Open gaming roundup for August 16 - 21, 2015

OSVR, Intel, and Xilinx! 1400 Linux ready games, and more open gaming news

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Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at OSVR partnering with Intel and selecting Xilinx to enable its headset, 1400 Linux ready games, and more!

Open gaming roundup for August 16 - 21, 2015

OSVR selects Xilinx to enable headset

The Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) consortium has selected Xilinx to enable its first virtual reality headset and OSVR Hacker Development Kit. Xilinx will provide critical technology to OSVR's Hacker Development Kit in the form of shorter production times and a "variety of interface standards including HDMI, Display Port and USB."

Lau Lee Yang from Razer, senior director for OSVR business development, says "Xilinx FPGAs and All Programmable SoCs provide customization options to make the Hacker Development Kit versatile and easy to reprogram. This allows developers to make tweaks for added functionality like multiple sensors and algorithms for computer vision processing."

Razer adds Intel's RealSense to OSVR

At the Intel Developer Forum, Intel and Razer announced a partnership. Intel will join the OSVR project, to work on a RealSense camera for desktop use. Gareth Halfacree writes for bit-rech.net, that "the two companies have announced a plan to release a Razer-branded RealSense camera system for desktop users, with a particular focus on virtual reality and gaming use."

1400 Linux ready games on Steam

On gameranx.com, Ryan Parreno writes about current numbers of Linux ready games on Steam. Just a month ago, this number was at 1300, and early this week it passed the milestone of 1400 games. This is also two months before the launch of Steam Machines. Recent additions have been game titles such as Shadow of Mordor, DiRT Showdown, Terraria, and Don't Be Patchman.

Pick of the week: Relic Hunters Zero

My favorite gaming news this week is an announcment on Relic Hunters Zero, an open source shooter, which launches on Steam, for free!. It is not so much about the game itself, rather about the way it became successful and was able to launch on Steam.

This project garnered 1,500 community members on its first day, and since then, it has added 3,000 players, modders, and creators. Relic Hunter Zero's designer Mark Venturelli was surprised by this result, and about the process, he has said "it’s hard to even imagine developing another game without this open collaborative process."

New games out for Linux

Crookz: The Big Heist

Crookz: The Big Heist has become available on Steam for Linux. You can pre-order the game before its launch on August 25. Steam also adds a 15% off pre-purchase offer, which includes two bonus DLC items.

Crookz - The Big Heist is a tactical strategy game set in the funky 1970’s with a slick and groovy atmosphere. Show off the art of thieving by plotting stylish heists and robberies; utilizing espionage and quick-thinking to avoid detection.

Company of Heroes 2

Feral Interactive announced the release of Company of Heroes 2 on Steam for Linux on August 27. As Linux Gaming News writes in their coverage, the game has received praise "for its exciting tactical gameplay."

In the world’s darkest hour you are a commander of the Soviet Red Army, entrenched in brutal frontline warfare to free Mother Russia from the Enemy invaders.

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