The first Steam Machines are set to launch in November, and they’re basically small but reasonably powerful desktop computers design for gaming. They will ship with Steam OS which is a Linux-based operating system developed by Valve, the company behind the popular Steam game platform.
But will there actually be any games available? Yes. At least a thousand of them.
As Phoronix notes, the number of Steam games that are available for SteamOS and other GNU/Linux operating systems has just passed the 1,000 mark.
That number will likely grow by the time SteamOS and the first Steam Machines are ready to ship later this year. Any game that can run on SteamOS can also run on just about any computer running Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, or other popular Linux-based operating systems. That means Linux gaming is no longer confined to Tux Racer and Battle for Wesnoth.
OK, OK… it’s been a while since the Linux gaming scene was that small… but now that Valve and Steam are entering the space there’s a lot more incentive for game developers to support the platform. And it looks like plenty of them are doing just that.
Of course quality is at least as important as quantity, so it’s good to know that some pretty well-received games (both new and old) are available on Steam for Linux including Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal and Portal 2, Borderlands 2, Don’t Starve, Half-Life, Trine, Counter-Strike, and torchlight.