Half-Life 2, Valve’s claim to fame and often regarded as one of the best games ever made, has now been ported to Linux, and is available from the OS’ version of Steam.

Half-Life 2 was released in 2004, and since then, it and its episodic expansions have been released on the PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Mac OSX. Finally, it has now also been ported to Linux, perhaps the last platform to see the game before we finally, hopefully, hear word of Half-Life 3.

Remember good old 2004?

 

The launch comes in close proximity to the recent Oculus Rift support which was enabled for HL2’s PC version, and if you own that version of the game (or any other), the Linux edition will show up in your library for free download. Be aware that it’s still a beta release, as is the case with many other titles on Steam for Linux.

Curiously, Valve’s Steambox will be powered by the Linux version of Steam, so it’s likely that the release of HL2 is in some way being used primarily to test the platform or scale up the games library before the box is released. As expected though, Valve has made no comment regarding this.