Could you make money off of Linux games if they played better than on Windows Mr Carmack?

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2012 - 04:14 PM |
Tagged: valve, linux, left 4 dead, john carmack, gaming

While running at a measly 6fps means that the zombies will get you, at 315fps you can't complain that you didn't see them coming.  That is the current frame rate Valve is reporting their Linux test machine can produce when playing the Linux implementation of Left 4 Dead.  That hardware was a Core i7 3930k, GeForce GTX 680 and 32 GB RAM and we were given a result from the same hardware running Win7; a slower 303fps after tweaking OpenGL.  That takes performance concerns out of the picture when discussing gaming on Linux but it does not quite answer what John Carmack brought up in his QuakeCon keynote speech.  As he points out, building goodwill among the Linux community hasn't paid for the programming in the past and simply increasing performance will not directly translate into better sales figures.  However if we start seeing more Linux based Valve titles outperforming Windows on the same hardware, some enthusiasts are likely to set up a dual boot system, if not move their gaming rig to Linux solely.  Read more at The Inquirer.

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"Valve announced its plans to port its Steam content delivery service and Left 4 Dead 2 to Linux just last month. The firm has already made astonishing progress, announcing that with various performance tweaks it has managed to get the Linux version of Left 4 Dead 2 using OpenGL to run significantly faster than the Direct3D Windows 7 version."

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Source: The Inquirer

August 8, 2012 | 04:41 PM - Posted by pdjblum


Do you know if the image quality at those frame rates on linux is close to or equal to that on the windows box? If so, that would be awesome. I love win 7, but would be delighted to know linux is a viable high end gaming platform. It should bring a lot more people to linux on the desktop.

August 8, 2012 | 05:31 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

From the way it is being described, yes all in game settings would be the same.

August 8, 2012 | 06:46 PM - Posted by Arb1 (not verified)

At this point i don't see Linux being profitable as a gaming platform, even Mac is kinda iffy. Since a mass majority are set to run on windows its a massive hole to start it, deeper then a mine.

August 8, 2012 | 08:08 PM - Posted by Zanthis

If versions of windows after 8 continue the trend of Microsoft creating a "fenced off garden" we may see a big chunk of users jump to Linux. At the very least gamers will make the jump. And where the customers go, the developers will follow.

August 8, 2012 | 09:51 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You're dreaming.

August 8, 2012 | 10:34 PM - Posted by Supercat (not verified)

No, he's not. Linux would make a perfect environment for gaming.

August 8, 2012 | 09:51 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lol@Linux gaming on par with Windows. Good luck with that.

March 4, 2013 | 07:47 PM - Posted by hotbox (not verified)

Steam Box

August 9, 2012 | 12:22 PM - Posted by mAxius

Valve is going to become the dominant Linux platform take yesterdays announcement of valve offering applications other than games on steam. valve is looking to conquer the Linux world and it may just succeed

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