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Unreal Engine 4.2 Brings 500+ Updates

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The latest major update to Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 was released this week and the Linux support has taken another step forward.

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Valve Funds Glassy Mesa Development For Better Driver Performance

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Valve has funded work by LunarG on a project codenamed "Glassy Mesa" to deliver potential performance improvements on the open-source Mesa graphics driver stack.

Glassy Mesa is an experimental project using LunarGLASS for plugging LLVM into Mesa for shader compilation and run-time improvements. LunarGLASS originated back in 2010 as using LLVM IR as the base intermediate representation for the shader and kernel compiler stack. LunarGLASS has performance potential via taking advantage of LLVM's many optimization passes.

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Valve improved X-Box gamepad driver for Fedora

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I’ve added to the Steam package repository for Fedora an alternative kernel module for xpad, the X-Box gamepad driver. This variant contains patches created by Valve to improve the driver and its behaviour.

The module is available in both akmod (RPMFusion) and dkms package formats.

This made my 3rd party X-Box controller work without any issue in Steam games and in the Big Picture Mode interface!

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id Software’s Softdisk games code being released under GPL

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id Software has a long history of making games that stems back as far as 1991. Most gamers will only remember the hugely popular releases in the Doom and Quake series, but there were many more, and much older titles that were released before they hit the big time.

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There's Now 500 Games On Steam For Linux

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For my birthday two years ago was when the Steam Linux client went into public beta, last Oktoberfest is when SteamOS details became public knowledge, now on the Phoronix birthday is word of 500 games being offered for Linux via Steam!

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Valve Releases Steam Beta Update to Fix the Download of Games in Development

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The Steam developers usually make a number of intermediary releases before a stable and large version of the application is launched. This is just one such version and it comes with quite a few changes and improvements...

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Crytek Announces A New FPS Game With Linux Support

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Crytek has just announced Homefront: The Revolution as a new first-person shooter game that will feature native Linux support with the CryENGINE and launch on the same-day as for other platforms.

Crytek explains this "Homefront: The Revolution" free-roam FPS game as:
Four years into the brutal military occupation, America is on its knees. Philadelphia - once the birthplace of Independence - has become a ghetto, where surveillance drones and armoured patrols keep the population at heel, crushing any dissent with savage force. Her once-proud citizens live in a police state, forced to collaborate just to survive, their dreams of freedom long since extinguished.

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Steam Client Gets Better Compatibility with Older AMD and Intel CPUs

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The Steam developers usually make a number of intermediary releases before a stable and a large version of the application are launched. The current update is just one of these versions and, even if it's a Beta, some users might notice improvements.

Valve takes its time when it comes to improving the Steam client and its updates take care of just a few things. This way, it is easy to spot a problem if something goes wrong after an update for the software.

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GOG.com Linux Games to Use Wine, but That's a Good Thing

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GOG.com is a digital distribution platform that is specialized mostly in old games, but the company that owns it, CD Projekt Red, wants to also extend the support to include Linux. They are now looking for people to help them with Linux ports, although it seems that some of them will be distributed in Wine wrappers.

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No Steam Machines For You (Until 2015)

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The ultimate Linux gaming machine - aka Valve's Steam Machine won't be available until 2015. That's not good news.

The Steam Machines effort is a Linux powered gaming machine that could revolutionize console gaming and take on Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox, if it ever gets out the door. Valve will have multiple hardware vendors partners building Steam Machines, but that's not the problem behind the latest delay.

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Valve Steam Machines: Now Look Forward To 2015

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Valve has just posted an update to the Steam Universe community. Long story short, they're back to experimenting with wireless controllers and are conducting live play tests with these new controllers. These play tests are generating a lot of useful feedback, but now with the time to incorporate these improvements, "we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014." Though it's a bit unclear whether this will hold back a majority (all?) of the Steam Machines or whether just the top-tier, best units are now a year away.

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Why Chromebooks Make More Sense Than Ever

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If you've been following the market share reports, you know that Chromebooks--portable computers running Google's cloud-centric Chrome OS platform--are starting to succeed, especially in several niche markets such as the education market. Additionally, PCMag.com has a big story out on why Microsoft should be worried about Chromebooks, and Business Insider has argued that Chromebooks are the best hardware choices for many users. The fact is, some new incentives from Google as well as some newfound forms of compatibility with popular applications make Chromebooks more viable than they ever have been.

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