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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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ProfessorKaos64 7 December 2017 at 1:13 am UTC
Liam, could.you reach out and check what will happen to existing wish list items? It sounds as if it is only from this point forward.
Colombo 7 December 2017 at 1:14 am UTC
Someone who developed this function couldn't think 5 minutes ahead.
qptain Nemo 7 December 2017 at 1:51 am UTC
I think this is a good thing. Seeing numbers of actual individuals pointed out gotta be encouraging, whether they're 100% accurate or not. You can't take the wishlist numbers of Windows users at face value either anyway. Not all of them will buy your game soon or at all.
Faalagorn 7 December 2017 at 1:59 am UTC
Remember that if you are worried about friends buying you a gift that's Windows only, it is possible to not accept it and it should be returned. But I know, it's flawed and I see another flaws people mentioned here. It's a good sign, but I really hope it will be improved! Right now I set my preferences to Linux only (had all the platforms before), and re-added a few key games there anyway, glad Valve are at least trying!
debianxfce 7 December 2017 at 2:17 am UTC
Valve should manage that DX9 and DX11 Steam games do run with wine-staging csmt enabled. Launchers are often badly made and DX games will not run when the actual game could. DX9 and DX11 game companies would get more customers when they develop for wine-staging. Porting games to Linux requires far more resources.
Salvatos 7 December 2017 at 3:42 am UTC
Exciting news at face value, but they do need to give it more thought. Hopefully they'll look at the feedback and come up with something that makes more sense for all use cases.

Although I could imagine that they don't care to count people who already own the games from other platforms, since those won't need to repurchase the game and won't help make ports profitable.
Traversy 7 December 2017 at 5:13 am UTC
I'm with @leopard
Time to wishlist some games I really want but aren't available on good ol' linux

- Nier Automata
- Trails in the Sky
- PUBG
- Rise of Tomb Raider (maybe, haven't even finished normal Tomb Raider yet)
- Street Fighter V (wasn't this supposed to be a thing?)

The main big drawback is that every time there's a sale, I'll get emailed about games I don't really want to get until there is a port.
Corben 7 December 2017 at 5:32 am UTC
Do I get this right? To show my demand, I should set my filter to show Linux only games, and then put games on my wishlist that aren't on Linux yet and I won't see anymore due to the filter?
So I would have to explicitly search for the game in the store and the put it on my wishlist?
Sounds a bit too complicated to me.

I like to have no filter, to see all games available advertised on the store front page. How should I else know about it, if not seen somewhere else.

I think it would be a better idea, to use either the platform you are on, when wishlisting. Or being able to explicitly set it through a checkbox...
BlackBloodRum 7 December 2017 at 6:18 am UTC
Linux: 2

Well, that's going to feed the Windows fanboys old saying "there are only x number of people using linux in the world"
wvstolzing 7 December 2017 at 6:44 am UTC
I feel a bit more guilty for dual booting now; I only filter out OS X, so stuff on my wishlist won't show up as Linux-specific wishes. On the other hand, they won't show up as wind0ze-specific wishes either; but still....
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