Speaking at a recent videogame conference in Seattle, Valve Software founder Gabe Newell reportedly had a few enlightening things to say about the Steam platform-holder's outlook on the future of a digital world.
According to a report on allthingsd
-- who have published a few choice cuts of the presentation between Newell and former Microsoft game publishing VP Ed Fries -- Newell isn't a fan of Microsoft's plans for Windows 8, indicating concern that it could cause the departure of top PC manufacturers to other pastures, and that Steam's Linux ambitions hope to perhaps help prevent that.
“The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.
The report also features comments from Newell on the evolution of user inputs and wearable computing, as well as thoughts on community monetisation and closed versus open platforms, which are also worth a read. However, it is the implication that elements of Windows 8 (which we presume are primarily the nature of Microsoft's new Apple-like Metro app store) have spurred Valve into action, is a significant consideration for the future of PC gaming, and a huge boon for Linux fans.
A release date has yet to be confirmed for Steam's arrival on Linux, but Linux versions of at least two games have been announced: Valve's Left 4 Dead 2 and Croteam's Serious Sam 3: BFE.