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Steam Hits The Big 500 For Linux Games

Posted by , 5 June 2014 at 7:05 pm UTC / 17934 views
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That is one heck of a milestone isn't it? 500 Linux compatible games are now on Steam which is a pretty great number to point anyone at. No longer will people keep stating "but Linux has no games", but sadly they will say Linux has very little AAA games which is true, but this will be a gradual build up of course.

I keep saying this, but I still never thought we would make it to a day like this. We have XCOM, Civilization and many more still to come with some surprise announcements later this year I've no doubt.

Once the Steam Machines/SteamOS are released, and if they are successful we should see the number rise even quicker.

So, how long before we hit 1000? End of the year maybe, who knows!

I will go get my party hat now...are you celebrating this milestone?
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Armand Raynal 5 June 2014 at 7:07 pm UTC
PARTY HARD !!!!
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kalin 5 June 2014 at 7:22 pm UTC
I have 130 of them and keep buying
Mike 5 June 2014 at 7:36 pm UTC
1000 by the end of the year actually seems feasible, seems to be exponential at the moment. But the news that steam machines are delayed may slow things down. That said, releasing before steam machines is probably a good call for developers so they can get bugs ironed out before then.

To put the number in perspective, PS4 and xbone have under 200 games each, so that's more than both combined (most of which aren't exclusives so even 300 unique games between the two would be extremely generous).

Obviously, there's still the lack of AAA games, but given that most of Linux gaming's future rests on steam machines and that no console in history has had even close to 500 games at launch (will be much more by then too) then the future looks pretty bright. To put things in perspective again, the xbox 360 had 18 games at launch and only a handful of those were half-decent AAA titles, the rest sucked. If I was still a console gamer now, I would buy a steam machine over a console hands down. Its success will just depend on the marketing behind it.
compholio 5 June 2014 at 7:48 pm UTC
Mike...
That said, releasing before steam machines is probably a good call for developers so they can get bugs ironed out before then.
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Yeah, they've got an army of free _very motivated_ beta testers at the moment - they would be wise to use us
pb 5 June 2014 at 7:54 pm UTC
It only shows 495 titles here: http://store.steampowered.com/search/?sort_by=Released&sort_order=DESC&category1=998&os=linux
The number crossed 400 less than two months ago. Considering the current pace at which games are greenlit - and the plans to drop the greenlight process altogether - the number is likely to double by next spring, but sadly the quality of releases is another story.
compholio 5 June 2014 at 8:18 pm UTC
pbIt only shows 495 titles here: ...
Weird, if you do this search it shows 500, but yours shows 495 for me as well.
Anonymous 5 June 2014 at 8:30 pm UTC
compholio
pbIt only shows 495 titles here: ...
Weird, if you do this search it shows 500, but yours shows 495 for me as well.

Strange! For me it'S 499 (german store)
pb 5 June 2014 at 8:33 pm UTC
compholio
pbIt only shows 495 titles here: ...
Weird, if you do this search it shows 500, but yours shows 495 for me as well.

That's probably because the 500 counter includes unreleased games as well. When sorting by release date, these games disappear. I'm just speculating though, because among the games with no release date is Gear Up as well as Prison Architect or Metro: Last Light, while the latter two are obviously available, only have the date broken. So yeah, let's just stick to the official counter at http://store.steampowered.com/browse/linux/ :-)
kalin 5 June 2014 at 8:34 pm UTC
500 for me
GoCorinthians 6 June 2014 at 1:30 am UTC
pb
compholio
pbIt only shows 495 titles here: ...
Weird, if you do this search it shows 500, but yours shows 495 for me as well.
That's probably because the 500 counter includes unreleased games as well. When sorting by release date, these games disappear. I'm just speculating though, because among the games with no release date is Gear Up as well as Prison Architect or Metro: Last Light, while the latter two are obviously available, only have the date broken. So yeah, let's just stick to the official counter at http://store.steampowered.com/browse/linux/ :-)
Damn...660 games!
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