- Feb 17, 2016
Yes Linux has is getting more games than ever, but so is macOS and Windows and Windows is getting new non-VR titles at a rate of almost 5 to 1 over Linux. So there is no closing of the gaming gap in absolute terms and it's only getting worse. So no not a wasteland but also as vibrant as your saying.
When is actually comes to games that need GPU power to drive good performance, there's not a great deal out there for Linux. Beyond Deus Ex: MD and maybe Civ VI there's not much else for Linux that's been released on Steam in the last year needs much GPU power. In the VR depart, a couple of scraps in a year's time isn't growth. 4 games VR for Linux versus over 1000 for Windows? No one is going to spend money on a VR setup for Linux for 4 games with virtually nothing going on currently, not compared to Windows.
Adoption rates between the various operating systems are irrelevant, all that matters is whether the OS supports the games you like or not. Adoption rates are mostly a result of time on the platform. Linux is a relative newcomer to Steam so it's not at all surprising that it's adoption rate with developers is slightly lower. This is common sense stuff.
GPU power is dependant on a number of factors, with graphics settings, AA/AF and resolution being a few. Furthermore, as outlined numerous times in the past, many Linux ports utilise DX to OGL wrappers and the addition of a high end GPU can undisputably overcome any performance issues that may arise as a result, especially on high refresh rate monitors.
Your comment regarding VR is a blanket statement, I'm sure there's Linux users out there that enjoy dabbling with VR - As stated many times in the past, Linux users are also hardware enthusiasts, all that matters is whether one can justify the purchase of the hardware in question. My point related to VR support under Linux, and VR is not only supported under Linux, it's also showing signs of increased support as evidenced by the adoption of SteamVR Home.
People just want to be able to use what they need, want or paid for. Why should anyone be obligated to use something that doesn't fit their needs? That's not a cop out, that's life. Where desktop Linux works well for people and that's what they want then by all means they should use it especially if Windows or macOS are failing them. But as you said in your last statement, people like me simply have far too much that doesn't work well with desktop Linux. There's just no point in me running desktop Linux as a host client when so much of the hardware isn't as nearly well utilized due to the lack of software supported under Linux that I use constantly.
Saying "I'll use Linux when it's good and well identical to my Windows machine, but I have no intention of supporting it during the adoption period" is a cop out. If this is your attitude you have no intention of switching to Linux as Linux is not Windows and your whole argument is therefore a moot point - What you desire is never going to happen as your conditioned to Windows and there is no prerequisite for Linux to behave or in any way replicate Windows in usage or support.
Once again, your particular usage scenario is on the extreme end of PC users, if Windows works for you than continue to use it - But don't come into a thread refuting my points with blanket statements relating to an alternate OS purely because it doesn't suit your extremely niche usage case.
I also just want to use my PC do do what I need and I do that and more under Linux, Windows is not necessary at all and my usage case is not as niche as yours. I think it's fairly safe to assume that I represent the bulk of high end users on the [H] forums, not yourself with six SSD's and some obscene amount of games - And that is not an attack, you have an obscene amount of games.