Linux system requirements begin to appear on Steam game pages

It's Linux, See

By on December 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

Valve’s Linux support for Steam rolls inexorably closer, and now Linux site OMG! Ubuntu have spotted that several games have begun to list Linux system requirements.

PC Gamer notes that the Linux requirements seem to only be visible on Linux operating systems, and screenshots taken for games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent list components like Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Mint 13 LTS, or Fedora 16, fully updated, as their OS. TechGage has screenshots showing the requirements for games like Serious Sam BFE.

It’s also widely speculated that the Steam Box living-room-console-PC, whose existence was yesterday confirmed by Gabe Newell, will use Linux as its backbone.

Source: PC Gamer

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Hard to see where they’re going with this. Even if they get their own games working on Linux it’s going to be hard to get other devs to do so without some big incentives.

I can understand why they wouldn’t want to run windows but it’s not like valve has a great record with console games anyway. The only thing I could thing of would be a big push for linux indie games and make that a major selling point for the console.



With any luck Valve will have enough clout to get what’s needed for Linux to become more viable a target for games developers. Then again, maybe not (OS X gaming is still in shambles even with Steam).

You gotta start somewhere.


I’m not sure of the financial arrangements that Valve have with the big names but maybe they could offer them something like this:

“We’ll cut X percent of the fee’s and kickbacks to distribute your games via steam if you start developing support for them to run on linux as well.”

Sure they could potentially start losing out on some $ if developers started taking them up on it but in the long term it would eventually increase their profits and make Linux a viable option in the gaming industry.

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