We have reported in the past on Valve’s plans for releasing the Steam client for the Linux platform. Keeping true to that promise, the company has released the first beta that can be installed on systems running Ubuntu 12.04 and above.
To start off, you will be able to play Valve’s highly popular, online multiplayer, free-to-play game Team Fortress 2. If that’s not enough, there are a whole bunch of other games as well, including Amnesia: The Dark Descent, World of Goo, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Serious Sam 3: BFE and many more.
The client is fully featured and also includes the recently released Big Picture mode that is designed for use with a TV and controller.
Valve is currently working on bringing the platform to other Linux distros and bring more games to the service.
In other news, if you have an NVIDIA GPU in your PC, you should also be glad to know that NVIDIA has released a new GeForce R310 drivers for Linux, which promise up to double the performance over the previous drivers.