Valve today announced Steam Music – but hold the shock and horror, the Half Life makers are not entering the music streaming service. Instead, Steam Music is simply a player that allows you to play your own music while you enjoy a game.
A Steam Music beta will launch "soon", but Valve did note that it will be available first for Steam OS and Steam Big Picture mode before the desktop interface.
"With Steam Music, you can now listen to your music collection while playing games," Valve said on the Steam Community forums. "Once you’ve pointed Steam to your local music directory, your Steam Library will include Album and Artist views of your collection."
Those interested in taking part in the beta must join the new Steam Music Group, from which Valve will select a limited number of testers to receive feedback.
"With this beta, we’re getting started with what we believe to be the most fundamental set of features to offer a great music listening experience within Steam," Valve stated. "As always, our next steps for the feature will be influenced by your beta feedback, so please share your feature requests, thoughts, and experiences in the music discussions."
Valve is continuing to add features to its upcoming Steam OS and looks to deliver a comprehensive suite of tools before it goes to publish later this year.
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