Pixelvolt takes a look at the ways in which SteamOS could potentially fail, while remaining hopeful that it succeeds.
Flop? It's absolutely free and optional.
Absolutely. SteamOS is basically Linux but branded as SteamOS so it's probably going to be a little impossible for it to fail. Beside that, SteamOS isn't about the immediate future, but what the future of PC gaming will look like in 10 years or so. When Valve first came out with Steam in like 2004 it was
I remember when Steam came out and it seemed the entire gaming world was against it. There was soo much hate lol. Valve has made some serious progress since then. They were able to make good decisions and satisfy their customers. With their track record I have faith in Valve.
In fairness when Steam first came out it was a bit of a mess. I remember installing Half Life 2 and using Steam for the first time. Hardly a good experience but look at it now. I see the same fate for SteamOS. Bumpy around launch but eventually it will find its feet and then some.
I don´t think something for free can ever flop. Does not mean, because it´s free everyone is going to get it.... What i do believe can and prolly will flop are the SteamMachine, the premise behind it of a PC in the Livingroom. The problem with it is the price : User >A<, which does not own a PC or has a weak PC/Laptop (can they offer a PC, capable off rendering A.Creed 5 and WatchDogs 2 at 1080p for under $500?..under linux?) User >B<, Console Gamer (most likely not interested...) User >C<, PC Gamer - semi hardcore (1x Screen)... unsure, prolly not interested, streaming only. User >D<, PC Gamer - "hardcore" with 3x Screens or more beyond 4K.... of course they d.g.a.f User >E<, Handheld gamer... prolly too young User >F<, The iphone gamer... blargh! ....
Flop? No. I can install it and run my games without having to buy windows. The 2nd and 3rd world countries alone will ensure it is a success.
It probably will not flop, but i think it won't be as big as some people are making it out to be. All the games i have on Steam and all the programs i use work with Windows, so I'm sticking to it. I don't see much of a point for SteamOS (at least for me).
Valve own a huge share of the pc games market, if the majority of new games come out with a steam os version as well as a Windows version but the steam version runs faster then everyone will just migrate to steam os for a better experience. People spend lots of money on better hardware to get better performance and if they can do it with a free upgrade then its a nobrainer. P.s I didn't agree or disagree nobody can predict the future.
if you dual boot its a huge advantage and plus you can try it out and give your input
Deliver on the performance boost and let me dual boot it with Windows easily. They can count me in. Adoption maybe slow, but potentially this could mean never having to buy a copy of Windows again.
yeah that´s a big factor for all pc gamers out there.
At the very least, shud give MS incentive to make a better product than windows 8.
So many click bait articles...
iknowright. Cant wait to see N4G light up come the end of November ... /s
The SteamOS will rock on! What I'm worried about is the Steam console that might cost too much. Having a Nvidia gpu means no unified ram and gpu+cpu in the same chip. Sony and MS went with AMD for gpu/cpu for a reason:best performance for the lowest price possible. That is some thing that Steam console with a Nvidia gpu will not be able to compete.
there is no steam console, just machines branded as steam machines.
Half-Life 3 SteamOS exclusive. SteamOS wins.
That isn't much of a win considering it is free and available to everyone.
10 years later can we laugh at this?
Exactly, many are forgetting that many many indie and mid-tier titles are already having linux support. In the end, it all boils down to content. Sure, the library wouldn't be so significant in it's current state but a few years down the line we're talking a huge amount of content that even AAA developers simply cannot ignore. That is when SteamOS will start to have it's support faster than ever with it's open source drivers and the like and not regulate to DirectX A/B per windows.
If it cuts the costs of gaming and gives me an alternative to M$, i will support it.
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