Linux Forced Microsoft to Improve Windows for Gaming

By Aaron Smith, | January 10, 2017

The Steam Linux platform apparently pushed Microsoft to improve the gaming capabilities of its Windows OS. (YouTube)

The Steam Linux platform apparently pushed Microsoft to improve the gaming capabilities of its Windows OS. (YouTube)

A few years ago, it seemed that Linux was going to become a major game platform. Although that did not become a reality, it inspired one company to improve itself.

Microsoft realized the need to improve its Windows platform when Gabe Newell, the CEO of Valve, a well-established Steam gaming platform, talked about Windows 8 not being good enough for gaming. This dates back to 2012 and Newell even described Windows 8 as a catastrophe.

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He introduced Stream to Linux to improve the game platform. Soon afterward, Alienware's Steam Machine and its Linux SteamOS came into the fray. Although both of these platforms did not gain considerable success, they pushed Microsoft to outdo itself.

Now, as Microsoft works on improving Windows 10, one can see the focus on gaming as well, Gadget 360 News reported.

There are varying opinions about how effective the Stream Linux platform is. While some believe that it is not up to the mark, many argue otherwise. However, according to ZDNet, it is unlikely that any improvement can be made without Valve's support.

Nevertheless, it is believed that Steam Linux effort left a lasting impression on the gaming platform business and many organizations were affected by it. The impact was so strong that other corporations tried to improve their products.

In fact, after Valve's revelation of its Linux supported games, some major companies even paid it a visit!


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