The ability to stream games around the house would be cool in and of itself, but Valve's in-home streaming technology needs to succeed if the company wants its upstart SteamOS operating system and the associated ecosystem of Steam Machines to catch on in the living room.
Gamers on Linux are in heaven after the arrival of Steam and with a decent catalogue being updated aggressively by Valve, future for gaming on Linux looks bright. But chances are you may be a hardcore Linux enthusiast, with no or least interest in gaming but after Steam’s arrival, you want to give Gaming a try but don’t know where to start. We are here to help.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is set to be the first ever game on Linux that is based on the CryEngine. According to the Kickstarter page for the open world Role Playing Game (RPG) there will be Linux support for the game when it releases which is slated to be the fourth quarter of 2015.
Linux dominates almost every part of our lives – it powers services like Facebook to Google, it powers ATM machines, our printers, routers, stock exchanges, NASA missions and drones. Linux now also dominates the consumer space, thanks to Android and ChromeOS. And it’s going to further increase its presence in 2014. Gaming used to be one area where Linux was in a weaker position but that’s going to change with SteamOS. There are a lot of games which are available for GNU/Linux based operating systems and our game correspondent Partha has picked four games that he thinks you must try. Read on…
Paradox Studios, the development house behind the hugely successful and addictive Magicka, Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis IV among other games, officially announced in their recent Miami convention that they are planning to launch two new games, Runemasters and the highly anticipated sequel to the Hearts of Iron series, Hearts of Iron IV. Both games are slated to be getting a Linux release along with a Windows release.
The GNOME Project has announced that a new maintenance release of the 3.10 branch of the GNOME Chess application is now available for download, bringing fixes for several annoying bugs, updated translations, and various general enhancements.
We are currently approaching completion of porting The Pit to Linux (as well as Mac and mobile pads.) Ground Pounders is also nearing completion. It's was designed with multiplatform multiplay in mind, so it will go out the door with Linux hot on its heels, whereas The Pit started with enough manpower for one SKU and we opted for PC. Then over the last few months, we worked on expanding it as well as working towards the ports as things progressed. It's gone a bit longer than we'd hoped, but we'll be done pretty soon. The Pit is coming to Linux!
Alienware will update its Steam Machine hardware every year, according to general manager Frank Azor. In an interview with TrustedReviews, Azor said a lack of upgradability on the recently unveiled model will basically require the company to keep pushing out new versions each year to keep up with games as they become more and more resource intensive. “There will be no customization options, you can’t really update it," he said of the company's first Steam Machine. Azor said some basic customization options may be available; you may be able to pick a faster CPU or upgrade the amount of memory, for instance. But for the most part, what you get is what you get. “Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years. We will be updating our Steam Machines every year,” he said.
Valve has released a new Beta build of its Steam client, but this time it’s not just about a few fixes and a couple of new features. A new important option has been implemented, which should make Linux users very happy.
This is something I personally brought up with them after being gifted a copy of Pandora from the developers, it was all highly confusing as you had to specifically click the Linux link in the platform list otherwise you would be buying the Windows version and it didn't actually tell you this anywhere. They are another store who needs to note Windows and not PC though, you know how annoying it gets to see that.
The numbers don't look very good overall if you directly compare it to Windows, but like with everything Linux I am personally pinning my hopes on Steam Machines & SteamOS giving us the boost we so deserve. We aren't that far off Mac numbers which is encouraging at least.
Valve team is working on a new tool to facilitate game developers on Linux. VOGL is an OpenGL tracer/debugger which will be used to analyse OpenGL calls. VOGL was announced in the Steam Dev Days conference. The debugger is being developed on Linux natively. It will be an open source project.
Whether or not you think games are important for Linux, the stone cold reality is that they significantly drive mainstream interest in any operating system. As I wrote in the feature for LXF179, Linux: the Future of Gaming, this was a lesson Gabe Newell learnt back in the early 1990s while working for Microsoft – and it changed the direction of his career.
I just posted a SteamOS ISO that can be used to install SteamOS on non-UEFI systems. Thanks to directhex and ecliptik for their work on Ye Olde SteamOSe - this incorporates many of their changes. Dual-boot and custom partitioning are now possible from the "Expert Install" option.