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Steam Play Proton - Bringing more window's games to Linux


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#1 OFFLINE   securitybreach

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 07:08 AM

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As a result of this work, today we are releasing the Beta of a new and improved version of Steam Play to all Linux users! It includes a modified distribution of Wine, called Proton, to provide compatibility with Windows game titles. Here are some of the improvements it brings to the table:
  • Windows games with no Linux version currently available can now be installed and run directly from the Linux Steam client, complete with native Steamworks and OpenVR support.
  • DirectX 11 and 12 implementations are now based on Vulkan, resulting in improved game compatibility and reduced performance impact.
  • Fullscreen support has been improved: fullscreen games will be seamlessly stretched to the desired display without interfering with the native monitor resolution or requiring the use of a virtual desktop.
  • Improved game controller support: games will automatically recognize all controllers supported by Steam. Expect more out-of-the-box controller compatibility than even the original version of the game.
  • Performance for multi-threaded games has been greatly improved compared to vanilla Wine.

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Also, speaking of.... It Looks Like A Steam 64-Bit Client Could Finally Be Near
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Posted 22 August 2018 - 07:15 AM

Oh and one of your favorite games is on the list Eric:


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Posted 22 August 2018 - 10:40 AM

Yup. STALKER is all over Steam these days. You can even mod them. Still, it's easier for me to just play in Windows. :)

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 11:01 AM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 22 August 2018 - 10:40 AM, said:

Still, it's easier for me to just play in Windows. :)

How is that the case? In my experiences, games run smoother on Linux than they do on windows.
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Posted 22 August 2018 - 01:20 PM

Well, for one... I don't like gaming on Steam servers. I prefer to install games on my system. And secondly, I've never gotten vid card performance in Linux as good as that which I get in Windows (on my system, anyway). Since I own all my games... Deus Ex, Call of Duty, STALKER, Far Cry, Medal of Honor, etc. It's easier just to install them from disc on Windows and away I go...

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 01:23 PM

I guess.. whatever works for you..
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Posted 22 August 2018 - 06:07 PM

Uh... yup. Sadly, nothing works for me today. :(

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 06:39 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 22 August 2018 - 06:07 PM, said:

Uh... yup. Sadly, nothing works for me today. :(

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 08:27 PM

Looks great and may try when a few more games are supported. The only things close to what I've player are Tropico which I played V1, and Bejeweled but keep that a secret. ;)
I'm currently playing Rise Of The Tomb Raider. On Windows.
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Posted 22 August 2018 - 08:37 PM

View Postsunrat, on 22 August 2018 - 08:27 PM, said:

Looks great and may try when a few more games are supported. The only things close to what I've player are Tropico which I played V1, and Bejeweled but keep that a secret. ;)
I'm currently playing Rise Of The Tomb Raider. On Windows.

Well I have 87 linux games on Steam and there is over 3000 linux games on steam as of last week.

Over 3000 as of 2017: https://www.omgubunt...games-available
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Posted 25 August 2018 - 10:01 AM

I gave the Steam Play a whirl on my Arch set up and it runs ok. I made the alterations to allow me to try out games not on the starter list.

I had to start and shutdown Steam several times before all my Windows games were available from Arch. Once the Windows games were available I decide to try out some games I have in play at the moment.

Alan Wake ---- runs well, has saves from Windows games

Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY ------ does absolutely nothing at all

Dead Space  --- Seems to start up ok, no saves from Windows games,plays first set scene with great graphics, but will not let the player move, so it is a nearly playable

Half Life Episode 2  ---- plays fine and has saves from Windows playing

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl ----- plays well, tried to add on a mod but the game then refused to start, standard game runs just fine

Serious Sam HD The Second Encounter ----- runs well, seems to be some slight crackling on the sound, no saves from Windows game

The Book of Unwritten Tales ------ plays well and has saves from Windows games

So it looks like this initiative from Valve will be a winner. As you can see from the few games I tried most ran well and I would imagine a whole heap of my other games will too. This is great as I will not have to start up Windows 7 so often.
The only down side to this is that you have to install the games for linux as well as Windows so you end up using twice as much space. That is if you want to play the game on both platforms. If syncing saves between platforms works then I think this is a great idea.

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 06:18 PM

And I just bought GTA V as it runs great with Steam Proton:


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Posted 03 September 2018 - 08:36 AM

It has to be ten years or so since I last played GTA. It sure has changed a lot since then.

If games like that play well on Seam Play on linux then Microsoft may have some serious competition in the gaming world. :clap:
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Posted 03 September 2018 - 10:01 AM

View Postabarbarian, on 03 September 2018 - 08:36 AM, said:

It has to be ten years or so since I last played GTA. It sure has changed a lot since then.

If games like that play well on Seam Play on linux then Microsoft may have some serious competition in the gaming world. :clap:

GTA 5 now has story mode and multiplayer. The multiplayer aspect is what is really cool.

As far as "Steam Play on linux", the problem is that the developers are still making the games for the Window's platform. So even though we can play a lot of them, it is still not really benefiting Linux and Open Source. These guys recently had a good discussion about the ramifications of this.


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 04:34 PM

Steam For Linux Adds 1000 Perfectly Playable Windows Games In Under A Week
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