Star Citizen is a major 145 million dollar, crowd funded, video game in development which, supposedly, will be released in the near future. Vulcan is the newest Linux video game api (application program interface) that developers have been raving about and gamers have been wondering if it spells the end of Microsoft's domination of the video game market with their own api, Directx. The only advantage Microsoft has had when it comes to their Directx, is that they have been able to provide game developers with the latest bells and whistles and the tools to use them as video games have rapidly evolved over the last twenty years, however, video game graphics cards, software, and the entire rasterization process are finally maturing and unless Microsoft can produce entirely new and compelling bells and whistles that nobody else can there's no reason for developers to use their Directx and every reason to abandon them like yesterday's news for their tendency to monopolize markets.
Of course, Microsoft's specialty is providing interfaces and they are diligently working on their "Hololens" technology as a way to continue to dominate the market, but that's a shot in the dark if you ask me with all the competition in VR these days. Not least of which, is the popular video game distributor, Steam, porting their system to Linux and the Linux Kronos group releasing an open source 3D content streaming standard that the industry as a whole appears ready to adopt as the defacto standard. Other major video game developers are voicing the same complaints that Microsoft is attempting to monopolize the industry more aggressively than ever before with Windows 10 and we'll just have to wait and see where all this contention is leading, however, the list of reasons to ditch Microsoft altogether has just kept growing in recent years, while Linux is becoming more popular than ever.
Just as Microsoft made their fortune catering to the business community, Linux is now making strides in providing what the business community and gamers need and there can be no doubt that Microsoft knows their days of monopolizing desktops are numbered and they have already switched their focus to developing AI. Amazon and others are also moving into the video game market and, for once, the underdog may come out smelling like a rose thanks to the big dogs fighting it out amongst themselves so much that video game developers take their business elsewhere.
Edited by Wu Li Heron, March 20 2017 - 08:41 AM.