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BattlEye now say they're working with Valve to support Steam Play
11 May 2019 at 12:45 am UTC Likes: 5

Quoting: KernelMustang917Think the upcoming Google Stadia is forcing devs to work on Linux alternatives now. I could see how this would be a good test for them on that front.
I'd expect that Stadia won't allow execution of user supplied code, so there'll be no need of anti-cheat software to limit what such programs can do.

OpenXR from The Khronos Group and Monado from Collabora could unify VR & AR
20 March 2019 at 7:25 pm UTC

There is a video showing this working with a full open source stack - Linux, Mesa, libsurvive with experimental positional tracking of a Vive headset, Monado for OpenXR, Godot game engine.

I'm amazed at the progress. A couple of days ago I thought positional tracking didn't yet work, and while I hoped that OpenXR would be introduced at GDC that wasn't known and there was no hint of an open implementation.

Steam Play is great for a younger audience with games like LEGO Jurassic World
23 December 2018 at 8:22 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: stormtuxI just installed "Lego: the Hobbit" thanks to the Humble Store and the game works fine except for a problem with the controllers. I have two steam controllers and I cannot use them together to play in split-screen coop.

I did the same started playing with my eldest child a couple of days ago. It is the only program I've run through proton (or wine).

We're using two Steam Controllers. To get them to work required starting both then the game, going into the controller options in the game menu, choosing "Change Device" from near the bottom, moving to player 2, mashing some buttons to make it show a gamepad, and telling it to accept the changes.

Intel's new discrete GPU will have a focus on Linux gaming
4 December 2018 at 12:45 am UTC

Quoting: mirvMy only concern is that Intel is now going to have to go up against nvidia & amd, and those two have quite the portfolio of patents between them for anything high performance in video cards.

The Patent Cross Licence between AMD and Intel is available on the SEC website. Looks to me like it includes GPUs (the "Processor" definition includes "graphics coprocessor"). Maybe the part of the definition of "AMD Processor" which says "or any AMD Subsidiary (provided such purchased or acquired design was not previously generally publicly available)" excludes things from ATI but as that acquisition was in 2006 and the first GCN cards came out in 2012 there should still be quite a bit that is covered. Some parts of the agreement are omitted from that and filed separately with the SEC to be kept confidential so perhaps something there excludes GPUs.

The amount of Linux users on Steam has increased when going by daily active users
9 July 2018 at 10:12 am UTC Likes: 3

That reddit user here. Unfortunately I don't think that counting flaw affected the data that was used for the periods used, so no extra probable Linux users got missed.

The last survey results published with that flaw were for March 2018. The results for April were published in early May along with the explanation that cyber cafe customers were overcounted. Going from the March to April survey results saw Linux jumping from 0.33% to 0.55% and Simplified Chinese dropping from 52.24% to 30.35%.

So that corrected data should also have been available for the presentation.

A look at what's currently on sale and good for Linux gamers
8 June 2018 at 10:04 pm UTC

Paradox are having a sale. Here are their Linux games. There is also list of games which are on sale but I couldn't find a way to filter on both at once.

This is the store belonging to the publisher of these games. My understanding is that purchasing there gives a Steam key.

Stellaris: Distant Stars story DLC pack releases May 22nd, new trailer is out
19 May 2018 at 10:39 pm UTC Likes: 1

QuoteThe last big patch to Stellaris seems to have caused quite a stir
Elsewhere the reaction has been mostly positive, with puzzlement about the Steam reviews. Today's threads on reddit about the Steam reviews:

Valve seem to be tightening their rules on games with sexual content
18 May 2018 at 9:03 pm UTC

Mutiny!! is on sale on Steam at the moment for much less than it has ever been before. Maybe they're cashing in on the publicity, maybe they're getting something for this while the still can.

HuniePop is on sale at Humble.

A new Steam Client Beta adds Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support to the Steam Controller
12 May 2018 at 8:39 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: MayeulCWasn't this up to 16 controllers previously?

I think it was up to 16 controllers per PC but 4 per dongle.

Looks like you can now run Linux on the Nintendo Switch
29 April 2018 at 5:13 pm UTC

Quoting: musojon74... no steam client ...

Steam Link uses Linux on ARM so it maybe that can be made to run. It falls well short of the full Steam client of course, and doesn't have any native games.