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A feature that was often requested by Linux gamers, was a way for us to show developers there's a demand for a port. Valve has delivered something interesting to help. Although it does have a small caveat, it's only if you pick one platform in your Steam settings.

Writing about it on Twitter, Valve developer Pierre-Loup linked to this post on Steam that explains it:

We have made changes to the wishlist aiming to improve developers' visibility of any interest in their title coming from Steam users playing on platforms they're not currently targeting.

If a user only has one platform filter selected in their Steam store preferences, adding a game to their wishlist will result in it being specially reported to the developer in a new platform-specific breakdown of the wishlist report:

Currently, Steam has this feature some of you might be familiar with (set it here):

Now they're actually making some more use of it, so developers will end up seeing something like this:

A simple change overall, but one that could end up proving quite interesting for developers. I don't imagine this suddenly moving mountains (being realistic here), but we've long needed something official like this to help things along a bit more.

More changes like this, to help developers decide can only be a good thing for Linux/SteamOS gaming.

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razing32 6 December 2017 at 11:05 pm UTC
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This should have been available a long time ago.
Seems weird consumers can tweak their end but devs cannot.
Kels 6 December 2017 at 11:08 pm UTC
This really fits in with my use of the Wishlist. I not only add stuff I want that's available for my platform, but also stuff that's not in order to keep an eye on it in case it becomes available in the future. The fact that this can be used as an indication of interest works for me, and it's a bit more elegant than counting +1's on the forums.
UltraAltesBrot 6 December 2017 at 11:09 pm UTC
Maybe this will make developers asking Linux users for port demand in Steam forums obsolete and give them some proper numbers they can actually work with.
pb 6 December 2017 at 11:10 pm UTC
Nice! I have had the settings to only show Linux/SteamOS games on for a long time, so I hope I don't have to remove/readd items on my wishlist to have it working?

Now I'll have to go over the full list of steam games and add all those windows/mac-only titles that I'd like to see ported...

It would be interesting to see how those stats look like for some of the highly demanded games, like The Witcher 3.


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Leopard 6 December 2017 at 11:15 pm UTC
Time to add Skyrim , Doom 2016 , Witcher 3 and so many AAA's on my wishlist huh.

Challenge accepted Steam.

Also PUBG.


Last edited by Leopard at 6 December 2017 at 11:16 pm UTC
madpinger 6 December 2017 at 11:24 pm UTC
I wonder if this means it'll be a pita to update my existing wishlist :/
Smoke39 6 December 2017 at 11:25 pm UTC
I'm not sure how useful this will be. It doesn't count people who dual boot but prefer Linux, and people who don't know about this feature may not bother wishlisting games they can't play (personally, I use the "follow" function for games I'm hoping get ported, and only wishlist them if and when they do). I kinda feel like this could actually make demand look even smaller than it actually is.
Leopard 6 December 2017 at 11:29 pm UTC
Smoke39I'm not sure how useful this will be. It doesn't count people who dual boot but prefer Linux, and people who don't know about this feature may not bother wishlisting games they can't play (personally, I use the "follow" function for games I'm hoping get ported, and only wishlist them if and when they do). I kinda feel like this could actually make demand look even smaller than it actually is.

Agreed , since i was only wishlisting games with an actual port but if this can help a bit ; why not?
belisama 6 December 2017 at 11:35 pm UTC
Smoke39I'm not sure how useful this will be. It doesn't count people who dual boot but prefer Linux, and people who don't know about this feature may not bother wishlisting games they can't play (personally, I use the "follow" function for games I'm hoping get ported, and only wishlist them if and when they do). I kinda feel like this could actually make demand look even smaller than it actually is.

Seriously. Given that the wishlist is already kinda of unwieldy due to the complete lack of filtering, why would we want to clutter it up even more with stuff *we can't even play*? And what happens when a well-meaning friend/relative sees it there and buys it for us? :/ I'm glad Steam is trying help with Linux, but this particular plan is rather less than half-baked.
WorMzy 6 December 2017 at 11:41 pm UTC
I only wishlist games that are on Linux, since my less-techy friends and family often buy me birthday/Christmas gifts from it (it's either that or socks!).

If I start wishlisting non-Linux games, I'm inevitably going to end up receiving Steam gifts that I can't play.
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