When Valve’s Steam Deck ships to customers later this month, the handheld gaming PC will run a Linux-based operating system called Steam OS. And that might give gaming on Linux a little boost.
While Valve’s game client has been running on Linux for years, as of last month just over 1% of Steam users ran on Linux (and less than 3% used macOS, with Windows accounting for 96%). It’ll be interesting to see if that changes once the Steam deck hits the streets. And if so, we might see more game makers add support for Linux… but one of the most popular games out there is not will add Linux support soon: Epic CEO Tim Sweeney says the company has done so no porting plans Fourteen days to Linux.
He says it’s because Epic “has no confidence that we can combat large-scale cheating under a variety of kernel configurations, including custom ones,” but it’s been an interesting take since Epic has beautiful ported its anti-cheat software to support Mac and Linux devices including Steam Deck.
That means third-party games that use Epic’s Easy Anti-Cheat software should be compatible with the Steam Deck. But Epic’s own Fourteen days won’t be one of those games.
Then again, Fortnite isn’t available on the Steam store either, so it’s no big surprise that the company doesn’t want to make it happen also It’s easy for you to play his hugely popular game on a device that might lock you into a rival’s ecosystem.
But the Steam Deck is basically a PC, and while it ships with Steam OS, it can also run Windows. And that could offer a way for people willing to install an alternative operating system to play Fourteen days or other games that may not be available or work well on Linux.
Here’s a roundup of the latest tech news from around the web.
It looks like people who want to play Fortnite on the Steam Deck will need to install Windows in order to do so.
The Vivo NEX 5 smartphone could feature a 120 HZ QHD+ display, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, up to 12 GB RAM and 512 GB storage, a 5,000 mAh battery, 80 W charging, a 32 MP front camera and four rear cameras (50 MP primary, 48 MP ultra wide angle, 12 MP 2X zoom and 8 MP 5X zoom). However, Vivo’s NEX-branded phones have a long tradition of offering wide-ranging features, and by that standard the NEX 5 actually looks like a fairly conventional 2022 flagship.
MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) turned 25 this week. Today the open source software supports thousands of classic games.
Happy 25th Anniversary, MAME! On December 24, 1996, developer Nicola Salmoria began work on individual arcade hardware emulators such as MultiPac. Nicola unified his emulators under a unified framework and on February 5, 1997 he released MAME 0.1. #Mummy #Emulation
— The MAME team (@mamedev_org) February 5, 2022
Samsung says it will soon start using recycled ocean-bound plastic across its lineup, starting with Galaxy devices (phones and tablets) due to launch this week, which are made in part from recycled fishing nets.
Apple plans to launch Tap to Pay mobile payments for iPhones later this year, allowing iPhone users to use their phones to make contactless credit and debit card payments at “millions of retailers across the US.” iPhone XS or newer required.
When Firefox 94 launched in November, it included a number of “time-limited” color variants that let you change the look of the browser. Firefox 97 is rolling out now, and it’s reverting these looks – if you want to keep one, make sure it’s enabled before the update.
Among other things, the update brings a fix for printer issues, experimental support for dark mode in the Files app, support for choosing where screenshots are saved, and a privacy check in the browser (hidden behind a flag that needs to be enabled). .
The Chrome OS 98 Stable Channel software update is here. What’s in there? More virtual desk shortcuts, new emojis and a printer correction, just to name a few. https://t.co/AlVFePEaBr
— Kevin C. Tofel (@KevinCTofel) February 8, 2022