With all of the GDC2015 announcements this week from Valve developing an Intel Vulkan Linux graphics driver to confirming a lot of new Linux games, I just noticed today that Valve published their Steam Survey results for February and it shows a decline in Linux gamers.
Making GDC2015 week even more exciting for Linux gamers on top of the Source 2 Engine, the Steam Link streaming device, and Steam Machines shipping this year is a big SteamOS game sale via Steam. This sale is selling not only existing Linux/SteamOS game ports but also several AAA games being ported to Linux.
The latest excitement this week for Linux gamers is hardware vendor ZOTAC announcing today the Steam Machine SN970, their new living room PC powered by the Debian-based SteamOS.
After Valve announced their Steam Link streaming device, NVIDIA announced the Shield set-top box.
Besides announcing the Source 2 Engine, Valve used GDC2015 as an opportunity to announce Steam Link, a $49 (USD) device for streaming Steam content to any TV.
Valve has announced the Source 2 Engine this afternoon from the GDC2015 event taking place in San Francisco.
Version 5.0 of the Unity Game Engine was released this morning at the Game Developers' Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.
The Unreal Engine 4 is now free to everyone along with all future Unreal Engine updates!
The first beta of the Unigine 2.0 engine for simulation programs and games is now available.
Epic Games has today announced the availability of Unreal Engine 4.7, what they call their "biggest release yet" thanks to a number of new features.
Epic Games has announced today the start of developer grants for Unreal Engine 4 games where they've setup a five million dollar budget for the cause.
FlightGear 3.4 was released yesterday as the latest version of this popular open-source flight simulator.
How could Linux get more game ports and users? An Ubuntu developer is suggesting that Canonical and Red Hat finance the ports.
OpenMW, the project attempting to make an open-source engine re-implementation of Elderscrols III: Morrowind, is switching out their rendering engine.
The developers working on the Linux versions of Metro Last Light Redux and Metro 2033 Redux have released a long-awaited new patch release.
Feral Interactive, a game publisher and developer that historically focused on bringing AAA games to Mac OS X, is now looking to do more Linux game ports.
The Humble Bundle crew has launched their latest two-week sale of pay-what-you-want games. This newest bundle is the Star Wars Humble Bundle, but for Linux gamers you're left out this round.
While Steam had some great game deals over the holidays and titles like the Metro Redux games are fresh to Linux, these events didn't do anything to boost the Steam Linux market-share with the reported percentage of Linux gamers contracting slightly during January.
Unvanquished Alpha 36 was released on Sunday with a number of gamer-facing changes while on a technical side it looks like next month's Alpha 37 will be more exciting.
A new beta of the Linux port of The Witcher 2 was released this weekend and it aims to deliver improved performance.
It was brought up today in the forums that it's been three years of having a new LGP CEO while Linux Game Publishing's website remains down for the better part of the year, their web presence is disappearing, and it simply doesn't look like there's a bright 2015 ahead for this one leading provider of games to Linux.
Dying Light is a survival horror game developed by Techland. Up to now its release later this month has been billed as a Windows / PlayStation 4 / Xbox One title, but it looks now like it will premiere on Steam for Linux / SteamOS... Well, now it's confirmed!
For those looking toward one of the very best open-source first person shooters, Xonotic, it's finally reached version 0.8.
While some are pondering the state of SteamOS and Steam Machines rumors, Valve has put out SteamOS Update 153 after being in the Alchemist Beta state for the past week.
In the past few days there's been some progress in benchmarking newer Steam Linux games thanks to support from Valve developers and separate from that was now support for automated benchmarking of Metro Redux (Metro Last Light Redux and Metro 2033 Redux). The Metro Redux test ability led to yesterday's 22-way AMD/NVIDIA GPU comparison for this OpenGL 4 Linux game. The latest excitement? Getting automated tests up and running for Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4!
Version 4.2 of the cross-platform C4 Game Engine was released today. The big change of C4 Engine 4.2 is that it gets rid of Linux support after its lead developer has had a very unhappy and difficult experience with Linux.
I've now managed to get Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux working well for Linux graphics benchmarking!
With the numerous Linux graphics driver/hardware benchmarks done at Phoronix each week, one of the frequent requests is to use more popular Linux game titles available via Steam than the current selection of Linux game tests and OpenGL tech demos.
The first monthly alpha update to 2015 is now available for the open-source, Daemon-powered Unvanquished first person shooter.
This year was huge for Linux gamers with titles like Civilization: Beyond Earth, Metro Redux, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive seeing native Linux game releases. There were also new milestones reached for SteamOS, Linux drivers for better handling OpenGL games, etc. Here's a look at the most popular Linux gaming 2014 milestones along with a call for feedback for what you view as most significant to Linux gaming this year.
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