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11 months ago#11
Nah. Even if a miracle happened and Linux got support for every single future game, there's still too many old games that wouldn't work.

Valve has the resources to make Steam OS a good gaming OS, but it'll still take a damn long time
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11 months ago#12
Just you wait until Windows comes with its own embedded DRM, ousting Steam. People will then migrate to linux to protect whatever value they think their Steam libraries have.
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11 months ago#13
It's already a thing. It's just an even smaller thing than OSX gaming.
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11 months ago#14
It's already a thing. Already has 600 titles on steam and GoG is adding Linux support soon. Most of those games are indie though. I'm lucky that most of my favorite games are on Linux (Civ 5, TF2, Mount and Blade, etc), so I can use Linux without too much trouble.

Will it get close to windows though? Windows (and DOS) has 20 years of gaming history, so probably not, but you never know. It has been getting more support lately thanks to Valve.
11 months ago#15
It's a chicken and egg thing.

AAAs could very well port to Linux, but there's not enough of a user base. Not many gamers use Linux because there aren't many games (although it is getting better; more indie games are porting to Linux.)

Until Steam gets more AAAs, there won't be the critical mass of gamers... but there won't be AAAs until there are enough buyers to justify the cost of the port. The Steambox might help with this... or it could flop. Hard to say.

Never. Anything Steam Machines can do, a Windows-based gaming PC can do better. Why would anyone deliberately restrict themselves to a bunch of indie games?


When Valve ported their Source engine to Linux, they got much higher frame rates than they did under Windows. Also, Linux is free and a lot more flexible than Windows in terms of UI customization. If people developed games for it, it would probably be the superior OS of the two in terms of performance.
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11 months ago#16
Dawnshadow posted...
It's a chicken and egg thing.

AAAs could very well port to Linux, but there's not enough of a user base. Not many gamers use Linux because there aren't many games (although it is getting better; more indie games are porting to Linux.)

Until Steam gets more AAAs, there won't be the critical mass of gamers... but there won't be AAAs until there are enough buyers to justify the cost of the port. The Steambox might help with this... or it could flop. Hard to say.


Ironically AAA devs have been helping linux adoption, because AAA games are garbage and few of us care anymore. The good games are going to Linux.
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11 months ago#17
SinisterSlay posted...
Dawnshadow posted...
It's a chicken and egg thing.

AAAs could very well port to Linux, but there's not enough of a user base. Not many gamers use Linux because there aren't many games (although it is getting better; more indie games are porting to Linux.)

Until Steam gets more AAAs, there won't be the critical mass of gamers... but there won't be AAAs until there are enough buyers to justify the cost of the port. The Steambox might help with this... or it could flop. Hard to say.


Ironically AAA devs have been helping linux adoption, because AAA games are garbage and few of us care anymore. The good games are going to Linux.


That's true, but AAAs are what sell systems, even if the indies can make more original games these days-- they have marketing and hype because of their budgets. Practically no one buys a PC just to play Terraria or FTL, but how many Wii Us will the next Smash Brothers game sell?
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11 months ago#18
godplaysSNES posted...
Nah. Even if a miracle happened and Linux got support for every single future game, there's still too many old games that wouldn't work.

Valve has the resources to make Steam OS a good gaming OS, but it'll still take a damn long time


GoG.com is going to support Linux this autumn, and there will be over 100 old PC games that will work without any trouble on Linux OS's.

I've been using Manjaro Linux exclusively for over a year, and have been gaming pretty well on it. Linux is very much a viable gaming platform.
11 months ago#19
Dawnshadow posted...
SinisterSlay posted...
Dawnshadow posted...
It's a chicken and egg thing.

AAAs could very well port to Linux, but there's not enough of a user base. Not many gamers use Linux because there aren't many games (although it is getting better; more indie games are porting to Linux.)

Until Steam gets more AAAs, there won't be the critical mass of gamers... but there won't be AAAs until there are enough buyers to justify the cost of the port. The Steambox might help with this... or it could flop. Hard to say.


Ironically AAA devs have been helping linux adoption, because AAA games are garbage and few of us care anymore. The good games are going to Linux.


That's true, but AAAs are what sell systems, even if the indies can make more original games these days-- they have marketing and hype because of their budgets. Practically no one buys a PC just to play Terraria or FTL, but how many Wii Us will the next Smash Brothers game sell?


AAA's selling systems is only valid on consoles. The concept doesn't work for PC.
My parents didn't buy a PC because Civilization 5 was released, they bought it to browse the internet and create emails and word documents and do other productivity things.
And I didn't build a PC because Civ5 was exclusive, that's just a nice bonus.
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11 months ago#20
AlexKidd5000 posted...
Linux is very much a viable gaming platform.


Until you want to play a game that doesn't work via WINE. Then... not so much.
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