Released: Half-Life 2 Beta Debuts on Steam for Linux

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Valve has been pushing Linux further by bringing more of their native titles to the platform. The latest and probably one the more anticipated titles has finally made its Linux debut to a long-awaited fan base.

Available now on Steam are both the games and expansion packs for Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and Half-Life 2: Lost Coast. All of these games are coming to you through the Steam Beta Pipe, prior to their full release.

Last week the first Portal games also became playable, but gamers have been reporting varying degrees of success playing it. A lot depends on the hardware inside your PC (Intel GPUs cause problems), with screen tearing being one of the more common issues.

Personally, I have been waiting for Half-Life 2 to make it’s ways to Linux since the early Steam Beta. So launching my Steam for Linux client had me smiling from ear to ear with the new additions.

Amd, not to be entirely overzealous here, but I am also looking forward to Counter-Stike: Global Offensive making its Linux debut. We know it is on the way.

Half-Life 2 is available through Steam, either stand alone for $9.99 (USD) or the Orange Box for $19.99 (USD).

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