Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Sep 2013 21:44 UTC

Gabe Newell, the co-founder and managing director of Valve, said today that Linux is the future of gaming despite the minuscule share of the market it has today.

That seems hard to believe, given that Newell acknowledged Linux gaming generally accounts for less than one percent of the market by any measure including players, player minutes, and revenue. But Valve is going to do its best to make sure Linux becomes the future of gaming by extending its Steam distribution platform to hardware designed for living rooms.

"Half-Life 3 - SteamBox/Linux exclusive". There, chicken and egg problem solved.

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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by allanregistos on Thu 19th Sep 2013 00:40 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
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So linux is going to dominate gaming now huh? Surely you'll understand that I won't be holding my breath waiting for that day to come. I know a lot of linux devs and I bet every one of them could write a different essay on why it's not going to happen.

What I'd understand from Gabe's standpoint is:
Steambox. The Linux Steam client is their first attempt to make it happen, and they will market Steambox as a better alternative to locked-down console gaming. For Steambox is a generic P.C., powered by Linux, so it makes sense for him to claim that Linux is the future for them and the rest of the gaming community, since it provides them the openness to develop w/o the walled-garden approach of Win/OSX. Game developers will only need to target a Linux-based generic computer for their binaries, instead of having to target different architectures: X86, Arm, Console etc.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Thu 19th Sep 2013 04:49 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Windows already has a user base that numbers in the hundreds of millions. Most games that appear on Windows & consoles are cross-compiled and don't need significant reworking of any kind. And let's not forget that gamers care about one thing only -- games. Sales don't lie, people want GTA, Halo, Forza, CoD, Gran Turismo, etc etc.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of Steambox, if anything, but it will take a lot more than the possibility of Half-Life 3 to be more than a speck in the presence of giants.

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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by res0r9lm on Fri 20th Sep 2013 04:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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I would buy a linux console especially if it was easy to upgrade hardware before xbox1 or PS4. I don't know why people think that linux users are cheapskates when so many users just get pirated copies windows. I've been running linux since windows millennium because its a better OS.

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