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Games: Godot Engine, Valve, and Vulkan support in Crostini

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  • Godot Engine - Dev snapshot: Godot 3.4 beta 3

    The upcoming Godot 3.4 release will provide a number of new features which have been backported from the 4.0 development branch (see our release policy for details on the various Godot versions). We had a beta 2 build ten days ago, and a number of issues have since been found and fixed, so it's time for Godot 3.4 beta 3.

    If you already reviewed the changelog for the previous beta, you can skip right to the differences between beta 2 and beta 3.

    This build also fixes a nasty crash on Windows for some projects using dynamic fonts with outlines, triggered by a buildsystem update (GH-50790).

  • 11 Unanswered Questions about the Steam Deck
  • Hands on with Steam Deck: Here’s what to expect from Valve’s portable – and powerful – gaming PC

    It’s still early enough in the production process that it’s hard to say what lies ahead for the Steam Deck. From what I saw, the new portable gaming PC from Valve is flexible, surprisingly powerful, and affordable. It’s got potential.

    If Valve can get the Deck into wide enough circulation, it’s got a chance to change the face of PC gaming. Again.

    The Deck, which was first officially announced a couple of weeks ago, is a handheld PC that runs a new version of Valve’s Linux-based SteamOS. Out of the box, it features gamepad controls and two trackpads, built into either side of a 7-inch LCD touchscreen, but you can also hook it up to a monitor, mouse, and/or keyboard and treat it like an ultra-portable PC tower.

  • Steam Deck hands-on: PC power with console conveniences

    Seeing every photo and video of the Steam Deck on the internet didn't prepare me for seeing it in person. It's a goliath—somehow way bigger than I expected, especially when compared side-by-side with a Nintendo Switch. This is the full tower PC case of videogame handhelds.

    Once I picked up the Steam Deck, though, the size didn't seem to matter much. It's solid, but at 1.47 pounds, not too heavy to hold comfortably. It's wide, but the inputs are close enough to reach naturally. The button arrangement looks silly and top heavy in pictures, but fits with how you'll naturally grip the device.

  • Eureka! Playing Vulkan Games in Crostini

    Today is a day I’ve been waiting for for a long time: Vulkan support in Crostini is a reality. Technically, it’s been available in the default “termina” virtual machine since Chrome OS 93. The catch was that the Debian container inside the virtual machine needs an updated and experimental graphics driver (the VirtIO Venus driver). Thankfully, we can run any container we want! That includes Arch Linux. The same Linux distribution that the upcoming Steam OS 3 on the Steam Deck is based on, where tinkering with the latest packages and drivers is, relatively speaking, a breeze.

    Enabling Vulkan support right now is not for the faint of heart. There are a lot of technical steps to get this working on Chrome OS today. We believe this may be available to the wider public in Chrome OS 94 along with the new Debian 11 container. We had noticed that, with Debian 11, there is now a (very slow) CPU-based “lavapipe” driver for Vulkan available by default. This is not what we are talking about today. The Venus driver provides full GPU-accelerated Vulkan graphics.

Steam Deck Using Linux Explained

  • Steam Deck Using Linux Explained

    Valve recently announced the Steam Deck, its entry into the handheld PC market that would be fully integrated with Steam. Alongside some impressive specs for its small size, Valve has confirmed that the Steam Deck will be a Linux-based system. With a new version of SteamOS based on Arch Linux, the Steam Deck will likely feature a user-friendly experience and function as an actual Linux PC.

    However, Linux has a bad reputation for PC gaming since Linux-based systems are often limited to games that are natively designed for them. Thankfully, Steam Deck runs on a Linux-based software called Steam Proton which functions as a compatibility layer for PC games that are native to Windows. While it's not perfect and still has a long way to go before the release of the Steam Deck, Steam Proton offers a solution to the Linux problem without heavily impacting performance.

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