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Denuvo Anti-Cheat to support Steam Play Proton, being removed from DOOM Eternal
21 May 2020 at 9:20 am UTC Likes: 5

Wow, just wow.

I mean, a kernel-level anti-cheat is still essentially a rootkit, whether it supports Proton or not, but it is nice to see that we are noticed.

Mike Shapiro drops a cryptic message from G-Man for the upcoming Half-Life: Alyx
3 January 2020 at 12:15 pm UTC Likes: 2

WorMzyI was excited for Alyx, until it was confirmed that it is a VR exclusive. Hopefully poor sales will prompt them to revise that decision and release a more accessible version of the game.

Superhot VR (a 2016 game) generated $2 milion in sales over Christmas. Boneworks (almost a playground for HL: Alyx, just with worse story, than I'd expect from Valve) scored $3 milion in the first week after it launched. Sure, it's nothing compared with behemoths like The Witcher 3, but nothing to snark at either. For comparison, No Man's Sky saw $43m in the first year after release.

And anyway, the game is a hardware seller and a quite good one, considering the ramp-up of sales of Index and both "big" Oculus flavours.

Build a transportation empire with Transport Fever 2 out now, same-day support for Linux
12 December 2019 at 9:11 am UTC

As far as I remember, the only game I have ever pre-ordered. I haven't played much yet (2 hrs?), but I like what I saw so far.

Another Steam Beta is out, updates the Linux Runtime to help Steam Play Proton
12 December 2019 at 9:10 am UTC

KimyrielleFamily sharing is the most useless feature in Steam, honestly. You'd expect it to lock only the game somebody is using, but it locks the entire library. So if my daughter is playing any Steam game, I can't use my entire library as long as she's playing. Might as well let her use my computer in the first place. *rolleyes*

The only true reason is, where games support it, separation of saves and achievements. It is especially obvious in single-save games, or games without saves but with level unlocking. Other case: games with strong online social aspect, like leader boards and such.

And having two or more gaming PCs, i.e. the only case when the limitation matters, is not that common. I have two PCs and we solved it an easy way: we buy each game - or I gift a game - to the account of a person who will play it the most. So, my son owns Slime Rancher, though I play it too.

The big Steam Autumn Sale is now live, time to nominate for the Steam Awards
27 November 2019 at 7:23 am UTC Likes: 1

The_Aquabatlike everytime a sale starts the store is having troubles loading the pages, as always!! geez when are you going to fix this, valve?

They probably see traffic increased like tenfold or something, 3-4 times a year. I think they considered the cost needed to fix it and simply accepted the issue as an inconvenience that customers can live with.

Valve are making the Index VR kit available in more countries
23 November 2019 at 5:49 am UTC

ArehandoroI might consider if it was at half the price. That would put more VRs in people's homes.

Oculus Rift S, while technically not as advanced as Index, is $399, which is less than half the price of Index. It works really well and is much easier to set up than Index. People expect it to be available for $349 on Black Friday.

Unfortunately no Linux support, not even a half-baked one like Index.

Valve has now confirmed Half-Life: Alyx, their new VR flagship title
18 November 2019 at 4:51 pm UTC Likes: 5

Pity that there is no "budget" VR option that runs under Linux. Not only a stronger PC is needed than for VR under Windows, but lower spec headsets are Windows-only.

Good news for VR fans in the US, the full Valve Index bundle is back in stock
26 July 2019 at 10:44 am UTC Likes: 2

I'm considering Index, but I am a bit wary of being "in a niche (SteamVR) of a niche (VR in general) of a niche (Linux gaming)". Few native Linux VR games, then some Steam VR Windows games through proton, then Oculus exclusives (does Revive even work under Linux?). Paying $1000 to play only a subset of already few VR games seems like a stretch.

But then I loved VR every time I tried it.

Debian 10 "Buster" has finally been released
8 July 2019 at 11:00 am UTC

With Buster released, it's time for SteamOS 3.0 Clockwerk.

SteamOS had another beta update recently, new Steam Play Proton version 4.2-4 is out
15 May 2019 at 8:19 pm UTC

To celebrate, I bought Hellblade at 50% only to face a "DX11 level 10 required" error on a supposedly Platinum title...

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