Linux to get better Steam support
EVERY PENGUIN HAS ITS DAY
VALVE, EVER THE champion of Linux gaming, last month announced the release of Steam Play, a new compatibility layer for Steam. Currently in beta on an opt-in basis, Steam Play aims to create a seamless gaming experience for Windows-only software on Linux-based systems. This means Valve has paid attention to everything from strong fullscreen support to thorough gamepad compatibility. This will, hopefully, negate the sinking feeling Linux users experience when browsing Steam, trying to find something to play, only to discover that it’s not Linux compatible.
Valve has optimised the compatibility layer to work with a number of already released games, including Nier: Automata, Quake Champions, and both the original and 2016 versions of Doom. Steam Play beta testers will, by default, only be able to access games that have been fine-tuned in the compatibility layer by Valve, but this limitation can be overridden — your mileage will vary from title to title. Once Steam Play is out of beta, it will be the responsibility of studios to ensure their games are Steam Play compatible.