25 thoughts on “Some thoughts on Linux gaming in 2017 – Vlog

  1. I have switched to Linux as a gamer and I have no issues. Even have Witcher 2 on it, so we are only one title behind in that AAA franchise. I would also suggest Lutris which can help you run games through Wine and natively.

  2. I'm not an "hardcore gamer" but I'd rather play just sometimes some games on steam.
    I have a dual booting with a Windows 7 (f*ck Epson drivers) and I've discovered something. Having a low config, I discovered that Windows is using more of your graphical card than Linux (this game, Software Inc, was crashing on windows due to a not great enough config).

    Linux Gaming is starting getting a lot more audience due to multiple facts:
    – Windows 10 is purely exasperating when it comes to performance
    – Windows 10 S (their new OS) can only download apps from the Windows Store (you know, this thing where there is almost no useful app !)
    – Steam as came torwards linux.
    So I think Linux gaming community will start getting bigger and bigger. It's not at his apoge yet, and have still many issues, but I except it getting better and bigger in the next years.

  3. you simply cant put the word gaming infront of the word linux
    you cant, you just cant, just forget about it.
    its like putting the word secure infront of windows
    i have run linux and windows on separate hardware for decades and i seriously do not see why linux people keep on claiming how windows crash and get virus like it is a daily thing whereby i hardly experience it on my windows hardware myself.
    If you are to be an idiot on the internet on linux you will catch virus too, you are not immune, forget about being immune to virus, malware and ransomware on linux, its just plain ignorant.
    i do use linux only for three thing
    1. data server
    2. internet banking
    3 official classified business work
    Other than that i am always on windows because they simply have better games, better performance, drivers support and softwares
    And yes your 1080ti will end up only putting out a 1060 performance in linux, its that bad.
    PS: Some ignorant linux fanboy talk like they can get virus while playing games on windows 24/7 yet they still use wine….FUCKING IDIOTS LOL

  4. I was in a position where I required a gaming PC or modern console.
    I went out of my way to import an Alienware SteamOS console. (unavailable in AU)
    It arrived on the 2nd of Jan 2017, and initially it was a bit unimpressed, but I bought it under the understanding that I was buying a product which is in active beta.

    I am a hardcore gamer and I use Linux! But I am an oldschool hardcore gamer with over 25 years of experience, so AAA titles are not as appealing to me as quality indie games.

    Linux gaming before the last 12 months was pretty much limited to custom emulation devices like the Dingoo and Pandora. But as of late 2016 and early 2017 SteamOS is a serious contender as a modern gaming platform, especially the most recent updates which have fixed some crucial issues with the OS.

    (I am using SteamOS right now! SteamOS is not only my favourite way to access my Steam library but also my favourite way to access YouTube and Facebook)

  5. I never thought gaming on Linux would become native and hassle free. When I became a GNU Linux user i understood that Games would be something i would have to say goodbye too but today it seems I am re-welcoming games back into my life.
    For me getting my computer to do what i want it to do instead of Microsoft telling me what my computer should do is priority number 1 so all else comes second.

    Good vlog btw and thanks for sharing

  6. there's almost 7000 games available right now. Windows having over 4 Times as much. overall 7000 games is not bad, it more than a good amount. And there's likely to be more soon.

  7. i have played a lot of game over the years but i dont think of my self as a hard core.
    i still have a windows side to my game sys, but i moved from windows to ubuntu to linux mint. to get a way from the spying.
    but the games i play are more of the building games from minecraft to now space engineers on steam.
    space engineers can be played on linux but in dx9 mod and will the game has planet and air filled ships.
    and that part of the game is in the dx11 mod, so my problem is i dont know how to fix is for i am self learned as will.
    i do like playing game in linux, will the ones that are 100%cross-platform. like ksp and rust.

    so till steam can get some more support for the game creator, i will reboot to the os that can play the game.

    thanks for your time.

  8. As a developer it's difficult to ignore the statistics. According to the Steam hardware survey (http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey) – over 95% of users are on Windows. However, that being said – since our game was created in Unity – it's very easy to create a Linux version. Also, it has been much easier to get attention from Linux users (probably due to the hunger for games).

  9. I suppose I am a hard-core gamer in that I take my gaming very seriously! But it was windows 10 that finally pushed me to switch to Linux (Lite) as my main machine (with all my data on) and kept my Windows 7 machine as my gaming-only machine. I play 'deep thought' games (e.g. XCOM Long War mod) which are often heavily modded to create the gaming I prefer. I now tend to buy my games from GOG more than on Steam. I feel I own the games from GOG whereas Steam is providing a service and somehow that worries me. But perhaps I should play as many games as possible on Linux as a political point. Hmmm….

  10. id say its a few years off. I made the switch to linux then ended up duel-booting because i couldn't play 60% of the games i wanted to however i still be-leave linux is the better os in more ways than a few

  11. What really pisses me off is when i hear 'PC game' and it's not PC but 'Windows-only' game.
    How hard is it to remember that PC stands for Personal Computer, not 'Personal Computer with Microsoft Windows OS installed'.
    Game developers should start pointing out if their game is Windows-only and stop claiming that it's available on PC unless it's cross-platform.

  12. Finally a linux user who says that OS choice is based on user's needs and not stating that linux is the best and other OSes "suck". You made a great point in this video!

  13. I think the question is asked the wrong way around – it should be "why would you use Windows for anything other than gaming?".

  14. I duel boot. Browsing, email, documents, torrenting (legally)…. just about everything is done on Linux. The windows partition is used for gaming and gaming only. To be honest I don't even game that often but when I do I like to know that I can play what I want. I'm not a fan of the windows privacy statement but agreed to it solely for the purpose of playing games on its platform. I don't use gmail or outlook mail for the same reasons.

  15. I ran Linux exclusively for almost ten years. I recently went back to Windows. I'm older, the children have left the nest, and I have more time and disposable income than I had a few years ago, so I have more time for gaming, as opposed to just using the computer to get work done. I first discovered Linux after purchasing a laptop in that dark era when Vista came out in middle of the last decade. It was horrible, and at the time Canonical was pushing out Ubuntu disks in the computer magazines, like AOL once did. I tried it out, and fell in love with it.

    The current state of gaming on Linux has never been better. If you love the operating system, there's certainly enough games available to keep you satisfied, and new titles come to the Steam store every day. But if you are into the latest AAA titles with the most media hype around them, you're not going to be satisfied with Linux. The main reason for that is the game developers seem to be married to Directx. WINE will run titles that use DirectX 9 or less superbly in most cases, but any version beyond that, it gets dicey, if not impossible.

    Windows 10 is leaps and bounds better than the Vista install I trashed ten years ago. There's days I miss Linux, especially when doing updates, but for the most part, I can get my work done, and launch the latest AAA games. I still like to test out distros in virtual box, especially ones that are breaking new ground, just out of curiosity. You never know, one might rock my world and convince me to come back.

  16. I ran Linux exclusively for almost ten years. I recently went back to Windows. I'm older, the children have left the nest, and I have more time and disposable income than I had a few years ago, so I have more time for gaming, as opposed to just using the computer to get work done. I first discovered Linux after purchasing a laptop in that dark era when Vista came out in middle of the last decade. It was horrible, and at the time Canonical was pushing out Ubuntu disks in the computer magazines, like AOL once did. I tried it out, and fell in love with it.

    The current state of gaming on Linux has never been better. If you love the operating system, there's certainly enough games available to keep you satisfied, and new titles come to the Steam store every day. But if you are into the latest AAA titles with the most media hype around them, you're not going to be satisfied with Linux. The main reason for that is the game developers seem to be married to Directx. WINE will run titles that use DirectX 9 or less superbly in most cases, but any version beyond that, it gets dicey, if not impossible.

    Windows 10 is leaps and bounds better than the Vista install I trashed ten years ago. There's days I miss Linux, especially when doing updates, but for the most part, I can get my work done, and launch the latest AAA games. I still like to test out distros in virtual box, especially ones that are breaking new ground, just out of curiosity. You never know, one might rock my world and convince me to come back.

  17. Well, it all comes to what you consider a hardcore gamer.
    I mean: there are those people who play a lot and a lot of games and there are those who play a lot of only a few games.
    Also: can a console gamer be considered a hardcore gamer? Because those don't have a lot of AAA titles either (platform exclusives).
    I hate it when people say that "gamers" have to play on a top $3000 PC. You can be a gamer on a Raspberry Pi using RetroPi if you ask me. I don't see a problem with that.

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