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  • If I were Valve, I'd probably have a run-of-the-mill gaming hardware setup with Steam on top of linux. The linux games would be labeled with a "Works on Steambox" seal of approval. All other games would require a Windows computer that's capable of running the game on the same network. The PC would then run the game sandboxed and stream everything to the console in an OnLive style gaming setup without the OnLive style input lag.

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    • Maybe a SteamMac box: http://kotaku.com/5901821/did-tim-co...ell-meet-today Stay awaaaay!
      Last edited by Khudsa; 04-14-2012, 03:54 PM.

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      • Originally posted by Pickle View Post
        That statement doesnt even sound right, with opengl 2+ you compile your shaders so that you can use to them to draw. Compiling is a one time thing, your not doing it during draw calls. I say its bogus.
        That's at the API level. Different hardware does different things at the driver level. On most NVIDIA hardware, for example, shader constants are injected into the shader binary at draw call time by the driver (known as shader patching). This can be a substantial performance hit - substantial enough, that many PS3 games manually do the constant patching on SPUs instead of leaving it to the firmware.
        It's not as easy as compile once, use anywhere. The compilation done at the API level is more of an intermediate step, with additional work done at runtime.

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        • Anny news?

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          • Originally posted by Michael View Post
            10 days or so to ponder...
            Updating to Ubuntu 12.04 and confirmation on Valve's Linux plans? What a week!

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            • Am I the only one who got no reply from Gabe?

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              • Okay, it's basically confirmed before Michael even goes:
                http://www.sevendaycooldown.com/site/episode001/

                Go to 11:00 minutes, and Gabe mentions that he's been "working with a team on Linux."
                AHHHH!! This is awesome.

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                • Originally posted by snuwoods View Post
                  Okay, it's basically confirmed before Michael even goes:
                  http://www.sevendaycooldown.com/site/episode001/

                  Go to 11:00 minutes, and Gabe mentions that he's been "working with a team on Linux."
                  AHHHH!! This is awesome.
                  Isn't anybody going to complain that this isn't "official" because it's not mentioned on the Valve website?

                  "HURR!!! DERE IZN'T ANY VEEDEEO SO DAT WUZ PROBBLY A FAKE!!!!!!1111one"

                  ... Anybody?

                  We could really use another good plague.

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                  • We should know a lot more next week. Sit down and relax.

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                    • Originally posted by d2kx View Post
                      We should know a lot more next week. Sit down and relax.
                      So. Hard. To. Sit. And. Wait!

                      I really am looking forward to this Steam event.

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