Valve Boss Wants Steam On Linux Because ‘Windows 8 Is A Catastrophe’
Valve is dead set on bringing Steam’s 2,500 games to Linux as “a hedging strategy” because “Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space” according to boss Gabe Newell.
Speaking at an industry dinner in Seattle last night, Newell spoke about a range of subjects but was most damning about Windows 8 according to the summart on AllThingsD.
“The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior,” Newell said of Steam’s transition to the platform.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”
Windows 8 finally launches on 26 October.
Newell also revealed that Valve has a $70,000 wearable computing system, expects touch inputs to last for just 10 years, and revealed that a a kid in Kansas is making $150,000 a year making virtual hats.