1 hour ago, BitFlipper wrote
Yes it does make sense. In all cases where Linux has any kind of success, it is in cases where the OS itself is hidden away from the end user and most don't even know or care what OS it is because they never interact with it directly. What Valve is doing is trying to push Linux as more of a general purpose gaming PC where the end user will need to interact more directly with the actual OS (upgrade graphics card, install new controllers etc).
That is not the only issue. Valve is trying to push this as a system where you can install anything you want (yes it is a great goal), except the number of Linux games is a tiny fraction of that of Windows. I find it hard to image every game developer suddenly falling over themselves trying to get a Linux version of their game out. Hence why I say just like all previous Linux console efforts, this will also fail. I say they should go ahead and do it, but ultimately it will just set them back and they will just prove my point. Again.
almost the same as what I think are some issues...
one big one is this:
say they get the boxes into some stores, a lot of normal / average folks will see the XBOX, PS3 and WII as well known gaming systems that they have friends and relatives etc.. who have the same systems and they will see a HUGE catalog of known games to use on the systems.
then here is this "other box" ... no track record, no known friends or family using one, and no list of games they have that match up with the other "consoles"
sure Valve has done some really great games in the past but ....
then the other issue is getting developers to want to make games for this ... well what is it anyway?
if say they made a real console with fixed hardware specs etc... then a developer knows that if the game works on a test console it will work on all the other consoles of that brand and model out there and will have the same performance for all the users.
here we have a pc that will not always have the same parts and may not even have the same OS.
sure I like games on a PC but right now we ware talking about making something that can really compete with the consoles ....
if they leave it open and allow different mixes of parts and OS and drivers then I just can not see it really making a dent in the games market.