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Could steam gaming on linux be the death of windows?

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:05 am
by Chiefahol
Gave steam a try yesterday on my mint machine..

I can get like 40% of my games on Linux! That is awesome. :mrgreen: Love that i can get Cities Skylines, Kerbal Space Program, and CS.

Shame a lot of the big-budget direct-x games aren't available though. Some fallout or sins would be nice..

Could the introduction of steam games to linux be enough to shrink windows user base?

Re: Could steam gaming on linux be the death of windows?

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:06 am
by Fred Barclay
Shrink Window's user base? Yes---but probably not by a large amount. Be the death of Windows? Absolutely not. Windows is more than a gaming OS. Most of the world's computer users run Windows, and people are incredibly resistant to change. I'd be surprised if any one thing contributed to a permanent drop in the user base of Windows.

Re: Could steam gaming on linux be the death of windows?

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:19 am
by BigEasy
Rather Adobe flash can be the death of Steam gaming on Linux. It's joke :mrgreen:

Re: Could steam gaming on linux be the death of windows?

Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:45 am
by jimallyn
Fred Barclay wrote:Most of the world's computer users run Windows
Depends upon your definition of "computer." If you include smart phones, television sets, and so on, I believe the largest share of the world's computer run Linux. Or so I have read, somewhere.

Re: Could steam gaming on linux be the death of windows?

Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:42 am
by Fred Barclay
jimallyn wrote:
Fred Barclay wrote:Most of the world's computer users run Windows
Depends upon your definition of "computer." If you include smart phones, television sets, and so on, I believe the largest share of the world's computer run Linux. Or so I have read, somewhere.
You're absolutely right. Also, most servers (and therefore, most of the Internet) run either Linux or Unix.
I mean (but didn't say) most home computers. Thanks for pointing this out. :)

Re: Could steam gaming on linux be the death of windows?

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:15 am
by Chiefahol
Fred Barclay wrote:
jimallyn wrote:
Fred Barclay wrote:Most of the world's computer users run Windows
Depends upon your definition of "computer." If you include smart phones, television sets, and so on, I believe the largest share of the world's computer run Linux. Or so I have read, somewhere.
You're absolutely right. Also, most servers (and therefore, most of the Internet) run either Linux or Unix.
I mean (but didn't say) most home computers. Thanks for pointing this out. :)
Also web servers, you want a small VM to host your website that uses <= 1GB of ram? Choose linux.

Re: Could steam gaming on linux be the death of windows?

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:36 am
by Edward M. Grant
Fred Barclay wrote:I mean (but didn't say) most home computers. Thanks for pointing this out. :)
Most of them run Windows 7, Vista or XP. It's a much smaller jump from those operating systems to Linux MATE than to Windows 8's tablet GUI.

Re: Could steam gaming on linux be the death of windows?

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:10 am
by Morgan Krieg
Edward M. Grant wrote:
Fred Barclay wrote:I mean (but didn't say) most home computers. Thanks for pointing this out. :)
Most of them run Windows 7, Vista or XP. It's a much smaller jump from those operating systems to Linux MATE than to Windows 8's tablet GUI.
Exactly. It's not that change has to mean moving to Linux. Change may also mean Microsoft implementing new obnoxious features.

Re: Could steam gaming on linux be the death of windows?

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:18 pm
by z31fanatic
Back to regular programming.
No chance of Windows going away even with Steam having all games available in Linux. People that play games on their PCs is a small percentage of total PC users. I would say 5% or less.
Sure it may shift some gamers to Linux but as crazy as it may sound to you, a lot of people like and don't mind Windows.

Re: Could steam gaming on linux be the death of windows?

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:51 pm
by DrHu
I guess mot people have bought into console gaming, such as Xbox or Sony or even smart TV media centers
--so that a gaming platform (PC based) has become less relevant, even though games are still offered on both console and PC platforms

PCs' being the best platform for gaming, since it can both be PC and game machine (when needed)
--consoles don't compete as well with PCs' for applications, even should some be available (Android et all)

Streaming services..
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/homestream
http://store.steampowered.com/streaming/
http://onlive.com/
--Sony purchased
  • And so on..