Our source added that the completion of Valve’s Steam Controller was the final piece that would precede the availability of most Steam Machines, which indicates that Steam Machines will also begin to release at the end of the year. The source also told PC Gamer that they expect “about 500” games to be natively playable on SteamOS by the end of this year, up from the current count of 382.
A few days ago when word got out that Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming out for Linux, many speculated and wondered whether this game would be the launch title for AMD's Mantle graphics API to be introduced on Linux. It's already been confirmed that Beyond Earth will feature a Mantle renderer to complement OpenGL, but will AMD's Catalyst Linux driver bring support for Mantle?
One of the users of Reddit named ‘Moyels’ has posted a quote, which suggests that Star Citizen might get the support for Linux after all.
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Prisonscape is a game developed by Lunar Enigma that will teach players how to survive in a prison, and its makers are looking for funding on Kickstarter.
Age of Wonders III, a turn-based strategy developed by Triumph Studios and published only on the Linux platform, has managed to get the Linux community all riled up, no matter the platform.
Age of Wonders III has been released only for Windows, but the Linux community is putting pressure on the developer to bring the game on the Linux platform. A huge topic has appeared on the Steam forum for the game and hundreds of people have expressed their desire to see this game on Linux.
When Crytek announced that it was going to provide support for the Linux platform in its CRYENGINE technology, the community immediately understood that this was a game changer for developers and the future of Linux as an entertainment platform.
There are already quite a couple of Android gaming consoles out in the market today such as the OUYA and the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. to name a few. These devices offer an alternative gaming platform that is considered cheaper than the Xbox or PlayStation consoles. Equiso Play is another upcoming Android gaming console that aims to make it into the market this year.
For those Linux gamers that want to reminisce over the fond days of GoldenEye 007 from two decades ago on the Nintendo 64, it will hopefully be easier going forward. GoldenEye: Source has gone open-source.
We're extremely excited that Epic is porting Unreal Engine 4 to Linux -- see the official announcement or some press here and here. Once we heard UE4 Linux was coming we pretty much dropped everything to ensure vogl can handle UE4 callstreams. The latest code on github now supports full-stream tracing/replaying and trimming of UE4 callstreams in either GL3 or GL4 mode. UI support for UE4 is still in the early stages, but now that we can snapshot/restore UE4 and continue to play back the callstream without diverging it's only matter of time before the UI comes up to speed.
Get Even, a first-person shooter developed by The Farm 51, is the firm game that completely blurs the line between reality and the virtual world. Even better, it is scheduled for Linux release in 2015.
Getting games to stream properly from Windows to Linux seems to be the main focus of the Valve developers and many of the patches deal strictly with this feature. It's unlikely that In-Home Streaming will exist the Beta stages too soon, but the developers might surprise us with the next stable release.
GOG (Formerly Good Old Games) have become extremely popular amongst gamers for a number of reasons: Lack of DRM, good selection and a variety of both new indie titles and, as the name suggests, “good old games”, classic titles like System Shock and Baldur’s Gate, many from the golden era of PC gaming.
Voglperf is a quick Valve tool for benchmarking Linux OpenGL games that comes down to just spewing frame information (FPS, frame time and min/max values) every second. That data can then be plotted, etc. Voglperf doesn't integrate any test automation but just dumps the frame data for whatever OpenGL game/application is loaded by it. Voglperf is supported on SteamOS and works with Steam on Linux.