Author: Jacob Bates

Steam Play – Valve’s name for its cross-platform initiative – is getting a major update, with built-in tools allowing you to run Windows games on Linux. We saw the first hints of the feature last week, and today Valve has confirmed it. It’s available right now in beta, so if you want to test the compatibility features on your own Linux install you don’t have to wait.

A frustration with Linux based Operating Systems for gamers is often the lack of compatibility for Windows-only titles. Valve’s latest venture hopes to ease that pain, announcing Proton – a modified version of the popular open-source Windows-on-Linux compatibility software, Wine – now integrated with Steam Play.

Currently in beta, only a handful of newly compatible Steam games are available to try out on Linux. There’s no plans for Mac support announced at this stage. You can opt-in to the beta via your Steam settings now, a nice excuse to download Ubuntu and fire up Star Wars Battlefront II (2005).

If all goes well with the beta, we could see a much larger range of formerly Windows-only games available via Steam Play on Linux in the future.

Source: Valve’s “Steam Play” uses Vulkan to bring more Windows games to Linux | Ars Technica

Google has announced that the final, shipping version of the newest Android update is available for all Pixel phones today. And, as usual, it has announced a name to go along with the over-the-air update: “Android 9 Pie.”

Pixel owners rejoice, Android P is on its way in an over-the-air update to you today. With the release of the new OS also comes an end to speculation over which name will be chosen to follow Android Oreo. Wave goodbye to Popsicle, Pop-Tart or Peppermint – tonight you’re getting Pie for dessert.

Android 9 Pie ships with a variety of previously announced features baked in, such as access to Google’s Digital Wellbeing beta. Digital wellness is the latest buzz phrase in tech with other big names like Apple and Facebook recently announcing similar features. The idea is to help users limit the time spent mindlessly scrolling the same app, vacant expression on their face and string of drool clinging to their lip. It’s unbecoming and skewing the value of screen time stats.

Source: Android 9 Pie is available for Google Pixel phones today – The Verge