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Crytek Adding Linux Support For CryEngine

Crytek Adding Linux Support For CryEngine

Linux users have long championed their platform of choice as a viable option for gaming, and with solutions like WINE having been around for quite some time, playing games on a Linux box is certainly nothing new. However, there's been a recent push to promote the open source platform as a gaming powerhouse, especially by Valve with its Steam OS and Steam Machines initiative. On top of that, now we've learned that Crytek will offer native Linux support for its CryEngine game engine.

"During presentations and hands-on demos at Crytek's GDC booth, attendees can see for the first time ever full native Linux support in the new CryEngine," Crytek announced in a blog post. "The CryEngine all-in-one game engine is also updated with the innovative features used to recreate the stunning Roman Empire seen in Ryse – including the brand new Physically Based Shading render pipeline, which uses real-world physics simulation to create amazingly realistic lighting and materials in CryEngine games."

CryEngine Screen

Be careful not to assume that existing Crysis titles will be reworked to run natively on Linux. This is a brand new engine Crytek is talking about, and rather than look backwards at CryEngine 3, this is a play for the future,

What's also interesting about this announcement is that it could lead to other developers pledging native support for Linux, which has been gaining momentum lately. Obviously Valve is on board with the Linux movement, but DICE has also shown interest.

"We strongly want to get into Linux for a reason," Lars Gustavsson, the Creative Director of DICE, said last year. Gustavsson also said he believes Linux is just one "killer" game away from bowling its way into the mainstream market.
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This is major, and I hope it's just the beginning of what's to come.

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I agree,.....This is good news for Linux Players. I wonder if the Linux platform will work better once it's optimized?

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Who uses Linux ?? Lulz

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With steamOs and valve supporting linux, and stuff like this happening...This opens the door for people to start using it instead of being stuck with windows as your only option for gaming. It's good for the long run.

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Okay so exactly 1/100th of a percent of PC Gamers ever attempt to use Linux. And of that sub section of gamers, only 1/10 use it more than once before uninstalling never to use it again. LOL again, I ask who in the hell uses Linux ? And good for Gamers in the long run ? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

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The reason gamers don't use linux is because of the lack of support for gaming. I've been following the steam machine and this is a step in the right direction. It will be a good idea if it can overcome the boundaries like these. I will admit, it's probably not an easy job but I am rooting for it.

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exactly, its like Mac.. there is very little support from the game devs for Mac or Linux. The reason behind this? The user base. Compare the numbers.  Im going to guess its 50 to 1 for win vs linux - for gamers, and prob 300 to 1 win vs mac.  

As long as the vast majority of gamers use windows, then thats what will be supported the most. This announcement is a big step. Same with the Unreal Engine 4 running in FF. Step like that will allow more people to use Linux as a good windows alternative.

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Many people use Linux. Some like an open-source OS. Others hate Microsoft and are happy for the alternative. All sorts of people use linux. From IT professionals to artists and content creators. The only reason gamers haven't really embraced Linux lately because most games use DirectX API and emulation for linux is undersupported. Until recently, custom APIs or direct emulation(WINE) were all that were available. That is changing. Once better ubiquity in hardware support and driver stability become more readily available, you'll start seeing migration away from Windows. There will always be Windows users, though. People who can't or won't learn a new OS. Those who are Microsoft fans. My question to you is why are you so negative about Linux?

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Garry as always is super informed and very intelligent. However, please do not confuse my non interest with negativity. My only point was that Linux seems to always fail to get any steam. We need it to really take off, and in order to do that we need some mainstreamness (yes, I know), and it just seems like that will never happen with Linux. I wish it would take off. However, my other point is that it is far, far, FAR easier to just pirate whatever OS you need.

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"My only point was that Linux seems to always fail to get any steam"

Pun intended?

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Can't argue that.

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Who uses Linux? You do, as most people.

The fastest supercomputers run Linux. Your search on google is on Linux, your weather forecast was made with Linux. Most websites are also on Linux.

Linux is also widely used in embedded system, to see this message, you went through a router using Linux. Many electronics around you use Linux without you realizing it.

Android is Linux, over 70% of the smart phone. Even iOS from Apple is a close cousin to Linux being a Unix flavor.

Why is Linux the most prominent OS used for the above? The answer: Performance, Reliability and Customizability. Linux is the undisputed king in that area. It didn't make a dent in the desktop because performance at that level of precision is not required.

For games, performance and reliability is important. Until recently 3d card makers such a Nvidia didn't support Linux so performance was not possible, but thanks to Valve this has all changed and companies like Nvidia are now investing in and supporting Linux.

In 3 years, windows might still be the main OS for desktop, but Linux will be the OS for games because noone will be able to deliver similar performances now that 3d hardware is fully optimized.

Who uses Linux? Everyone who is connected, even you. Who uses an another operating system? Less than those who use Linux.

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