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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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Arehandoro 7 December 2017 at 10:53 am UTC
BeamboomBut I can't start adding games to the wishlist without knowing there's at least some talk about it coming to Linux. My list would be insanely long then...

It could be that there won't be a talk about coming to Linux without a previous wishlist with enough interests on it... We are creating a vicious circle that might end up on a spiral of death and destruction xD
Kuduzkehpan 7 December 2017 at 11:55 am UTC
However its a bit late for Steam; still its a new way to show developers how much our demand is for linux port/client
and still thanks to Steam employees.
DrMcCoy 7 December 2017 at 12:16 pm UTC
A quote dump from what I wrote on Twitter:

I like the idea of this existing, but I feel like rolling it into the wishlist is a bad idea.

My wishlist is already messy and neigh unusable with 200+ games on it and no way to keep it organized. Now I'm supposed to wishlist Windows-only stuff, making it even more laborious?

I mean, the wishlist entries don't even show the platform. So I have to double-check that before buying lest I accidentally buy a game I can't play.

Or get excited upon seeing a game on my wishlist while looking through it and getting disappointed a few seconds later.

Before this is in any way usable, I need a way to organize my wishlist. Creating sublists, filter options, fine control over sales notifications, ...

A single flat list is just an unwieldy mess when there's more than a dozen items on it.

Sorry for being so negative. I'm just not happy with the wishlist in general and I feel this exasperates my issues with it.

Especially since I feel I now *have* to do it to get my want for ports registered :/


Another point I only thought about later: this also means is that people might gift me a Windows-only game (I have been gifted games from my wishlist by some lovely people). Which would be unfortunate.

TL;DR: I don't think this particular implementation is all that great, sadly.
Philadelphus 7 December 2017 at 12:22 pm UTC
Interesting. I've had a few non-Linux games on my wishlist for a while, which I go check whenever they go on sale; I think there was one earlier this year that actually had been ported to Linux since I added it without me being aware of the fact, though I can't remember what it was now (it might not have actually been on my wishlist and was just one I was interested in, though).

WorMzyI 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!).
Your less-techy friends and relations use your Steam wishlist? Jeez. Wish I had a single friend or family member who was techy enough to realize I have one, let alone buy my something from it.

(Ok, my little brothers might be, but as minors sans credit card… )
Eike 7 December 2017 at 12:39 pm UTC
DrMcCoyMy wishlist is already messy and neigh unusable with 200+ games on it and no way to keep it organized.

I've got the opposite: My list is well-tended and I'd be happy to buy or get gifted any single game on it. (I only "follow" the other games I might also be interested in.) I fear those times are over now...
DrMcCoy 7 December 2017 at 12:45 pm UTC
Yeah, I do have a bit of a problem where I think "Oh, this looks neat. I'm gonna wishlist it!" quite often. Then during sales, I buy a bunch of them, but somehow always less than I added in the meantime.

And then I only seldom find time to play them.

Heck, there's even some games I bought full-price on release day that I still need to play.
Mohandevir 7 December 2017 at 1:43 pm UTC
EikeWow, that was the first news in the "Steam for Linux" group since "Portal 2 Beta
for Linux released" on 25. Feb. 2014!

I'm in the same group as some others: I'm using the wishlist as... *drums* *silence*
whishlist! I gave it e. g. to my wife so she could use it for a Chistmas present. Meh.

Yeah... Maybe they should had a category in the wishlist to classify games. Something like "Interrested in but not available on my OS".

Edit: Still I think it's a good starting point. Better than nothing, imo.

Last edited by Mohandevir at 7 December 2017 at 1:45 pm UTC
fryk 7 December 2017 at 2:41 pm UTC
I like this attempt of Valve to support Linux / Mac gamers. Sadly, this is (almost) only useful for people dual-booting as they keep an eye on both worlds ...
Mohandevir 7 December 2017 at 3:01 pm UTC
frykI like this attempt of Valve to support Linux / Mac gamers. Sadly, this is (almost) only useful for people dual-booting as they keep an eye on both worlds ...

Still, if like me, you are only keeping an eye on Linux games and you take the time to add Windows games to your wishlist, it shows that you REALLY want these games. It's not just a "Meh... maybe in a Steam sale..."

Don't know if the publishers/developpers will understand it the same way, though.

Already had The Witcher 3 on my Wishlist. Added Bioshock Remastered, Nier Automata, Just Cause 3, Metal Gear Solid V, Lego games (6 or 7 titles), Shadow of War, Doom, Wolfenstein... Must be forgetting some titles...
trex91 7 December 2017 at 4:22 pm UTC
I've got the Problem that I'm new in Linux Gaming (started to use it this year more then before because I used Linux on a Notebook and this notebook is not for Gaming)
Well I bought Games on my Win 10 Machine and could play it now it's more like what should I do with these Games I have?
I have pubg, Mafia 3 and other win only games I couldn't wishlist as a Linux (only) User. Also I think Steam should work together with the Wine Team to make it easier play windows games on Linux over wine.
Now if I'm adding the Games I "Really" want on Linux and they are already available I have to check every Sale if it's the case?
I hope they really do some fixing to this or I will still prefer the "+1 for Linux" or "No Tux no Bux" in a Game Board on Steam.
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