Serious Sam VR Arrives For Linux; Our Linux VR Testing Begins Tomorrow
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 23 February 2017 at 05:39 PM EST. 12 Comments
Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter has been put into public beta today by Croteam for those interested in Linux VR gaming.

Last week Croteam mentioned that Serious Sam VR for Linux was just around the corner and this afternoon they have pushed it into public beta, just two days after Valve published their first public SteamVR build for Linux.

Croteam does note that not all hardware is supported by Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter on Linux, not to mention for SteamVR Linux you must be using pre-releases of RADV and the NVIDIA Linux driver. Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter on Windows lists a minimum of at least a Radeon R9 290 or GTX 970 while they recommend an AMD Radeon R9 Fury or GeForce GTX 1070.

More details on Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter for Linux via their Steam Community page.

Tomorrow our test unit of the HTC Vive is set to arrive for Linux VR analysis. Should be an interesting weekend ahead testing different GPU/driver combinations and SteamVR for Linux in general and great now to see how Serious Sam is in the VR world... Stay tuned for some interesting write-ups. If any readers have any special Linux VR test requests (particularly if you are a premium member), feel free to contact me or post in the forums.
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