December 14, 2012

Steam Linux to Launch Open Beta Next Week

Steam for Linux will be available for everyone to try from next week, after spending just over a month as a limited beta.

Valve has announced that the beta will be opened to public very soon:
“The Open Beta will be available to the public and will increase the current population from 80K to a higher number.”
As noted earlier in the month, System Requirements for some Linux games are now being listed on the Steam Store.

The list below indicates games that have System Requirements:
  • Amnesia
  • Dynamite Jack
  • Eversion
  • iBomber Attack
  • Killing Floor
  • Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45
  • Serious Sam 3:BFE
  • Sword & Sworcery
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles
  • World of Goo

With the Open Beta comes a handful of changes and Valve has indicated that:
  • a new webpage will appear with details on installing Ubuntu and Steam for Linux
  • The Steam for Linux repository will be set up for installing the client
  • Statistics for the current Linux games library will soon be available
  • Support Linux games will be available for purchase