Valve is apparently so tired of the lack of innovation in PC hardware that they will take the matter in their own hands.
“Valve is traditionally a software company,” reads the post. “Open platforms like the PC and Mac are important to us, as they enable us and our partners to have a robust and direct relationship with customers.”
“We’re frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we’re jumping in,” Valve declares. “Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed in any meaningful way over the years. There’s a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked.”
The job requires the applicant to have ”6+ years of professional experience shipping world-class, high-tech hardware products”, and “confidence with 2D and 3D design visualization tools”.
According to Steam’s press release, the software will range from creativity to productivity. Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as “easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you.”
More titles will be added after September 5th. Developers might also want to utilize the new Greenlight feature on Steam and submit their software through it.
“The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games,” said Mark Richardson at Valve. “They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests.”
What type of software do you wish to see through this new feature?
Left 4 Dead 2 apparently runs faster on Linux than it does on Windows.
Both Left 4 Dead 2 and Portal 2 run about 20 percent faster on Linux and OpenGL than on Windows/Direct 3D. According to an official blog post from Valve, L4D2 ran at 315 frames per second on an Ubuntu Linux machine, and only 270 frames per second on a Windows PC with “comparable powers.”
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The project began in 2011, and aims to give Linux users a fully featured STEAM version. Additionally, the first game to be ported is Left 4 Dead 2. The plan is to make the game run as great on Linux, as it does on Windows. Additionally, other Valve titles will be ported as well.