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Anodyne 2: Return to Dust will have Linux support at launch
6 January 2019 at 11:39 am UTC

I like how they blend 2D and 3D gameplay with the new title!

Some thoughts on Linux gaming in 2018, an end of year review
20 December 2018 at 2:40 pm UTC

If you look at it from a "small world" perspective, the release of Proton/Steam Play this suddenly and quickly advancing it in the open just a few months before Epic announced their store is remarkable.

Both companies have engines that are capable of running on Linux natively, but Proton is some kind of lighthouse project that shines on Steam alone for the time being. Maybe that is the reason Epic only vaguely hints at open platform support in the future. Maybe that one even delayed their release.

One of the strongest points for Proton in my book: it will register the game as a Linux sale for the developer, if you spent about 2 hours in the game with it. I guess those numbers will open some eyes or at least raise some brows.

I don't intend to sound greedy or ungrateful, but how about a technology to enable Android software on Steam next?

Liftoff, a drone racing game that launched this year has Linux support
18 December 2018 at 4:57 pm UTC

g000hI'm quite interested in this but would be particularly interested if you could use it with an official R.C. Remote, e.g. Spektrum DX6i using USB link cable. In my cursory look over the Steam page. I didn't spot anything to indicate that you'd get proper kit to work on it.

Their homepage promises "support for a wide range of controllers" and FPV goggles, so I guess you're good to go. And the steam page reminds you that it "requires a remote or controller to play".

Reports: Valve making their own VR HMD and apparently a new VR Half-Life
11 November 2018 at 7:50 pm UTC

linux_gamerWhy the heck print the Logo on the PCB of a pre-series device? To me that seems to be quite negligent. The project code name and the hw revision should be well enough as only the project team and suppliers need to know.

Fair point, although that's probably better for copyright protection. I know I always write it, or the name of the company. Plys, who knows? That could be a near-final run?

There are videos about the automated assembly line Valve put together to fabricate the Steam Controller, so I guess they will be able to produce some PCBs in-house. Plus there are NDAs to help with leaks. Help with, not prevent all possible leaks.

MayeulCEdit: about glasses, I am pretty sure most vision defects could be accounted for by the headset itself, by adjusting the focal point of the lenses, and the transform algorithm.

Current HMDs are OK to use with glasses. If your specs are to huge to fit the visor, most folks will be able to use contacts instead.

On the other hand, there are vision defects like Amblyopia (lazy eye), where your eyeballs are not aligned within certain limits, so your brain is unable to compute both 2D inputs to 3D vision. People with Ambliopia will therefore be able to see images displayed on the screens, but lack the 3D sensation.

So yes, there are biological barriers of entry to this tech.

Reports: Valve making their own VR HMD and apparently a new VR Half-Life
11 November 2018 at 4:23 pm UTC Likes: 2

You are derailing the whole discussion, the article clearly states that this is not about HL3.

And even your newest "argument" is pointless. HL2 dates back more than a decade, of course players are expected to bring new hardware to run a new title in the series. You are contradicting yourself.

Reports: Valve making their own VR HMD and apparently a new VR Half-Life
11 November 2018 at 3:57 pm UTC Likes: 2

kuhpunktYou're derailing my argument, because you speak so much about the hardware. I'm speaking about HL3. That was the only thing I brought up.

If you want to look at the software independent of the hardware, all half-life titles would have to run on 1998 hardware.

Or as an analogy: you liked the Legend of Zelda game? Well, then you have to adopt new base hardware for every other title. If you owned a NES, there are only two titles the box is able to run. Want to play A Link to the Past or Link's Awakening? Either buy the newer consoles or miss out.

Reports: Valve making their own VR HMD and apparently a new VR Half-Life
11 November 2018 at 11:13 am UTC Likes: 2

kuhpunktI'm still baffled how many people think that HL3 would be a VR game. That makes no sense and would be a very very dumb idea.

No, it's a decades old practice called "system seller".

Bundle the new HMD with other hardware like controllers, steam link, a steam box with the most prominent games store and you will be able to build your own eco system.

Might not be the most possible way to work out in this case, but it's certainly not unheard of.

The Steam for Linux limited beta was six years ago tomorrow, where's the cake?
5 November 2018 at 5:17 pm UTC Likes: 1

g000hAh. The "good old days" of Linux - compiling your own stuff. Sure, you can still do it now, but most distributions give you awesome package management instead.

Gentoo offers both

About 10 years ago I had a bunch of hosts acting as distcc slaves for days of update fun.

But I agree, binary packages and generally all package managers improved immensely over time. Dependency hell is now mostly the subject of scary bonfire stories.

The Steam for Linux limited beta was six years ago tomorrow, where's the cake?
5 November 2018 at 2:53 pm UTC Likes: 12

You want a cake? You know the drill!


The Steam Hardware Survey for October 2018 shows a small drop for Linux, a look at daily and monthly active users
3 November 2018 at 10:55 am UTC

I just got my survey a few minutes ago - the first in nearly 3 years. Always using the beta client, no hardware changes (my machine is still beefy enough for my needs). I'm a Ubuntu user switching releases with a 2 month delay, so I'm on 18.04 instead of 18.10 but had a few OS changes since the last survey.

Interesting pieces of information that I took from the results:
  • is the survey poking at hardware connected to the system right now, or does it gather device driver information? Take the VR results for example: I know some players only plug in their HMD if they intend to use it and stuff it away otherwise. Will the survey pinpoint their device even if not in use when the survey runs?
  • the average Linux box has double the RAM, but less hard drive space. In fact, most Linux gamers seem to have less than 100 GB free and just 250 GB max storage on average? Less than 5% have 1+ TB? Compared to more than half the user base in the combined rating having more than 1 TB and still 250 to 500 GB free? And while the installed base of 16 GB RAM at about 30% is the same across combined and Linux only, 16 GB is actually the most common value for Linux? Having something like 7 GB of system RAM would hint at either running a VM or integrated graphics cards, although the video card usage does not match with the high number of 20% of Linux users having 7 GB RAM. How many surveys were collected on virtual machines?
  • I'd thought that the hardware survey would include other peripherals like gamepads/joysticks/wheels/etc or Steam Link by now, but that does not seem to be the case.
  • can sparse infos, like the number of CPUs per month on Linux, shed a light on how often a survey is offered to users? 5 and 18 physical CPUs are only present in August and October? Can this help nailing percentages to absolute values?
  • Even if highly rare number of CPUs are listed, more common network speeds are not. Network speed is also unknown most of the time, although it would be trivial to at least get a hint of by simply doing a download test during the survey. Why do they keep this score even if it has no value? Other than the likes of "no dial-up users anymore" of course...
  • Language shifts quite drastically between combined and Linux only scores for English and Chinese, on Linux those seem to combine to plain English. Other languages like Russian or German remain quite constant instead. Is Linux lacking some essential support for Chinese or do they not bother to setup their regional settings over there when using Linux? Or is Linux hardly ever used in China at all, as indicated by their low language score of 0.07%?

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