The Witcher 2 was just ported to Linux and SteamOS and they are celebrating by having an awesome 80% off sale. If you were wanting to build up your catalog of native SteamOS games or simply wanted to pickup The Witcher 2, $3.99 isn't a bad price!

Been impressed with the third party SteamOS support i've been seeing lately. I hope more developers join the trend to port to SteamOS. *cough* Bethesda *cough* 2K *cough* iD!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/20920/

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/23/2014 at 07:35pm

It's worth noting that there are some *major* problems with this port right now. They apparently wrapped it instead of doing a full port, and the wrapper they used is causing problems on certain hardware. I guess a better way to say it is, it's only working properly on certain hardware.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTY5ODM

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/23/2014 at 08:22pm

Hopefully this eon thing gets better OR they release a native port. I picked it up but plan on playing it when I get my steam machine. Hopefully it's sorted by then. I sort of dot care about the HOW porting happens as long as it isn't shit.

That said, native seem like the best approach even if it may be the most technically complicated in certain cases.

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/23/2014 at 08:46pm

Yeah exactly. I don't care if it's native as long as it works as you would expect. But single threading, and only working on certain models of a certain vendor's cards is not good.

They've got a good track record of fixing problems though. Hopefully they get to it soon.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/23/2014 at 10:09pm

Fair enough, and I went to the steam community thread where a developer of the company that provided the wrapper tech responded. I kind of don't blame people for being so upset, that said it says in the fine print that it doesnt work with AMD or Intel cards. No one really reads that and maybe Steam should pop up depending if the hardware they are buying it on doesn't pass the spec.

That said, people should be civil BUT maybe this is all kind of a good case for a sane 1-2 day refund policy or something based on it working like shit on your system(if it passes spec and crashes or something). Anyways, lot's of edge cases but I bet Valve is thinking about it because getting an unfortunate port isn't awesome.

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/23/2014 at 10:32pm

You can't expect civility from the Steam community forums. :)

But damn, I didn't realize they had said it doesn't work with AMD and Intel. That's a big chunk of the market. But even top of the line nvidia cards are underperfoming significantly. That's something I bet they can fix though.

Apparently Wine does just fine with the game, even on AMD. So it's a bit of a surprise they went with a proprietary vendor for their wrapper.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 05/24/2014 at 05:23pm

It was my understanding that SteamOS, as a whole, doesn't support AMD and Intel graphics at the moment.

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/24/2014 at 05:44pm

Well, they released it for Linux as a whole, not just Steam OS.

BUT, there is support for AMD and Intel in Steam OS now. There wasn't initially, and the page for it still says it's "coming soon," but support is now in there as of January.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 05/24/2014 at 06:10pm

Thanks for clarifying :). I see that they've pulled the whole Witcher 2 store page down on Steam. They'll get it sorted. Valve has magic faeries on retainer.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/24/2014 at 11:43pm

Yeah, I guess so many people complained that they pulled it. I hope it gets updated because I bought it before it was pulled smile

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/25/2014 at 03:02am

It will, I'm sure. How does it work with your new video card in Linux? Just curious if your nvidia is one of the ones it has issues with.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/25/2014 at 03:19pm

I haven't tried it yet. I want to wait until they sort out most of the issues first.

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