One killer app would sell gaming on Linux says DICE
DICE's creative director Lars Gustavsson reckons it wouldn't take much for gamers to see the value of Linux as a gaming platform, just one killer title.
Gustavsson believes that like many other platforms before it Linux-based gaming with the help of SteamOS could be big as long as it has the right software support.
He began, "We strongly want to get into Linux for a reason. 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,” he went on, “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.”
Gustavsson does make a very good point. Halo did give gamers a reason to buy the original Xbox. For the PS3 it was GTA III and for the Xbox 360 it was Gears Of War.
In fact, the success of new gaming platforms hinges on its software support and, with Valve and Steam behind Linux all they need to do is release Half-Life 3 and it would probably take great strides towards becoming the de-facto OS for PC gaming.
What do you think would be the killer app that would sell Linux to you?