Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 16:48 UTC, submitted by aargh
Games From Valve's Linux blog: "That the Linux version runs faster than the Windows version (270.6) seems a little counter-intuitive, given the greater amount of time we have spent on the Windows version. However, it does speak to the underlying efficiency of the kernel and OpenGL." If it wasn't obvious before, it should be now: Valve has started its marketing campaign for Linux. With the Windows platform in the process of closing itself off, Valve has to look to greener pastures. This is all to motive third parties to get their stuff ready for a possible Linux-powered 'Steambox' - not a console, but a set of generic PC specifications. Remember: the Xbox is the only machine tied to DirectX - OpenGL runs everywhere else, including Windows (the PS3 is an oddball, and has a sort-of Sony-specific FrankenOpenGL). OpenGL simply makes more sense for developers, and now Valve is working very closely with Nvidia, AMD, and Intel to optimise their Linux drivers. Do the math, people.
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RE: Not too fast
by darkcoder on Fri 3rd Aug 2012 00:55 UTC in reply to "Not too fast"
darkcoder
Member since:
2006-07-14

The only problem DirectX has is that it is only for Windows. One of the things that make Blizzard WoW so popular is that it had a native Mac OS OpenGL version from day 1. So from those 10-12 million subscribers probably at least a million or maybe even two are Mac users.

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RE[2]: Not too fast
by Wafflez on Fri 3rd Aug 2012 18:38 in reply to "RE: Not too fast"
Wafflez Member since:
2011-06-26

Citation needed. Never met a person playing on Mac on my High populated server...

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RE[3]: Not too fast
by holastickboy on Sun 5th Aug 2012 20:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Not too fast"
holastickboy Member since:
2012-08-05

Wafflez posted: "Citation needed. Never met a person playing on Mac on my High populated server..."

I have an iMac 27" with radeon 5750 1GB as an offspec computer in the bedroom (mainly used for watching movies, light gaming, and for wife use) and it plays wow at 2560x1440 on max settings with smooth frame rates. I have it vsynced at 60 to prevent the tearing you get when rendering faster than the screen refresh rates. Server is Earthen Ring US as horde (high population server).

It can be done!

Disclaimer: The iMac is not my main computer of use, I run a custom made pc.

Edited 2012-08-05 20:36 UTC

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