypes that Valve will be sending to beta testers soon – but recent rumours suggest Valve’s Friday reveal will detail the hardware, and makes mention of Nvidia tech.