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NVIDIA announces improved Linux support as Steam beta also debuts on the platform

Linux gamers get a double dose of treats today.

NVIDIA graphics has this week announced a new set of drivers that double the performance and dramatically reduce the load times for those gamers using the Linux operating system.

As the company reports, the NVIDIA GeForce R310 driver release - the result of over a year's worth of development between NVIDIA, Valve and various other game developers - is designed to give users of both GeForce graphics cards and the Linux OS the best possible PC gaming experience, as well as showcase the world's largest open-source operating system.

And the new R310 drivers were also thoroughly tested with the newly-released beta version of Steam for Linux, an extension of the hugely popular gaming platform available on Windows PCs.

"With this release, NVIDIA has managed to increase the overall gaming performance under Linux," said Valve's vice president of marketing Doug Lombardi. "NVIDIA took an unquestioned leadership position developing R310 drivers with us and other studios to provide an absolutely unequalled solution for Linux gamers."

The R310 drivers are designed to be fully compatible with the latest GeForce generation of GTX 600 GPUs, although those running previous generation GeForce GPUs (including the 8800 GT series and above) are being encouraged to download the new drivers, too. They are available from

Meanwhile, Valve has marked the Linux Beta of Steam with confirmation that the free-to-play Team Fortess 2 game is fully compatible with the system. Approximately 24 titles are also now available to play on Linux systems, while the beta feature Big Picture that allows Steam users to use the platform with a TV and controller is also being trialled as part of the release.

"This is a huge milestone in the development of PC gaming," said Valve president Gabe Newell. "Steam users have been asking us to support gaming on Linux. We're happy to bring rich forms of entertainment and our community of users to this open, customer-friendly platform."ADNFCR-1220-ID-801483970-ADNFCR