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Good news for SteamOS: Is Linux set to be the #2 gaming platform?

TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member

From a Slashot Article, Gaming On Linux looks at Linux sales of some popular indie games, and ponders whether or not Linux will be the #2 gaming platform any time soon.

 

Doesn't look like Linux is poised to be a gaming behemoth any time soon, but at the same time, nearly every indie developer they talked to was behind supporting Linux.  David Rosen, of Wolfire sums up the best reason to support Linux.  One percent of their sales are for Linux, which is teeny tiny.  On the other hand, the cost of porting their game Overgrowth to Linux was far less than the revenue they've earned from that 1% of sales, so it's profit that they would otherwise not have.  Nice.

 

With SteamOS coming soon, and tomorrows mainstream developers supportive of Linux, I think the future is bright for Linux as at least the #2 gaming platform of choice.

 

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  • NadiaNadia Canonsburg, PAPosts: 11,866Member Common

    i thought OSX was second?

    http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/08/osx-killed-linux/

     

    edit:  nevermind,  i didnt look at Ops link,  who knows?

     

    worth noting that OSX is now free (if you own a mac)

     

  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Houston, TXPosts: 5,348Member

    Things in this space can happen very rapidly.

    1. If hardware manufactures start to work better with Linux devs (which appears to be happening now as in the last few months)

    2. If developers start to feel that Microsoft is not good for long term planning. (Microsoft has done nothing other than give these signals).

     

     

    Correlation does not imply causation

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,187Member Uncommon

    Almost all my games can be played on Linux, either natively, or through WINE. I'm getting to the point where I'm willing to give up the Windows only games to be able to use the OS I want.

    It's not that I hate Windows either. I think Win8 is the best they've done so far, but I like Debian and it's children (Ubuntu, Mint, and a couple others). I like having the power there and setting up a dev environment on it is a dream compared to Windows.

  • SirPKsAlotSirPKsAlot bagong silangPosts: 224Member

    Q: How do I install SteamOS?

    A: The easiest method is an image-based install using CloneZilla. You will need to create a SteamOS System Restore USB stick to perform this install. The image provided here requires at least a 1TB disk.

     

    umm...what? 1TB?

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  • PyatraPyatra Kansas City, KSPosts: 644Member
    Originally posted by SirPKsAlot

    Q: How do I install SteamOS?

    A: The easiest method is an image-based install using CloneZilla. You will need to create a SteamOS System Restore USB stick to perform this install. The image provided here requires at least a 1TB disk.

     

    umm...what? 1TB?

    It's a set partition size, they don't need it, but it's the only image they got... if they used a 500Gb HD it would require 5Gb, its mostly empty space to put the games. Also... poor poor Apple, after all that "Innovation" Steve Jobs did in the last 5-8 years... pffft *snicker*

  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Houston, TXPosts: 5,348Member

    Guys...

     

    Linux is not the issue.

    Hardware manufacturers in bed with Microsoft is the issue.

     

    and as it turns out those old realtionships are currently changing.

     

    Correlation does not imply causation

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,772Member Uncommon

    What counts as a gaming platform?  PS4?  Xbox One?  Xbox 360?  Consoles in general all grouped together?  iOS?  Android?  Specific versions of Android treated as separate platforms?  Specific distributions of Linux?  All variants of Linux including Android grouped together?

    Because I'm sure that there is some way to group things such that Linux already is the #2 gaming platform.

  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Houston, TXPosts: 5,348Member
    Originally posted by Quizzical

    What counts as a gaming platform?  PS4?  Xbox One?  Xbox 360?  Consoles in general all grouped together?  iOS?  Android?  Specific versions of Android treated as separate platforms?  Specific distributions of Linux?  All variants of Linux including Android grouped together?

    Because I'm sure that there is some way to group things such that Linux already is the #2 gaming platform.

    I would say any OS that is build from the core Linux OS is in the Linux family given that Forking is very common and basically encouraged to begin with.

     

    Correlation does not imply causation

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,187Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Quizzical

    What counts as a gaming platform?  PS4?  Xbox One?  Xbox 360?  Consoles in general all grouped together?  iOS?  Android?  Specific versions of Android treated as separate platforms?  Specific distributions of Linux?  All variants of Linux including Android grouped together?

    Because I'm sure that there is some way to group things such that Linux already is the #2 gaming platform.

    Good point. I think context probably dictates the answer. When we're talking about PC gaming then I think we're talking about desktop Linux. SteamOS as a replacement for Windows (which it isn't, but many are looking for that light at the end of the tunnel) would mean desktop Linux. SteamOS as a direct console competitor opens it up wider to include more than just desktop Linux.

  • KatinkoKatinko san jose, NMPosts: 8Member
    I think it's going to be great for devs to escape the stranglehold that MS has on certain elements of gaming (DirectX, etc)
  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member
    Originally posted by Quizzical

    What counts as a gaming platform?  PS4?  Xbox One?  Xbox 360?  Consoles in general all grouped together?  iOS?  Android?  Specific versions of Android treated as separate platforms?  Specific distributions of Linux?  All variants of Linux including Android grouped together?

    Because I'm sure that there is some way to group things such that Linux already is the #2 gaming platform.

     

    In this particular case "Linux" refers to PC desktop operating systems using the Linux kernel.  In short, any game that would be sold on Steam as a "Linux" game.

     

    I can not remember winning or losing a single debate on the internet.

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