Steam on Windows will progressively get worse over time according to Tim Sweeney, the co-founder of Epic Games.
Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They’ll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seem like an ideal alternative. That’s exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas. Now they’re doing it to Steam. It’s only just starting to become visible. Microsoft might not be competent enough to succeed with their plan but they are certainly trying,” Sweeney said. He adds the outcome of this would be forcing every app and game to be sold through the Windows Store alone. “If they can succeed in doing that then it’s a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform. It won’t be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library — what they’re trying to do is a series of sneaky manoeuvres. They make it more and more inconvenient to use the old apps, and, simultaneously, they try to become the only source for the new ones,” he claims.
There are now over 2000 games on Steam for Linux according to Softpedia. That’s about 25% of the available games on Steam which has a total of 8000 games. It’s not bad considering Linux users are about 1% of the total number of Steam users. Steam on Linux is now in its third year. The anniversary was February 14.
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A Steam Machine is a PC for your living room. Play your games on your big screen TV while sitting comfortably on your sofa. Steam Machines run a Linux-based operating system called SteamOS and are controlled with a gamepad instead of a mouse and keyboard.
Valve released Steam For Linux several weeks ago making it possible for Linux gamers to play games on the Linux platform. Initially 57 games were available on Linux steam. To entice gamers to play on the Linux platform, Valve offered steep discounts ranging from 50-75% off the normal price. Counter Strike is available for $4.99 and Half-Life for just $2.49. It gets better. Team Fortress is totally free.
Interestingly enough, Linux Today reported today that Linux Steam accounts to about 2 percent of the users at Steam. Not bad considering that Mac users are at 3 percent, and Mac Steam has been around since 2010. If you want to give Linux Steam a try, just download and install Linux. Choose any of these popular distributions: Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora or everyone’s favorite distro at this moment, Linux Mint.