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Valve continues to improve Linux Vulkan Shader Pre-Caching
30 May 2020 at 8:38 pm UTC

If I have understood what a shader is, I can not fathom how this works? Can someone explain in very simple terms, please?

Shaders are what's deciding on how things will look with lights, shades and effects like glares, wetness, fire, all those things that happens on top of textures, right?

Well, in most games that will depend on what you do, when you do it and where you go? Like in GTA, there's time of day and weather, not to mention where on the map I drive?!
And - if there are some generally applicable pre-rendered work, then why not include that as part of the game install to begin with? And why are these pre-caching files handed out in small bits now and then?

I'm like... 100% blank!

Even more Linux games confirmed for the Steam Game Festival
25 May 2020 at 1:36 pm UTC Likes: 1

orochi_kyoAh, the "I know a lot of people", the same argument I use as a fighting gamer, to not feel Im not a niche of a niche gamer.

I don't understand your tone or intent, but as a Linux gamer you're already in a smaller niche than the VR niche. But yeah - I thought I were going to be more unique than I actually am, as I discovered when starting to talk about VR with my surroundings.

orochi_kyoWow, way to go for VR, being so exclusive that you need crowdfunding to get one. I don't think Liam is exactly someone that poor to not get decent hardware, still no VR.

So what's the rationale behind being this snarky? Liam has several times expressed it's too expensive for him but he'd love to cover it had he had the hardware.

orochi_kyosomehow VR is getting more expensive
?? The prices are, like all other PC hardware, going down while new generations are entering the same price point as the former generation. VR gear is no different. Both Oculus and Vive has dropped in price yearly since release, Oculus Rift costs now roughly 50% of what it cost at launch. Vive has released new versions of their set, with price point of new set being lower than their first. So I'm not really understanding your claim here.

Even more Linux games confirmed for the Steam Game Festival
24 May 2020 at 9:37 pm UTC

Liam Dawe
BeamboomNo VR games to look forward to? It's all VR for me nowadays!
I simply don't follow VR as I don't have it, so I wouldn't expect much VR from GOL any time soon.

But we need you on the VR train! Could we do a gofundme or something, see if we can gather enough for you to order a set?

Even more Linux games confirmed for the Steam Game Festival
24 May 2020 at 10:43 am UTC Likes: 1

Kimyrielle
BeamboomIt's all VR for me nowadays!

Does it feel lonely, being the only one!

Haha! I'm actually surprised over how many of us there are. I've discovered, for example, a lot more colleagues at work has it than I was aware of.

Even more Linux games confirmed for the Steam Game Festival
23 May 2020 at 9:46 pm UTC Likes: 2

No VR games to look forward to? It's all VR for me nowadays!

Come tell us about what you've been gaming on Linux lately
18 May 2020 at 11:55 am UTC Likes: 1

PatolaThank you. Wishlisted all your suggestions, except for Paper Cut that I couldn't find. It is not on Steam, right?

Ah damn, sorry that's a typo, my bad: Not Paper Cuts, but BUDGET Cuts! Yeah it's on Steam and it is marvellous. It's just never been cooler to sneak around.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/400940/Budget_Cuts/

There's a sequel to it too, but I've not tried it yet. Judging from the user reviews it seems to essentially be "more of the same", but I don't necessarily see that as a bad thing in this case.

Come tell us about what you've been gaming on Linux lately
18 May 2020 at 8:06 am UTC Likes: 1

It's been 100% Virtual Reality since I got my Index a couple of weeks ago. I am extremely pleasantly surprised by the level of the VR games already available, and have tremendous amounts of fun with games like:

- Pistol Whip: I swear this game will make me more fit. Amazing workout - and amazingly fun.

- Budget Cuts: A stealth game that was a LOT more fun than I expected it to be. There's something about PHYSICALLY go down on your knees and hide under a desk that just adds SO much to the immersion. I am THERE, right there sneaking around, trying to avoid detection by the robots.

- Eleven Table Tennis VR: I love table tennis, and here I can work on my forehand and play online with real opponents. In a virtual table tennis game that really is quite close to the real thing!

Space Pirate Trainer: A classic shoot'em'up concept, only I'm IN the game killing waves of flying space things that files TOWARDS me and surrounds me and god damn the chaos is real.

- Serious Sam VR: Another classic game concept in every way (mindless shooter), but actually BEING THERE, stumbling around in the debris and having monsters physically TALLER THAN ME run towards me... It makes ALL the difference. Unfortunately it is technically a bit jaggy in the corners, the picture skips now and then, and that's both ironic and sad since it's one of the few natively running VR games we got for Linux. But the fun is real.

- Beat Saber: We all know this one, so there was no real surprise here other than that it's every bit as awesome as it looks.

- Superhot: Another classic that everyone knows. God damn how stylish and fun it is. Finished last week. I need a sequel.

And I've not even started on Alyx yet!

Also, it is fantastic how well VR games work on Proton. I've not had to tweak a single thing, they all just works straight out of the box.

Half-Life: Alyx now available on Linux with Vulkan
15 May 2020 at 9:31 pm UTC Likes: 1

Oh shit - that was faster than expected. Now here's hoping my Nvidia 1080 card works well enough...!!!!


Edit: It's still only listed with Windows as supported platform though?

Play Next is live on Steam to remind you of all your unplayed games
15 May 2020 at 10:32 am UTC

TcheyI want only game related news posted by the team... And i can’t find any option to remove it.

Click on the cogwheel next to the "What's new" and turn on "only show product updates", won't that fix it?

xrdesktop continues expanding the Linux desktop into Virtual Reality with work sponsored by Valve
8 May 2020 at 8:47 pm UTC Likes: 6

Ahhh this looks fantastic!

And Liam, bro, we gotta make a gofundme or something and get you a Index set, we need you on the VR ball!

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