DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

October 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

In a recent interview with Polygon, DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson said that the Linux operating system is one killer game away from having a major impact on gaming. He believes that the open-sourced OS one "killer app" away from that possibility.

"We strongly want to get into Linux for a reason," he said. "It took Halo for the first Xbox to kick off and go crazy – usually, it takes one killer app or game and then people are more than willing [to adopt it] – it is not hard to get your hands on Linux, for example, it only takes one game that motivates you to go there."

"I think, even then, customers are getting more and more convenient, so you really need to convince them how can they marry it into their daily lives and make an integral part of their lives.”

Who will make that app remains to be seen but Valve Software is banking on fans adapting its vision for a Linux-based OS with Steam OS. Combined with the possibility of custom hardware configurations designed with the OS in mind, a customized operating system dedicated to games and entertainment, a special controller that supports both traditional mouse & keyboard as well as modern controller configurations, and the ability to play those games on a high definition television, Valve is investing heavily in the Linux space.

You can check out the full interview with Gustavsson on Polygon.


Comments

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

I disagree.... the one killer game / app for Linux might get a lot of people to dual boot. But until the majority of games are on SteamOS then it will remain a dual boot scenario.

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

I had a idea a week ago when Rockstar came out and said they were paid to delay GTAV.

The idea is thus: What if Valve was the ones who paid Rockstar off? So that they could make a Linux version to be released with the SteamOS debut?

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

Gustavsson doesn't seem to understand the difference between an OS and a console.  A person can own as many consoles as they have shelf (and closet) space for.  Most people aren't tech-savvy enough to have more than one OS on their computer. 

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

With a number of distros out there, Ubuntu being a prime example, they have made it so you could install a linux OS much like you could with installing a program within Windows. So it is easier these days to install a second OS.

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

A killer app isn't going to matter unless it's exclusive to Linux and that strikes me as a bit unlikely.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

This. The idea of a killer app is that it's on that device and that device alone. With PC type games that is MUCH harder to pull off.

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

I am sure FSF will love that, Linux making it into more people lives on the back of DRM encumbered media. Personally, the only part of it I am interested in is the controller.

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

The FSF can deal with it. I don't like DRM more than anyone else here but I believe an OS should adapt to the requirements of its users rather than the other way around. This is one reason Ubuntu rose to popularity: they made it easy to have all those pesky "non-free" codecs, plugins (Flash, pdf, etc), proprietary closed-source drivers (ATI and Nvidia) and such out of the box. Meanwhile, Valve has the clout and the money to push past a lot of the existing hurdles between Linux being a viable game platform (game selection, afformentioned video driver support, their own programers in house to help fix things) and I don't think there's anyone else who has a good chance at pulling it of. Because the alternitive future is Windows 8 and up, and it looks awful shaky over in Redmond these days.

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

This box is going to have to gain considerable market share and/or Valve is going to have pay a lot to get developer on board. No matter how much clout Valve has development is expensive even more so for triple A, if developers do not see potential for a return on investment they will pass and it will be in the same death spiral as the WiiU. They are going to have to have a few major developers with titles ready at launch to get people to buy. There is plenty of competition to boot, which already have the developer support.

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

Think of it as a gateway drug.

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

It's not much of a gateway, at least for me. To me it sounds like a Linux PC with Steam in Big Picture mode, I can already do that.

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

Sure, but maybe it can ease people into the idea of using linux.

Re: DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

You know what would be a killer app for me?  Mirror's Edge 2.  Just sayin'...

 
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