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SteamOS Now Officially Supports Intel & AMD GPUs

Gaming

Published on 09 January 2014 05:39 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
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SteamOS, Valve's Debian-based Linux gaming platform for Steam Machines and other living room PCs, now officially supports Intel HD Graphics and AMD graphics (via Catalyst).

Phoronix showed back in December that Intel HD Graphics work with SteamOS and AMD Radeon GPUs with Catalyst also worked. However, Valve didn't officially advertise the support and encouraged the use of NVIDIA GeForce graphics over outstanding bugs.

Yesterday I mentioned that AMD provided a preview Catalyst Linux driver to Valve that was incorporated into SteamOS. This new AMD Catalyst Linux driver reportedly works much better for many Steam Linux games. With this new driver, plus several Intel HD Graphics Linux issues having been sorted out separately, they have went ahead and declared Intel + AMD graphics officially supported alongside NVIDIA graphics.

Right now the AMD Catalyst driver is used by default for Radeon GPUs but the open-source R600/RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers for AMD GPUs should also be possible given that SteamOS is carrying the Linux 3.11 kernel and Mesa 10 for Intel open-source support.

Other details of the latest SteamOS changes as of 8 Janaury can be found from this SteamCommunity.com page.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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