Steam for Linux is finally out of beta and has been officially launched by the behemoth games company Valve. Users of the Ubuntu operating system can get the Steam client software free of charge from the Ubuntu Software Centre or from the Ubuntu website here https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/steam/
To celebrate the launch of Steam on a new platform Valve has begun a “Celebration Sale” slashing prices of many top titles by as much as 80% all of which are compatible with Linux.
The Steam client is now available on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux and makes it even easier than ever for customers to buy a game once and play it on multiple platforms. David Pitkin, Director of Consumer Applications at Canonical (Ubuntu’s parent company) was pleased; he said “The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers. We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. We’re looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam.” Now that the software is out of beta and available as a final release Valve and Canonical are expecting more developers to embrace the platform and release more games for it; both new titles and upgrading older titles to be compatible.
Steam for Linux Sale
Steam for Linux includes the key features from the other platforms, including Big Picture mode, designed to be a game controller friendly interface aimed at living room TV gameplay. Valve is very interested in pushing into this space and is developing a Steam Box so players can enjoy their high quality PC games on their living room TVs.
The Steam for Linux sale is now on and will continue until 21st February at 10am PST (6pm in the UK).