Afternoon Reading: Game Developers Sound Off On SteamOS

Valve wants Linux to play a major role in the future of PC gaming, but how do developers feel about the publisher’s plans?

Gamasutra reached out to a few developers for their thoughts on the Linux push, and the feedback was pretty positive overall.

Said Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester to Gamasutra:

“I think it offers a whole range of new opportunities and a much needed independent competitor to the big console and gaming platform makers…In the end I think the gamers will be the winners, because ultimately, the hardware best suited for the gamer is the one that will have most success.”

Competition is good, and it breeds better platforms, tools, and ultimately, games. While no one quoted in the article takes issue with Linux as a gaming OS — excluding an old quote from John Carmack, who might change his tune now that Valve has tipped its hand — there are some short-term hurdles that need to be cleared. Some popular game development toolsets, like the Wwise sound engine, do not have Linux support yet. In the case of Sauropod Studio and Castle Story, all the game audio has to be ported from Wwise to Fmod, which is a lot of work to do on an already-released title.

While tools like Wwise need to play catch-up, other vendors like Unity have already pushed out Lunix support. Furthermore, you have vendors like AMD and Nvidia promising more robust Linux software support in the future, so it’s only a matter of time before all the major players hop on the Tux Train.

Make sure you check the entire Gamasutra article, as it lays out the benefits and pitfalls of taking a game to an open source platform, and leave your two cents in the comments.

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3 Comments on Afternoon Reading: Game Developers Sound Off On SteamOS

max

On September 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm

“the hardware best suited for the gamer is the one that will have most success.” Such a huge lie, u mean the easiest for noobs hardware will win , thats why too many xbox360 n ps3 r selling, and the users really think they are the best gaming machine for what ever reasons they say,: ex “controller is better for em” since when can u plug a controller on a PC idiot ? another proof those consoles users are dumb, and then they say i like to play on my big TV, and since when can t a PC play on a big TV ? with even better graphics. They should Stop to push out crapy old consoles for 10 years, and start selling only PCs. its as if PC would start to sell a pc that last 10 years , after 10 years it would be so Out dated. like those crapy consoles comming out with 5 years old technology that gonna last 10… years, we end up 10 years later with a 15 years old ty technology.

kyle

On September 28, 2013 at 8:12 am

Wow max what does it matter to you if people play on consoles. Maybe people don’t know how or don’t wantto upgrade a pc eevery couple years. A console is a dedicated machine for playing games and you can buy it just as is and play. Mate people like that. I knownits probably hard to believe. Geez play on your pc and stop complaining how other people play games.

psycros

On September 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I just wanna know about this Lunix OS.