Nvidia pushes Linux to the limit

Nvidia has released its latest Nvidia GeForce drivers which it claims has double the performance and dramatically reduce game loading times for those playing games with Linux.

The move is part of Nvidia’s attempts to get in with Valve and other game developers who have seen a need for Linux based games, particularly on the Steam platform.

According to Nvidia, the GeForce R310 drivers are designed to give GeForce customers the best possible Linux-based PC gaming experience.

The drivers are available for download at www.geforce.com and have been tested with Steam for Linux, the extension of Valve’s phenomenally popular Steam gaming platform that officially opened to gamers starting today.

Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve said that Nvidia has managed to increase the overall gaming performance under Linux.

This has put Nvidia in a position of leadership developing R310 drivers with us and other studios to provide an absolutely unequalled software for Linux gamers.

The R310 drivers support the newest GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs. Gamers with previous generation GeForce GPUs, including the 8800 GT and above, are encouraged to download these new drivers too.

It appears that Nvidia is carving a niche for its self as Steam starts to peddle more Linux games.