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Do you think SteamOS is good or bad for the future of PC gaming?

#1EGMRULZPosted 11/7/2013 8:54:35 PM
Thoughts?

A friend of mine keeps insisting that it will do nothing more than polarize PC gaming due to the distinct operating systems and that this will greatly effect which games are and aren't released (as in, "SteamOS supported games" on one hand and "non-SteamOS games" on the other like Windows, Mac, etc). He's a pretty smart guy but I don't know if this makes sense to me. I'm pretty sure Valve wants to make it easy for developers to easily port their games onto other OS.
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#2KingDFizzlePosted 11/7/2013 8:56:43 PM
More competition is always better.
#3RequiemPosted 11/7/2013 8:57:01 PM
Neither.
It won't make much of a lasting impact.
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#4LoshadtPosted 11/7/2013 8:58:44 PM
KingDFizzle posted...
More competition is always better.


Exactly. Maybe Microsoft will pull their heads from their ass, or if they don't we might have a viable alternative to Windows.

Only time will tell.
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#5TimePharaohPosted 11/7/2013 9:01:29 PM
EGMRULZ posted...
as in, "SteamOS supported games" on one hand and "non-SteamOS games" on the other like Windows, Mac, etc


And what exactly is the "etc"? You mean Linux? Like what "SteamOS" is?

Derp
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#6The cranky hermitPosted 11/7/2013 9:10:26 PM(edited)
More competition isn't necessarily better. PC gaming is much stronger for not being a fractured experience where your primary box is incapable of playing anything but a fraction of the games from one particular era.

Imagine the insanity that would have occurred if three companies produced mutually incompatible DVD players, and lots of studios released movies only for one of them as an "exclusive." This is how I see consoles. Competing standards could lead to this situation for PC gaming as well.

And even if Valve could convince every developer to port their games to SteamOS from now on forever, this doesn't change the fact that there are THOUSANDS of worthy games already in existence which are meant for Windows, and will never run natively on anything else. By selecting a SteamBox as your main system, you are locking yourself out of these games, or at least ensuring you can't experience them at their best.
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#7TimePharaohPosted 11/7/2013 9:08:53 PM
The cranky hermit posted...
Imagine the insanity that would have occurred if three companies produced mutually incompatible DVD players


They've done this with literally every set of hardware....
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#8The cranky hermitPosted 11/7/2013 9:12:05 PM
What do you mean? Every DVD I've ever watched will work fine in every DVD player that was ever manufactured. Films by Sony work fine in a non-Sony DVD player. Video games by Sony do NOT work fine in a non-Sony console.
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#9kelemvorPosted 11/7/2013 9:15:38 PM
Surely Windows will go the way of DOS and OS/2 at *some* point in the future.
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#10EGMRULZ(Topic Creator)Posted 11/7/2013 9:16:40 PM
TimePharaoh posted...
EGMRULZ posted...
as in, "SteamOS supported games" on one hand and "non-SteamOS games" on the other like Windows, Mac, etc


And what exactly is the "etc"? You mean Linux? Like what "SteamOS" is?

Derp


Well not exactly. The "etc" meant other stuff nobody cares about (LOL) like ipad, android, etc.
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