Alienware exec believes Steam Machines will give Linux gaming a 30 fold boost

A product manager for Alienware has expressed optimism for the overall gaming scenario on the Linux ecosystem post-launch of Steam Machines in the next year.

During the E3 2014 gaming conference last week, Alienware's Marc Diana said that more developers are using OpenGL and creating games with Linux in mind than before, with the impending launch of Steam Machines.

Diana expects 700-plus titles to be launched alongside Steam Machines which will be running the Linux-based SteamOS. OpenGL based games are generally easier to port to other platforms with minimum effort, which is a factor that would be beneficial for Linux gamers. Diana also expressed that, with the availability of a wide variety of games and sales of Steam Machines, Linux gaming would increase 30 fold, "overnight". Though it's worth mentioning that, currently, Linux-powered machines only account for 1% of Steam users.

Steam Machines which were expected to be launched by as many as 14 manufacturers during this year, are currently being tested and are expected to be widely available by next year, as Valve recently delayed the program.

Although the success of Steam Machines cannot be predicted so early, some manufacturers such as Alienware itself, are playing it safe by dual booting these computers with Windows 8.1. Alienware is actually launching its future Steam Machine this year with Windows 8.1 installed instead of waiting for the official release of SteamOS.

Source: PC Gamer | Image via Origin PC

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MrHumpty said,
30 boost to a 1.10% share on steam. Sure, big deal.

Take a look at the entire console market. Even if SM's take just 10-15% of that, it will be a major win for Valve and GNU/Linux.

simplezz said,

Take a look at the entire console market. Even if SM's take just 10-15% of that, it will be a major win for Valve and GNU/Linux.

I will get a Stream Machine too but not because of an OS. I already have Slackware Linux and Windows 8.1.

simplezz said,

1995 called and they want their comment back.

It'll keep being funny until it's true. Still waiting for that one distro that covers all bases for the complete novice to the 1337 H4x00RR.

I could see it happening, but not in the haphazard way that Valve is doing it. I believe the PS3/PS4 is based on FreeBSD so there are companies out there that can/will target *nix.

Actually, the approach is good: it's considering the games as apps and the OS as insignificant, like a console; that way if i want to play any supported game i don't have to start my Windows machine that also has productivity software and such, as i can play on my Steam Machine, like a console but with the power of a true gaming rig, better graphics then a PS4/Xbox1 and (i wish) more cheaper.

I do see a big market for this, as i have several friends that want to play games in full glory but are disappointed with the consoles, the expensive Windows gaming rig and the lack of AAA games in Linux. The big question is: when will the AAA games gonna launch on a Steam Machine? Because those are the ones that sell the hardware.

Here's hoping this might also kick traditional OEM's into offering more preinstalled Linux PC's. And not some custom crap this time. A decent well supported distro.

I'd love to see Linux as an OS option on every OEM website. And not relegated to some hard to find url a la Dell.

Cyborg_X said,
30*0=0

Is the console market size zero? I wasn't aware of that. Steam Machines are going to cannibalise that market big time.

if this box also integrates WinE that specifically geared for games compatibility purposes, --if Steam could do that--, it will boost the size of their possible game libraries by massive amounts.

This will place Steam Machine above Ps4 or Xbox1 on Gaming-machine-master-race stratum.

The important part is that new games, especially AAA titles are coming to GNU/Linux at the same time as Windows / OS X / Xbox. Older titles can be streamed or backported if in high demand.

So this is essentially a scheme to sucker people in to buying gimped computers which play only a few games and nothing else. ######.

_Alexander said,
So this is essentially a scheme to sucker people in to buying gimped computers which play only a few games and nothing else. ######.

You mean like.. er.. a newly released console (XB1, PS4) perhaps? It will grow in time as it becomes a primary target platform for AAA titles.

During the E3 2014 gaming conference last week, Alienware's Marc Diana said that more developers are using OpenGL and creating games with Linux in mind than before, with the impending launch of Steam Machines.

Such great news. I couldn't be happier :D

OpenGL works on every platform. Why would someone go a platform specific route (DX) in the age of platform agnosticism. It's financial suicide. You want to be able to target as many people and platforms as possible, and that means OpenGL.

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