1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Ubisoft Is "Formulating A Linux Game Plan"

Gaming

Published on 21 March 2014 05:14 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
50 Comments

When at the Game Developer's Conference one of the leading questions from Phoronix readers via our forum was to find out about any Linux plans by Ubisoft.

While I wasn't able to obtain an official statement from Ubisoft about their Linux plans, a representative I spoke with made it clear that they are "exploring Linux" and "formulating a Linux game plan" as they continue to monitor the Linux gaming space with Valve's SteamOS work and other game studios porting their engines and titles to Linux.

The Ubisoft representative I spoke with, who asked not to be named, said Ubisoft is getting excited about Linux gaming prospects but that Linux gamers and studios shouldn't get their hopes too high. There's advantages to Linux, but nothing too compelling right now that will immediately lead gamers to installing Linux and causing an significant loss to Windows' dominance. While the Linux market-share is slowly but surely increasing, Ubisoft also views porting to Linux as a means of leading to better code quality and portability -- a sentiment I have also heard from other game studios. Ultimately, Ubisoft will likely begin releasing Linux titles but not necessarily in the near-term.

Of course, Ubisoft "exploring Linux" isn't new either as Ubisoft has been playing around with Linux for years going back to when they were looking at Xen virtualization for gaming.

We will hopefully be hearing more from Ubisoft about Linux in the months ahead.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. AMD Launches New FX CPUs, Cuts Prices On Existing Processors
  2. Preview: AMD's FX-9590 Eight-Core At Up To 5.0GHz On Linux
  3. Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs
  4. AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers
Latest Linux Articles
  1. LLVM Clang 3.5 Brings Some Compiler Performance Improvements
  2. Ondemand vs. Performance CPU Governing For AMD FX CPUs On Linux 3.17
  3. How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers
  4. The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With Steam Linux Gaming
Latest Linux News
  1. POCL Is Maturing Well For Running OpenCL On The CPU
  2. New Group Calls For Boycotting Systemd
  3. The Features To Find With The Imminent Release Of LLVM/Clang 3.5
  4. Borderlands 2 Is Coming To Linux
  5. The Witcher 2 Ups The Performance More & Works Around Catalyst Bug
  6. Running Gallium3D's LLVMpipe On The Eight-Core 5GHz CPU
  7. Trying Intel OpenCL On Linux For Video Encoding
  8. GSoC 2014 Yielded Some Improvements For Mesa/X.Org This Year
  9. webOS Lives On As LuneOS With New Release
  10. Marek Lands Radeon Gallium3D HyperZ Improvements
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs
  2. nv and xorg.conf under Debian PPC
  3. AMD graphics doesn't work with AMD Catalyst drivers
  4. Best Radeon for a Power Mac G5?
  5. The dangers of Linux kernel development
  6. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  7. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  8. SSD seems slow