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A reminder about Steam's platform-specific wishlist feature you should be using

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Back in 2017, Valve rolled out a small change to the wishlist feature on Steam that quite a few people still don't know about.

We previously posted about this when the change happened but as always, things get lost and people forget. If you head to this page (click your username -> Preferences) on Steam when you're logged in, scroll to the bottom and you will see this:

The box above doesn't mention it, but this allows developers to see wishlists from a single ticked platform. Why is it important? Well, we speak to a huge amount of game developers and a very common issue we've come across since this was implemented was a very low volume of wishlists from Linux.

A lot lower than you would expect, some of which is naturally due to our lower market share (of course) but also because so many people just don't know this feature exists. We've also ended up reminding a lot of our readers and followers on this, with a surprising amount of people having no idea it's even a thing.

Since it's a manual process (and only works if you tick one platform), if you don't go and do it yourself your wishlist entries on Steam don't show up as being for Linux. So it's a feature that sounds good on paper and is well meaning but doesn't work that great in practice.

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jens 22 February 2019 at 10:52 am UTC
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Using the Steam client you can reach this option by
- Click on your name in the top right, then "Account Details"
- Click on "Preferences" in the side menu
- Scroll to the bottom and you will find the "Platform Preferences" section.
Boldos 22 February 2019 at 10:52 am UTC
Do have.
Thanks for the reminder though
Schattenspiegel 22 February 2019 at 11:07 am UTC
One could question why the wording of the option does in no way reflect what it actually does.(I always wondered why I was shown windows titles regardless of that setting)

One could also question why if an account does have a Linux or Mac client associated it is not automatically flagged as having interest in a Linux or Mac version of games. Even if a person uses multiple operating systems the moment they have a client on that OS they clearly are interested in gaming on that platform.
WorMzy 22 February 2019 at 11:08 am UTC
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I generally only wishlist games that have a Linux version. I don't want to explain to everyone who may buy me games not to buy any games off my wishlist that don't have a Linux version yet. They'll just forget or get confused.
Xpander 22 February 2019 at 11:10 am UTC
While i knew about this option, i wish it was more obvious as its very well hidden and easy to miss.
Would be nice to have the selection on top of the webpage somewhere near your profile icon or better yet, automatic. If you wishlist from native steam client or browser using Linux it should wishlist it as Linux.

edit: the other thing is that wishlisting windows games will make you wishlist huge. I would like to see sorting option there, to list Available Linux games and not yet Available. And don't fucking email me about sale when its not available for Linux yet


Last edited by Xpander on 22 February 2019 at 11:11 am UTC
LibertyPaulM 22 February 2019 at 11:43 am UTC
I think there needs to be a wishlist categories feature like there is in your library. That way you can group games by things like "Games I want to come to linux" etc
wintermute 22 February 2019 at 11:56 am UTC
I removed all my non-Linux wishlisted games the other week, I was fed up receiving emails about Windows-only games. Valve needs to come up with a better solution.
Eike 22 February 2019 at 11:59 am UTC
wintermuteI removed all my non-Linux wishlisted games the other week, I was fed up receiving emails about Windows-only games. Valve needs to come up with a better solution.

I switched off the emails instead.
Corben 22 February 2019 at 12:01 pm UTC
Checked. Was already set
sub 22 February 2019 at 12:04 pm UTC
Will I still get informed about that game being on sale even if it only has Windows version?
Don't think so. I sometimes pragmatically buy a game on sale that I want to play even when it has only a Windows version.

So on one hand I'd like to inform the devs and publishers that I'm actually interested in a native Linux version, but not getting informed when it is on sale and (currently) has no Linux version is a no go for me.
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