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Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam 332

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Deathspawner writes "Perhaps hinting at the fact that the official Steam for Linux launch isn't too far off, Valve has begun updating some game pages to include Linux system requirements. Some games don't list only Ubuntu as the main supported distro, with some listing Linux Mint and Fedora as well. A common theme is that Valve recommends you always use a 'fully updated' OS, regardless of which distro you use. And based on the system requirements laid out so far, it's safe to say that Serious Sam 3: BFE will undoubtedly be the most system-intensive game released at launch."
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Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam

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  • by getto man d (619850) on Friday December 07, 2012 @02:28PM (#42217861)
    Because having the freedom to choose is good.

    Disclaimer: I avidly use Steam on OSX, but I'm constantly frustrated with it's buggy state. If the linux client proves to be better over time (with a good offering of games) I'll be upgrading my linux box and going that route.
  • by h4rr4r (612664) on Friday December 07, 2012 @02:29PM (#42217881)

    Why as a Linux user would I ever want to game on a Mac?

    Windows is the best platform? Can I have whatever you are smoking?

    Mac hardware is fine, but the OS quite frankly sucks. It tries so hard to not be unixy that it really repels me.

  • by Dancindan84 (1056246) on Friday December 07, 2012 @02:35PM (#42217993)

    I'm going to go with cost as a primary one. That better support you refer to comes with a pretty hefty premium. Also, most Linux folks I'm imagine aren't real fans of Apple's walled garden approach when it comes to... well everything. Macs may be a closer blood relative to Linux with it being basically BSD under the hood, but ideologically they're a LONG way off.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 07, 2012 @02:40PM (#42218061)

    I just got my beta invite yesterday -after specifying I was on Debian Sid (I never expected an invite since I'm not using Ubuntu). Will fiddle with it and get it running today, I'll definitely buy a few games just because.

    Seems like they are close to releasing.

  • by masternerdguy (2468142) on Friday December 07, 2012 @02:43PM (#42218109)
    The way I see it, this entire situation is hilarious. Us Linux people have been wanting something like this to happen for, well, forever, and it is finally happening. The lack of serious gaming on Linux has been one of the things holding it back on the desktop market. Now that we're finally getting that, and a serious contender to the Windows gaming hegemony is present, all anyone can do is cry and scream "not good enough dammit not good enough" because not every Steam title ever made will be available on release. I bet if the year of the linux desktop ever happens /. will be the first one to criticize it.
  • by mrvan (973822) on Friday December 07, 2012 @02:43PM (#42218111)

    The linked article shows how Amnesia (which is an excellent game, btw, at least part 1 is) will be supported on different platforms, but I'm pretty sure Amnesia already runs on those platforms. So it seems to me that Valve is supporting ubuntu, but will list other OS'es that happen to be supported by the (original) publisher?

    Of course this is all deduction from rumors and two screenshots, so take cum grano salis....

  • by AftanGustur (7715) on Friday December 07, 2012 @02:46PM (#42218157) Homepage
    I surely hope Linux Mint catches on,, it is basically Ubuntu minus the bad decisions Canonical has made recently.
  • by mcrbids (148650) on Friday December 07, 2012 @02:51PM (#42218211) Journal

    More choices typically work out better for consumers. Sure, you can game on your WinPC, or OSX, or your Dreamcast or XBox or whatever, but arguing that enabling Linux gaming is a bad idea is terribly short sighted. More choices = more competition = better value for consumers.

    I, for one, will likely sign up for steam/Linux and make sure to buy a game or three to see how it goes as I support this development. I sincerely hope Valve gets plenty rich doing this as it finally proves a business model that Loki Games (remember them?) couldn't do a decade or so ago. (I bought all their games)

  • by a-zarkon! (1030790) on Friday December 07, 2012 @02:55PM (#42218279)

    Maybe this is how it already works - but if it isn't here's an avenue I would investigate:

    Shouldn't it be possible for Steam to build a hypervisor type environment? If they have a common hypervisor they port the game once to run in that environment. Then all they need to do is get their hypervisor running on Windows, *NIX, MAC, whatever.

    There's definitely some additional processing overhead on this, but it seems that it would be a very efficient model once you have the hypervisor built. I would think you could probably push the specs/API/etc to the game publishers and have the game developer team adopt their game to the platform.

    I don't know anything about how Steam works under the covers so maybe they're already doing this. I'm curious, but not enough to do the legwork.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 07, 2012 @03:12PM (#42218477)

    I doubt it. Once you've ported the app to use OpenGL you've already done most the work for getting it to work on Linux or OS X. Compared to getting a Windows app to work natively on Linux, getting a Linux app to work natively on OS X is a walk in the park. Plus I imagine the game manufacturers will want to go after the Mac install base. Have you seen the number of Mac laptops in the average college classroom?

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