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Well, it looks like the earlier news that Feral Interactive’s port of F1 2015 to Linux systems was quite correct. The game studio that focuses on Linux ports has formally announced the launch date for F1 2015, which as it happens will become available tomorrow through Steam (that’s 26 May 2016, for those of you time travelers reading this in the future!). The game’s release has been hinted at in the past, and looking today at the change log for the game on Steamdb.info reveals that it saw a huge update in the public beta build yesterday, which is presumably where Feral has been testing Linux compatibility for some time. Hit the jump to see the system requirements and see if you’re ready for this release.

Before we dive into the specs, there’s another announcement inside the landing page for F1 2015 on Feral’s website that reveals that Windows and Linux gamers will be able to share and play on the same servers, so you won’t be left lonely if you’re playing this on a Linux machine. There’s also mention of proper wheel and gamepad support, and I wonder how that’s being handled. If it’s through the game itself, things might not be so rosy for older wheels like the Logitech Driving Force GT, but the G29 Driving Force is recent enough that it, and other wheels like it should be supported.

Minimum requirements: 

  • OS: Ubuntu Linux 16.04 or SteamOS 2.0 64-bit or similar
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 or AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 4GB of system memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GT 640 with Geforce driver 364.19 or later
  • HDD: 15GB of free storage
  • Other: Internet connection and verified Steam account and client required

Recommended requirements:

  • OS: Ubuntu Linux 16.04 or SteamOS 2.0 64-bit or similar
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770
  • RAM: 8GB of system memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970 with Geforce driver 364.19 or later
  • HDD: 15GB of free storage
  • Other: Internet connection and verified Steam account and client required

Compared to the Windows system requirements, these seem a lot lighter and the OpenGL version of the game could be less demanding, but it is quite telling that Feral does not recommend any AMD graphics cards at this stage. That could possibly be due to them not having that kind of hardware around to test, or the game doesn’t work very well with AMD’s cards right now, but if you’re a Radeon owner it might be best to give it a wait and see how things turn out for anyone else buying it.

F1 2015 for Linux systems launches on 26 May 2016, and will be available to anyone who currently owns the game on Steam thanks to SteamPlay cross-platform license support. Pre-ordering the game on Feral’s website does not net you any discounts, so you may as well wait for the forthcoming Steam Summer/Winter sale before thinking about purchasing it.

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