Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports at ZDNet that Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve and its Steam game platform, says that the old proprietary ways are no longer working for gaming companies. After pointing out that Valve has actually been using Linux since 1999 on several hundred thousand game servers, Newell added that Linux is the future of gaming for gamers on the client as well because Microsoft is moving to a more locked-in style of computing. "Platforms are becoming more controlled, the software developer market is controlled, the content is controlled, and [so is] the pricing," says Newell. "Open systems were advancing much faster. The old console guys are not competitive and there's huge tension in proprietary systems." According to Newell there are now 198 Steam games running on Linux and the issues of bringing the games to Linux have been solved. The next step is to work on the hardware side to create a living room gaming device based on Linux. "In Valve's future, players will run their games on Linux systems. They may not know they are running Linux--any more than nine out of ten Android users know they're running Linux--but it will be Linux under the hood," writes Vaughan-Nichols. "These devices, whether PCs, tablets, or dedicated game consoles, will all play the same while running the same Steam-based games on top of Linux."
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