As a semi-frequent Linux user who likes to keep track of things through tinkering in virtual machines, I’ve been very interested in SteamOS and the promise it has for gaming on Linux. Until Valve announced Steam for Linux and started work on SteamOS, there was no force working to change the state of gaming on Linux for the better. Now that Valve’s efforts are so close to finally bearing fruit, they have decided to host a SteamOS sale for games that are either coming to the platform for the first time or have been popular on the platform. Some of the developers and publishers games listed in this sale, however, haven’t even announced a SteamOS port yet.
That’s quite a selection of titles, including a few AAA developers and publishers supporting an operating system that isn’t even out of beta yet. It gets better still – if you’re unsure whether these companies have their head in the right place, look at some of the other titles on sale that already have working SteamOS ports from some very popular studios:
There are several big studios here that have already made the choice to support SteamOS and Linux, even though there’s still some hairy things about it that could break your experience like the sound drivers not working, or X server not responding, or the graphics drivers being open-source and not the official closed-source ones. Linux has been a mostly mature option for PC users not tied to Windows and not running exotic hardware that barely sees a smidgeon of Linux support, and seeing studios like Gearbox and Rocksteady provide more than passing support for Linux is a clear sign that the winds are changing. Eventually, Microsoft will not be able to hold on to the title of being the world’s perferred OS for gamers.
There are already 933 games available on Steam that are capable of running on Linux and the list of compatible games grows every day. Who’s going to be the next AAA publisher to throw their money into the ring and join in on the fun?