How to play anything on Linux via Steam Play
Games / / December 19, 2019
Some users keeps on switching to Linux is one unpleasant fact: in the OS few games. Of course, the situation began to improve when ported Valve Steam, but still far from ideal.
Many developers create native versions of its games for Linux, but mostly engaged in this small indie studio. With the AAA-titles all is much sadder.
Luckily, Valve takes care of Linux users. Recently, the beta-test out a new feature Steam called Steam Play, which allows you to run Windows games on Linux. 'S try it in practice.
Install the Steam Installer. The most popular Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu or Mint, you can do so through the "app store" or the "Program Manager" in Manjaro. You can also download and install Steam through the DEB-file official page.
Finally, if you're cool and Linux users prefer to use the command line, simply type in a terminal the following command:
sudo apt install steam-installer
After installing Steam, open the main menu and wait for it to download all the necessary updates.
Steam prompts to enter your account. Do it, or create a new one if you do not yet have.
Now you can buy and download the game from Steam for Linux in the same way as is done in Windows. In principle, the launch titles of the native support for Linux is available without any additional configuration. View a list of these games can be shop. Those that are marked with steamos, and go perfectly on Linux (which is logical, since steamos based on Debian).
But you after all this is not enough, is not it? Now we activate the option that will play on Linux in Windows-titles.
The inclusion of Steam Play
Steam Play includes Proton. This is the changed version of Valve Wine - an application that can run Windows programs on Linux without emulators and virtual machines.
Open your Steam client settings. To do this, select the Steam → «Settings" on the top menu bar.
Locate the section of settings Steam Play (he was the last in the list of options). Turn Enable Steam Play for supported titles. This option will allow you to play Windows-games, Valve officially approved to run on Linux. Among them Doom, Final Fantasy VI, Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword, Payday: The Heist and so on. View full list can be thematically community. Not much, but it's only the beginning. List of gradually increasing, and in addition, the Steam Play There is another interesting option.
Include the following setting Enable Steam Play for all titles, and Steam will attempt to run in Linux, all Windows-games from your library, even if they are not officially supported Steam Play.
After saving the Steam client setup prompts you to restart. Confirm the action.
Now you can open all the video games for Windows on Linux. Note that this feature is still under development. Some titles may not function properly or show poor performance.
On the site ProtonDB Statistics collected by Windows-games that run on Linux. Each has its status: "Bronze", "Silver", "Gold" and "Platinum" - depending on how well it works on Linux.
Users report that no problems playing on Linux in "The Witcher 3», Dark Souls 3, Skyrim, Tekken 7, Phantom Pain, Cuphead, Doom and Wolfenstein. Try searching in the database ProtonDB your favorite game and see if it works well with others.
The only thing that upsets: until that Valve has no plans to deploy similar capabilities on Steam for MacOS.
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