Open Ballot: Will Linux become the next gaming platform?
Valve have announced that their upcoming release of Left 4 Dead 2 will run faster on Linux than Windows, and this got us thinking. Could Linux become the new gaming platform of choice?
This is not as far-fetched as it may first sound. The openness of the platform means developers can fix any annoying bugs they come across rather than having to implement tiresome work arounds, and the game developers themselves can take an active role in pushing the platform in new directions. The free (as in beer) nature of the system means that they can ship all the latest system software along with the games to make sure everyone is running the latest versions. The flexibility means that the Linux distro it's running on can shut down all unnecessary software and dedicate maximum resources to the game.
The success of Ouya on kickstarter has shown that there is a demand for open source gaming platforms on consoles. Could the same demand exist on PCs as well?
What do you think: Are we out of out tiny minds, or is our crystal ball providing 20:20 foresight?