Thoughts on the unintended consequences of Mantle and SteamOS

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2013 - 03:19 PM |
Tagged: amd, Mantle, gaming, valve

The Tech Report has been thinking on the upcoming release of SteamOS and AMD's Mantle and they see some problems that could come about because of them.  Fragmentation has always been a problem for PCs, be it that the hardware between systems never matches or the wide variety of APIs and game engines on the software side.  It can de daunting to begin developing a game and determining if optimizing for AMD, NVIDIA or Intel is worth considering as well as the choice between Direct3D or OpenGL or trying to make them both work.  Mantle is now a choice, BF4 will actually be releasing a version that is natively Mantle shortly after they launch the first version of the game.  Valve has also hinted that several AAA titles will be released on SteamOS, not necessarily Windows or Linux.  What effect could this have on PC gaming as these new choices arrive at the same time the next generation consoles are released?  Read on and see.

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"Valve's SteamOS and AMD's Mantle API have the potential to do great things for PC gaming. However, they also threaten to fragment the platform at a critical time, when next-gen consoles are about to reduce the PC's performance and image quality lead by a long shot."

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October 11, 2013 | 05:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Steam is full of hot air...and water.

October 12, 2013 | 06:48 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nope, AMD's mantle is.

October 12, 2013 | 11:47 PM - Posted by praack

well not many OS other than apple, windows and linux for the desktop anymore- at least none that are mainstream enough for coding. (and apple is basically linux)

so will be interesting to see what Steam OS roots are.

as for Mantle- well that is not an OS but a lower end hardware coding for graphics cards not really the same thing. might as well replace the banner with Unintended consequences of Mantle and Windows 8 or Unintended consequences of Mantle and OS xMaverick

October 13, 2013 | 05:06 AM - Posted by Daniel Nielsen (not verified)

OSx is technically Unix.

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