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Valve has completely changed the game for Linux users

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Linux has been around for as long as I can remember and throughout the years some of my more tech-savvy friends have always urged me to start using the Operating System. However, as gamers, we know that it is quite a pain to get a game running on Linux so we steer clear.

Sure, you could install WINE, which is a compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows applications (including some games) on several Linux platforms such as the widely popular Ubuntu. Now, Valve seems to have changed everything with their latest update to Steam Play and Linux gamers can finally play a tonne of games they always wanted to play, but their choice of OS didn’t allow it.

There’s a lot of technical stuff in the post about the new version of Steam Play, but the most important part and probably the most exciting news for Linux gamers in years is this little gem of a quote:

"Windows games with no Linux version currently available can now be installed and run directly from the Linux Steam client, complete with native Steamworks and OpenVR support." - Source

That’s incredible news for Linux-based gamers as there is no need for tinkering anymore as you can just play the game you want it would seem. This actually happened a week ago in a beta update and in that time, so just how impactful has the change been?

According to Forbes, Steam for Linux has added over 1000 perfectly playable games in under a week. The library of playable games also continues to grow daily and it is reportedly a 20% increase in this very short amount of time.

The Linux community continues to test all the games and options available with over 2000 games that have been user tested at the time of writing. There is a massive spreadsheet with all the user testing available for you to take a look at, with various ratings, details on specific Linux version used and how playable the games are.  

It’s still early days and I am sure things will improve even further. However, one thing is certain already, Valve has completely changed the game for Linux users that happen to be into gaming as well and I, for one, can’t wait to see how this all evolves over the next few months.

What do you think about Steam’s game-changing update for Linux users and have you ever considered using Linux instead of Windows? Let us know in the comment section below.

Sources: Forbes, Steam

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