Steam Linux – internal beta to start next week

Thursday, 27th September 2012 13:33 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

An internal beta for the Linux version of Steam will start next week and a private external test for 1,000 users will start later in October, according to Develop.

The external beta will include a test of Steam, one Valve title, and Ubuntu 12.04 and above support. It will not include Big Picture or other Valve games at first.

Valve hasn’t said which of its games will be tested, but it’s assumed to be Left 4 Dead 2 as it would be the first game Linux released for the service. the company previously said that Left 4 Dead 2 would be the first game rolled out on the operating system, making it likely this could be the title in question.

Experienced Linux users are encouraged to participate in the test, while Valve recommends newer Linux users wait for another round of testing which will contain new features and improvements.



  1. OrbitMonkey

    Is this Gabes move against Windows 8 then?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    I guess it’s more of a combo (new market + just in case).

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    Yeah Gabe is hedging his bets. Steam alone won’t be enough to encourage people to go to Linux but for those that do use linux, its a perk, I guess except they will still have to use wine or boot into Windows in order to play triple A games.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Se_7_eN

    “Steam alone won’t be enough to encourage people to go to Linux”

    If those people hate Windows 8 as much as he does, it is… I am tempted.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight


    Please do. But you will soon realize you won’t be able to play any games on the PC other than the games developed for linux.

    #5 2 years ago

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