In a recent interview with Polygon, DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson said that the Linux operating system is one killer game away from having a major impact on gaming. He believes that the open-sourced OS one "killer app" away from that possibility.
"We strongly want to get into Linux for a reason," he said. "It took Halo for the first Xbox to kick off and go crazy – usually, it takes one killer app or game and then people are more than willing [to adopt it] – it is not hard to get your hands on Linux, for example, it only takes one game that motivates you to go there."
"I think, even then, customers are getting more and more convenient, so you really need to convince them how can they marry it into their daily lives and make an integral part of their lives.”
Who will make that app remains to be seen but Valve Software is banking on fans adapting its vision for a Linux-based OS with Steam OS. Combined with the possibility of custom hardware configurations designed with the OS in mind, a customized operating system dedicated to games and entertainment, a special controller that supports both traditional mouse & keyboard as well as modern controller configurations, and the ability to play those games on a high definition television, Valve is investing heavily in the Linux space.
You can check out the full interview with Gustavsson on Polygon.