A Valve designer has revealed that at the very least one developer related to the corporate is engaged on spinning up HDR for Linux gaming.

Joshua Ashton, who works on key bits of tech like DXVK and VKD3D-Proton, has apparently gotten HDR correctly going. The event was famous by Steam Deck developer Pierre-Loup Griffais through Twitter, where he confirmed off each Halo Infinite and Deep Rock Galactic.

I discover it particularly very spicy to play Microsoft’s flagship collection on a Linux machine. There’s one thing deliciously heretical about that.

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For avid Steam Deck watchers wanting to learn the tea leaves on new {hardware} developments at valve, this milestone appears vital. This announcement might lend some hope to the concept the following Steam Deck will ship with a powerfully brilliant OLED display screen helps HDR.

At this level that is purely wishful considering—and an OLED Deck would not have to assist HDR, in fact—however at the very least the likelihood exists. And if builders do get HDR working easily on Linux, it looks like a characteristic Valve could be smitten by supporting on a future Deck.

Valve hinted simply final month that it’d need a revised Steam Deck to have higher battery life and a greater display screen. (Not {that a} display screen pushing out HDR-level brightness would do something however make the battery life worse.) Both method, it is a cool growth.

Joshua Ashton, the developer behind the HDR on Linux, is without doubt one of the many unbiased contractors doing open source growth for Valve, a lot of which feeds again into the open source ecosystem and goes on to assist the larger Linux atmosphere. Ashton posted a tweet exhibiting off a heatmap that displayed the distinction in brightness HDR makes.

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I’m an HDR-liker, myself, and the achieve in graphics depth and constancy is an thrilling prospect in case your gaming rig is working on Linux. Is perhaps price watching the final era of OLED screens go on sale following CES 2023 this coming weekend.

Both method, it is nice to see Valve is not sitting on its laurels, as an alternative growing the software program underlying its {hardware} division’s large success. The Steam Deck was, in spite of everything, simply essentially the most modern piece of {hardware} we noticed final 12 months.