Until recently Linux users were the most unloved members of the gaming world, but back on February 14, they received the best Valentine’s Day present ever: Steam. The download service for a veritable smorgasbord of videogames, Steam games could be played only on a PC running Windows and occasionally a Mac. But now one of the best games (IMHO) on any platform is about to become one of the best games for Linux. First spotted by UK Linux blog, OMGUbuntu, Valve has released a native Linux beta for its first-person puzzler, Portal.
A few weeks ago, games publisher Valve announced that it had invested in modular PC maker Xi3, and gamers have been waiting with fascination for more info ever since they came out in public. Since then, their status has changed to “it’s complicated.” It’s become apparent that Valve has at least one other significant other.
Ever since the announcement in January, fans have been anticipating Valve’s Steam Box, a platform for Steam-based games that will serve as a competitor to the incumbent Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo systems. But now we have more of an idea when the Steam Box will turn from gamer fantasy into gamer reality: Valve’s co-founder Gabe Newell told the BBC that Valve will be giving prototypes of the game to customers in three or four months.