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  • Steam Linux Usage Still On The Decline

    Phoronix: Steam Linux Usage Still On The Decline

    With Valve's very well known "Steam Hardware Survey", after showing some promising Linux statistics at first, last month indicated that the Linux adoption of the game distribution software was stagnate or on the decline. The April figures for the Steam hardware survey are now public and they indicate further losses for Linux gamers...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM2Mjg

  • #2
    Come on Valve, the world is waiting for HL2/Portal 2/CS:GO on Linux! It's too soon to draw any conclusions yet.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ArtKun View Post
      Come on Valve, the world is waiting for HL2/Portal 2/CS:GO on Linux! It's too soon to draw any conclusions yet.
      Or Dota2...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ArtKun View Post
        Come on Valve, the world is waiting for HL2/Portal 2/CS:GO on Linux! It's too soon to draw any conclusions yet.
        Don't forget Left 4 Dead, Defense of the Ancients and other games in the process of porting like Euro Truck Simulator 2, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, etc.

        There will be more and more games on Linux, game engines like Unreal Engine and CryEngine will run natively on Linux and make it cheaper for game developers to develop and publish Linux games.

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        • #5
          AMD's drivers still have huge problems, Valve's ports take a bit longer than expected and the #1 Linux distribution Ubuntu is basicly rewriting the whole system at the moment. So this was to be expected.

          Although I still think it will be huge two years from now on.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by d2kx View Post
            ... So this was to be expected.
            Expected, yes, also because there aren't any fun non-casual games there. I guess not many gamers (the target audience ?) are going to play a couple of old shooters are they ... Or people like me who get motion sickness from shooters and prefer RPGs and RTS games.
            Ok fine I really just want to play StarCraft 2.
            What I usually hear from gamers would be: "Steam is on Linux now ? Can I play all my games on Linux then ? No ? Then forget it, I'll stick with Windows."
            Last edited by calim; 05-01-2013, 04:41 PM.

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            • #7
              Honestly I think the numbers are ok considering that maybe 1-2% of Steam's content is linux compatible. Steam itself doesn't run poorly and so far every game I've attempted to run in steam (except limbo, which was taken off eventually) has worked, albeit with a little additional effort since I'm using Arch. Valve isn't doing anything wrong, there's just not enough content yet. When Steam for Mac was released, not only did they give away Portal for free but they had a lot of the other source engine games working immediately. With Linux, there's mostly just indie games that people have already played.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by calim View Post
                What I usually hear from gamers would be: "Steam is on Linux now ? Can I play all my games on Linux then ? No ? Then forget it, I'll stick with Windows."
                THIS!

                When all of valve's own games are available for linux then people will switch, until then there are too many big games like portal 1/2, left 4 dead etc not out yet.

                Give it 2yrs and i reckon it will have a 5-6.5% market share.

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                • #9
                  surge was good indicator

                  Originally posted by hajj_3 View Post
                  THIS!

                  When all of valve's own games are available for linux then people will switch, until then there are too many big games like portal 1/2, left 4 dead etc not out yet.

                  Give it 2yrs and i reckon it will have a 5-6.5% market share.
                  I'd say it may become more than that. With Windows on decline and Mac loosing its spiritual leader, Linux will only raise. And yeah, big lack of games.

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                  • #10
                    Let's not forget that most of the linux population is heading into spring and people are simply enjoying it away from their machines after a long winter.

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                    • #11
                      In other news, according to StatCounter, Linux has been going up pretty steadily ever since Windows 8 got released. And Windows XP is plummeting quite rapidly now; it may become near extinct in two years or less, if the rate doesn't slow down.

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                      • #12
                        I've been playing Crusader Kings 2 with great success on arch these last few days. I think the main problem is that new titles aren't being released so often on Linux, and also that there are almost no Linux exclusive games. But I think that having the possibility of gaming on Linux is really positive for the adoption of Linux on home machines.

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                        • #13
                          I, myself, am waiting for a bunch of Linux titles I've helped at Kickstarter - Steam can't expect explosive Linux game usage, when there are no new titles introduced.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                            In other news, according to StatCounter, Linux has been going up pretty steadily ever since Windows 8 got released. And Windows XP is plummeting quite rapidly now; it may become near extinct in two years or less, if the rate doesn't slow down.
                            That's a pretty amazing read of that chart. What I see is Linux hanging on in the 1% area and Windows 8 growing at a much faster rate than Linux. And the XP downtick was offset by an equal uptick in Windows 7.

                            Linux is basically going nowhere.

                            And here's my gaming experience on Ubuntu:

                            - tearing
                            - crappy performance
                            - tearing
                            - more tearing
                            - accidentally hit Alt, HUD comes up and I can't get back to my game
                            - compiz crashed, would you like to send a bug report?

                            For that matter I can't even use XBMC on the system anymore. If anybody thinks somebody is going to leave the comfort of Windows 7 for this garbage they're very naive.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by d2kx View Post
                              AMD's drivers still have huge problems
                              Thats what is making me choose to TF2 under Windows instead of Linux ATM, just cant get a reasonable FPS out of my 67xx.

                              If people buy newer more power graphics cards the drivers arent ready yet, if they stay with an older card then it isnt powerful enough for modern games. There is a delicate balance somewhere in the middle, it is hard to find though.

                              Wish AMD would get the open source drivers to the same standard as the proprietary ones so they can then focus on 100% on open drivers for an open platform, half way is too far.

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