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Sometimes it feels like I've somehow fallen through the multiverse into a very different and thoroughly weird world. When Valve put Steam on Linux back in 2013 (see our full history), who could have imagined what that would bring us many years later?

At the end of February the Steam Deck should be releasing to the lucky first few who managed to get their reservation in (not me), ushering in a new era of PC gaming on the go. A Linux handheld. Powered by SteamOS 3, Valve's latest bundling of Steam with open source based on Arch Linux. Excitement levels keep rising every time Valve announce something new, but its the posts from developers we keep seeing with units that really gets us excited.

When you have the likes of Shuhei Yoshida, the Head of Sony PlayStation Indies (and former President of SCE Worldwide Studios), putting up a clearly very excited Twitter post showing off a previously PlayStation exclusive running on a Linux handheld (the Steam Deck), you know something big is brewing that's about to be unleashed on the world.

Pictured - God of War on a Steam Deck, credit: Shuhei Yoshida

The gaming landscape is ever-changing but the past few years felt bigger than before. Sony are allowing more previously exclusive games to leave their platform, Microsoft are doing the same and now thanks to the likes of Steam Play Proton - we even get to play them on desktop Linux. Seeing an Xbox Studios or PlayStation Studios logo shine brightly on a Linux box is just such a strange feeling. Thanks to Valve again, we shall soon even see that on the go or on the toilet.

It absolutely is going to be the year of Linux on the de…Steam Deck. Please don't let the multiverse send me back to whatever boring world I came from, I don't want to get off this ride.

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ghiuma 25 Jan
Quoting: ArehandoroIf I was Sony, or Nintendo for that matter, I'd release their exclusives a few years later on PC. And by PC I mean Linux. Punch your opponent (Microsoft) where it hurts the most.

Microsoft is buying it all!
Lightkey 25 Jan
For the younger folks around here, Sony has already released their own Linux distribution before.. and now get off my lawn.
Doc Angelo 25 Jan
I'm not sure why this is a sign of a "weird world". This is just capitalism working as expected. The exclusitivity didn't work out as they wanted it to, so they change their plans to make more money. Not weird at all.
Mohandevir 25 Jan
With the Lutris news about Origin, UPlay and Heroic integrations... It might just be a coincidence, but to me it seems all geared toward the Steam Deck release. Just my 2 cents.
const 25 Jan
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: CSharpIt's rather sad that we're surprised about this. That we assume companies want to wall their own gardens. I applaud them for embracing cool.things and playing well with others.
Sad? Sony and Microsoft both previously worked very hard to put up walls around their fancy gardens. In many ways Sony still does, you only have to look at all the cross-platform issues with Sony locking accounts to their system, there's many more examples around.

The article is just highlighting how *good* it is that all this is happening.
The fact that Sony can't deliver enough PS5s for the demand probably made a lot of things possible. There currently is no reason for them to lure users into their garden, they rather need to calm the people waiting in front of the gates. Doesn't hurt to make some bucks with snacks for those waiting. I wouldn't be too sure this continues once production exceeds demand again...


Last edited by const on 25 January 2022 at 1:56 pm UTC
spacemonkey 25 Jan
I think Valve and Sony have a common enemy (Microsoft). Enemies of your enemies are your friends
Liam Dawe 25 Jan
Quoting: Doc AngeloI'm not sure why this is a sign of a "weird world". This is just capitalism working as expected. The exclusitivity didn't work out as they wanted it to, so they change their plans to make more money. Not weird at all.
It's more like you missed the point entirely to focus on capitalism. It's just a figure of speech, to point out how strange this all is for Linux gamers. Also, their exclusivity absolutely did work out, God of War for example sold tens of millions of copies on PlayStation, so that's entirely besides the point.
pb 25 Jan
"Seeing an Xbox Studios or PlayStation Studios logo shine brightly on a Linux box is just such a strange feeling. Thanks to Valve again, we shall soon even see that on the go or on the toilet."

Ah yes, just like in good old times.

windows logo on toilet paper
chimpy 25 Jan
Sounds kinda crazy but I wouldn't be surprised if they partner with Valve. Plagman has thanked both Sony and Capcom for early access to their games to get them up and running on the Steam Deck. Plus Shuhei Yoshida seems to like it :)

https://mobile.twitter.com/Plagman2/status/1482206477850845187?cxt=HHwWhoCpwYi87ZEpAAAA

https://mobile.twitter.com/Plagman2/status/1481451939787251713?cxt=HHwWgoCp7ZWslo8pAAAA


Last edited by chimpy on 25 January 2022 at 4:18 pm UTC
I wonder why Sony are porting their games to the competitor's operating system instead of doing it for an own Linux distro.

I guess the PS5 operative system is technically more close to Linux than to Windows
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