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SmuggleCraft available with controller support

SmuggleCraft hovercraft racing now has controller support for linux mac windows in steam games

Since SmuggleCraft is a quest-based hovercraft game now on Linux, Mac and Windows PC (as of May 24th). Hence with any racing #games on #Steam one would expect Steam Controller support, right? Well that’s exactly what SmuggleCraft received in a recent update. Hence the randomly generated tracks and branching narrative. All #available now with that Steam Controller support.

So let’s talk about SmuggleCraft itself. Since the games mission is to have players smuggle contraband. While upgrading your hovercraft and running from authorities. So that players can discover the incredible stories of the inhabitants of the Dirahl world. And the games features include randomly generated tracks and fully upgradable hovercrafts.
While there are hundreds of combinations. Those quest-based missions come complete with illegal contraband and high-speed chases. And this also includes stories with alternate endings. All based on the players choice.


  • Randomly generated tracks make every race a new challenge
  • Fully upgradeable hovercraft with hundreds of combinations
  • Quest-based missions, complete with illegal contraband and high-speed chases
  • Branching story with alternate endings that change based on player choice
  • Split screen multiplayer up to 4 players, and online up to 8 players
  • Original Soundtrack by Bravendary merges classical with 80s synth pop

So Happy Badger Studio question what’s typically expected of a racing game here. Hence their quest to make something completely unique.
SmuggleCraft is a racing game that feels great to play. While giving players a greater sense of purpose in-game. All inspired by classic racing games. SmuggleCraft is set on a politically divided world. Which is reminds me of Star Wars, hence the pod races and planets on the outer rip. Where the player must decide who to help in order to get the upgrades they need. Since it could mean doing a favour for someone with questionable intentions.

SmuggleCraft is available now on Steam as well as the official website. Released with Linux, Mac and Windows support.

Steam client update adds controller and improvements

steam client update adds controller and Linux improvements for games

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So two weeks ago Valve released a beta update for its Steam client including Linux. Since this added #Configurator support for Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers for #games, along with #SteamController improvements. So now these features are available to everyone. Since these features are now part of the latest mainstream Steam client update.

Since Valve already added support for PlayStation 4 controllers last month. Hence now we see Xbox 360/One controllers and X-Input have all been added similar to the Steam Controller. So now gamers can connect and using almost any gamepad they want with Steam on Linux or PC. Of course, many games natively suported the Xbox controllers already. Yet this update means that games do not have to mess with JoyToKey or other keyboard-to-X-Input mapping programs. Since all recognized controllers can now tap into “the advanced mapping features of the Steam Controller Configurator.”

Steam Controller

  • Added XBox 360, Xbox One, and Generic X-Input controller configurator support. This allows all recognized controller types to use the advanced mapping features of the Steam Controller Configurator. Note that because X-Input currently lacks per-controller means of unique identification, all controllers of that type will share personalization and configuration settings. As they share the same inputs, Xbox 360/One/Generic controllers will all see each-others configurations when browsing. Automatic conversion will be attempted when loading configurations from other controller types.
  • Unrecognized Generic X-Input gamepad style controllers will be recognized by the Steam Controller Configurator once their buttons have been assigned to match a generic gamepad layout.
  • Recommended configurations specified for a game by the developer will now attempt to assign based on Controller Type.
  • Added option to disable Guide Button issuing a Steam focus change. This is available through the Big Picture controller options menu. This allows better interoperability with other applications which use the Guide Button, such as PSNow.
  • Added Single Button simple button mode for trackpads. This allows a trackpad to be treated as a single giant button.

Steam client Linux

  • Improved interactions between the Steam runtime and host distribution libraries, which should let Steam work out of the box with open-source graphics drivers on modern distributions. If using an older distribution or running into problems, use STEAM_RUNTIME_PREFER_HOST_LIBRARIES=0 to revert to previous behavior.
  • Unify close-to-tray behavior with other platforms. If using a distribution that doesn’t have proper compatible tray support, use STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=0
  • Added idle detection, friend status will now automatically switch to Away/Snooze
  • Fixed Steam not obeying SIGTERM, Steam will now gracefully exit when logging out of a session
  • Fixed keyboard input and cursor switching in overlay for Vulkan applications
  • Update Vulkan loader in the Steam runtime to enable Xlib support
  • Updated libxcb in the runtime with a fix for DRI3-related crashes on open-source graphics drivers

Since Valve added a bunch of other controller updates to the latest Steam client. This includes rumble support for Xbox controllers and recognition of more third-party PS4 gamepads. So this includes some HORI, Madcatz, Armor pads and flight sticks. Al

So with native support for all these controllers. Recommended configurations specified for games will now have the client attempt to assign based on controller type.

Beyond controller support, the new client fixes several issues. Valve also added some love for Linux with over half a dozen updates and bug fixes.

So if you right-click on a game in your library now, there are some menu changes. Say goodbye to “Delete local content” and say hello to “Uninstall.” Another nice addition: the ability to move game install folders from the Properties > Local Files menu.


XCOM 2 update adds support for gamepads and AMD GPU’s

xcom2 update adds support for gamepads and amd gpus

So the good folks over at #FeralInteractive just released an XCOM 2 update. Hence the Steam version of the game for #Linux and Mac has been updated with a couple of #improvements.

XCOM 2 now has gamepad support and access to full camera control. So this lets players freely explore XCOM’s awesome mobile headquarters, the Avenger. For instructions on the camera control function, report to the official website.

While XCOM 2 on Linux now officially supports AMD GPUs using the latest set of Mesa drivers.
For full system requirements, make your way to the minisite. Which will hopefully be updated by the time this post releases. Hence the details below.

XCOM 2 System Requirements:


  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 64-bit / SteamOS
  • Processor: Intel i3-3225 3.3 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Hard Disk: 32GB
  • Graphics: 1GB NVIDIA 650 or better with driver version 352.55 or better.
  • Input: Keyboard & Mouse


  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 64-bit / SteamOS
  • Processor: Intel i7 series
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Disk: 32GB
  • Graphics: 2GB NVIDIA 960 or better with driver version 352.55 or better.
  • Input: Keyboard & Mouse

Consult the changelog on Steam for the full update.

If you haven’t yet faced up to the alien threat, buy XCOM 2 for Linux and Mac on the Feral Store OR on Steam.

Do you use controller for the game? And how do the AMD Mesa drivers perform?


DualShock 4 support is coming to Steam

DualShock 4 support is coming to Steam

Valve’s annual, #developer-focused #conference, #SteamDevDays has brought to light a great deal of Linux support for VR. Now a Valve engineer, Jeff Bellinghausen announced that the company will release an update that adds DualShock 4 support to its Steam Controller configuration options. WHAT!?

Developer Lars Doucet, best known for Defender’s Quest, co-hosted the presentation with Bellinghausen, outlining that the DualShock 4 aka, the PS4 controller as having “a lot of overlapping functionality with the Steam Controller,” coming loaded with a gyro and touchpad. The current support for the DualShock 4 on PC “is a bit weak,” and this new new solution communicates directly with the controller to make integration “smooth”.

“Believe it or not, when you use the PS4 Controller through the Steam API, it’s exactly the same as a Steam Controller,” Doucet said. “You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything.”

The picture above outlines the PlayStation icons, with the button mapped to the ABXY buttons of the Xbox One and Steam Controllers. Which is interesting, but it is not likely that an icon switch will appear in-game unless directly modified by the developer themselves. Marking a rather significant change to the forefront of controller support on Steam. And yes, we are aware many Linux gamers prefer using the DualShock 4.

Steam Controllers still offer a number of customizable options, while many players use various custom configurations that you can download within the client for gaming. Some players prefer other options, such as what they are used to on console.
What’s even more interesting, the price of the stand alone DualShock 4 is about the same as the Steam Controller.

Doucet also stated that DualShock 4 support is coming first due to the functionality overlap, while other controllers are still planned to get the same Steam configuration options.

Why do we get the gnawing suspicion that PS4 integration is coming to Steam for Linux?

How do you feel about the DualShock 4 support coming to Steam? Would you prefer the DualShock 4 over the Steam Controller?


Steam Controller pre-release first impressions

steam controller pre-release first impressions in linux windows games

Steam Controller an official pre-release first impressions in Linux and Windows PC games. Having pre-ordered the Steam Controller. We were able to pick up the device early. Hurray for October 16th, to be exact. Along with a free Steam key for RocketLeague (Windows only for now). And of course, Linux Gaming News wants to give our first impressions.

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