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SteamOS 159 Drops Support For NVIDIA's Pre-Fermi Graphics Cards

Valve today pushed out the SteamOS 159 update into the Alchemist repository today, which matches the recent changes to the Alchemist Beta repository. This update isn't too exciting as it's mostly stable fixes, branding updates, etc, but the NVIDIA Linux driver update does remove the support for pre-Fermi graphics cards.
6 May 2015 - SteamOS Update 159 - 32 Comments

Steam Linux Usage Drops Below 1%

While we didn't expect any big gains for the Linux gaming market-share over the past month, it does come as a surprise there's a significant drop.
4 May 2015 - Steam Linux 1% - 119 Comments

Valve Releases OpenVR SDK

Valve Software today released the OpenVR SDK, an API and runtime that allows accessing virtual reality hardware from multiple vendors without requiring the applications be specifically targeting that platform.
30 April 2015 - OpenVR SDK - 6 Comments

Valve Adds 64-bit Linux Support To SteamVR

In the latest of the frequent updates to SteamVR, Valve has added 64-bit Linux support.
30 April 2015 - SteamVR Linux x86_64 - 9 Comments

It's Been Three Years Since The Big Steam Linux Reveal

It was this week three years ago when there was the big Steam Linux reveal when I was over at Valve HQ learning from Gabe Newell about their Steam Linux client plans, their ambitions for a Steam Linux distribution on consoles (now known as SteamOS), and much more.
27 April 2015 - Valve HQ - 22 Comments

There's Now More Than 1,100 Games On Steam For Linux

It was just last month I wrote about there being more than 1,000 games on Steam for Linux/SteamOS. Recently, Steam crossed the 1,100 games milestone; over one hundred additions in just over one month!
24 April 2015 - Steam Linux / SteamOS - 58 Comments

Valve Is Giving Out Their Steam Linux Games To Mesa Developers

Last year Valve made all of their games free to Debian developers as a thank you since SteamOS is based on Debian. Now Valve is giving out their collection of all current and future games to open-source Mesa developers.
10 April 2015 - Free Linux Games - 64 Comments

Linux Usage Rose By A Tiny Amount On Steam Last Month

Valve's monthly hardware/software survey is out for the data collected in March and provides an interesting look at the current Linux gaming market-share.
2 April 2015 - +0.04% - 49 Comments

How Far Valve Has Come: Three Years Ago They Needed OpenGL Linux Help

While these days there's more than 1,000 Linux games on Steam, just three years ago in their early Source Engine porting process they were barely able to get good frame-rates.
30 March 2015 - Gaben's Message - 25 Comments

Learning More About The Intel Vulkan Driver, Linux Vulkan Plans

LunarG, the company that's been doing a lot of consulting work for Valve on optimizing Linux graphics drivers, is also the company that Valve paid to develop the Intel Vulkan Linux graphics driver. LunarG has been doing Linux graphics driver development for years with Mesa/Gallium3D and was formed by some of the same former Tungsten Graphics staff. Here's some more information on their Vulkan and SPIR-V adventures.
12 March 2015 - LunarG - 20 Comments

Rumors Arise Over State Of Steam Machines & SteamOS

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas there are no big Steam Machines announcements but just much talk about the state of affairs for Valve and their Steam Machines and SteamOS projects.
8 January 2015 - Steam - 51 Comments

Steam Client Beta Improves Video Performance, Adds FPS Counter

Valve has started the new year with a new Steam client beta for all supported platforms.
3 January 2015 - Steam Linux Beta - 5 Comments

Steam Gaming On PC-BSD

While Valve doesn't provide any official BSD binaries of Steam nor are any of the Steam game titles listed as supporting BSD, it doesn't stop some from trying to get their gaming fix on FreeBSD/PC-BSD.
14 December 2014 - PC-BSD Steam - 18 Comments

Valve's VOGL Is Finally Back To Having New Commits, OS X Support

While Valve's VOGL open-source OpenGL debugger was off to a great start when announced at the start of the year, recently it fell into a bit of a dry period when it didn't see any new work for more than a month. Fortunately, that dry spell is over and there's new commits flowing back into VOGL.
19 November 2014 - VOGL - 15 Comments

Happy Second Birthday To The Steam Linux Client

It was on this day two years ago that the Steam Linux client went into beta following the many exclusive Steam Linux stories and after being over at Valve's headquarters to learn about their ambitious Linux plans.
6 November 2014 - Birthday! - 16 Comments

Steam Linux Usage Is Almost Back Up To 1.2%

The Steam hardware/software survey has been updated with its October 2014 data and it reflects slightly larger Linux gaming market-share.
1 November 2014 - 1.18% - 42 Comments

Dead Island GOTY Now Available On Linux/SteamOS

For those longing to play the Dead Island action RPG / survival horror game on Linux, the Game of the Year Edition of Dead Island is now available!
25 October 2014 - Dead Island - 34 Comments

SteamOS Update 145 Brings Compositor, Update Fixes

Valve has released to stable their SteamOS Update 145 today after the changes were in their alchemist beta testing area since last week.
22 October 2014 - SteamOS U145 - 1 Comment

SteamOS: Desktop vs. Big Picture Mode Benchmarks

Curious if running Linux games via Steam's Big Picture Mode causes a performance impact over a conventional desktop session? Here's some benchmarks.
11 October 2014 - SteamOS Sessions - 10 Comments

Former Valve/VOGL Dev: OpenGL Next Could Take 3+ Years

Rich Geldreich, one of the original Valve Linux team members who started work on their VOGL OpenGL debugger, thinks it will take three years or more before the next-generation OpenGL materializes for users.
9 October 2014 - Geldreich - 38 Comments

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