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Valve to release Steam for Linux limited beta next month

Steam for Linux limited beta to arrive next month

By Anthony Garreffa on Sep 28, 2012 12:32 am CDT - 0 mins, 55 secs reading time

Valve are hard at work on porting Steam over to Linux, but it looks like the company is doing well enough with the software to release a beta version of the app on the open-source operating system. Valve are looking to release an internal beta sometime next week, and after that, we're looking at an external beta limited to just 1,000 people as soon as next month.


The limited beta will sport support for Ubuntu 12.04 and above, with access to a single Valve game. There's been no word on which game it would be, but we're probably going to see it manifest into Left 4 Dead 2, which is something that the company has talked about using so far. The results of Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam saw it running a tad faster on Linux under OpenGL versus Windows on either OpenGL or DirectX.

Valve will open up a sign-up page for the external beta in the next couple of weeks, where they'll select beta testers based on the hardware they're running. Valve are wanting to test Steam for Linux on a variety of different setups.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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