Some time ago there were reports in the network that Valve was working on running Steam games on Linux. Of course, this is about titles that do not have official support for this free operating system. Now these assumptions have been confirmed. Valve has just started testing the Steam Play client, which includes the Proton tool. This is a specially modified version of Wine, which has been refined to run Windows games on Linux.
Not everyone loves Microsoft’s operating systems. However, Linux fans, who are also players, have a difficult life. Most computer game manufacturers are developing their titles with a view to Windows. Few people have plans to devote additional hours of work to developers who would take care of developing and maintaining the game port on Linux. Therefore, the Wine project is very popular, which allows you to run Windows applications. Valve, on the other hand, depends on the fact that players using Linux should not be restricted in choosing games. That is why the company has been supporting projects for two years to improve compatibility between platforms. This shipment has so far been focused around Wine and API Vulkan. Now is the time for the next step.
Play with the Proton tool is a big nod to Linux players
Proton is a modified version of Wine. This tool was created in cooperation with CodeWeavers. It has native support for Steamworks and OpenVR. However, DirectX 11 and 12 were implemented using Vulkan. Support for full-screen mode has been improved, which no longer requires the use of virtual desktops. Valve also took care of the correct operation of all controllers cooperating with Steam. The performance of games using multithreading has also been improved.
The whole project is currently in beta testing. However, Valve has already prepared the first list of supported games:
- Beat Saber
- Bejeweled 2 Deluxe
- Doki Doki Literature Club!
- DOOM II: Hell on Earth
- DOOM VFR
- Fallout Shelter
- FINAL FANTASY VI
- Geometry Dash
- Google Earth VR
- Into The Breach
- Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
- Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013
- Mount & Blade
- Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword
- NieR: Automata
- PAYDAY: The Heist
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R .: Shadow of Chernobyl
- Star Wars: Battlefront 2
- Tekken 7
- The Last Remnant
- Tropico 4
- Ultimate Doom
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Dark Crusade
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Soulstorm
Over time, it will be supplemented with new titles. At the same time, the company encourages players to test the Proton tool and use it to run other games. It is worth noting here that the tool developed by Valve is an open source project. Therefore, all source code has been made available on GutHub.