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Proton 5.0 for Steam Play released - it's a huge update (updated)

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CodeWeavers and Valve today released the big one many have been waiting for! Proton 5.0 for Steam Play is now live.

Looking to get started with Steam Play on Linux? Have no idea what it is? Be sure to check our previous beginners guide for some tips and explanations. We'll be keeping that up to date with any major changes.

This is a big jump too, with Proton moving from Wine 4.11 to Wine 5.0 bringing thousands of changes and likely increased compatibility once again. According to what's been said in the changelog, at least 207 patches from Proton 4.11 were either integrated directly into Wine upstream or aren't needed now.

Since Proton 5.0 brings in the latest DXVK v1.5.4, it also enables Direct 3D 9 to Vulkan by default now too. FAudio was also updated to 20.02, there's also improved surround sound support for older games and improved Steam client integration makes more games with Denuvo playable (Just Cause 3 now works but no saving, Batman: Arkham Knight, Abzu + more).

Overall, a very exciting update for getting more Windows-only titles playable easily on Linux through the native Steam client. Enabling more people to try out Linux and not lose access to their vast library of games.

Full changelog can be found here.

Note: If Proton 5.0 doesn't appear, you can try reloading Steam. It will also download it when you first load a game with it forced as the version for it.

Update 13/03/20 Proton 5.0-2 is out as a minor release:

  • Fix frequent crash introduced in Proton 5.0-1 related to video and audio playback.
  • Fix Planet Coaster crash on launch.
  • Fix Subnautica graphical issue.
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cookiEoverdose 8 Feb, 2020
Tales of Berseria works now out of the box :)
dubigrasu 8 Feb, 2020
Quoting: NightwingD9VK doesn't work for me, but DXVK (dx10,dx11) works well, anyone can help?
When I play old dx9 games, games don't lunch.

OS: Linux Mint 19.3
GPU: RX480
Driver: Mesa from Padoka Stable PPA
For some old (32bit) games you might need the respective Vulkan driver, probably something like mesa-vulkan-drivers:i386.
Nezchan 8 Feb, 2020
Huh, tried out Skyrim (original edition with mods), and when I quit to actually exited the program! In the past, the process continued running when I tried to do that.

Wonder if Banished works without tweaking the sound now?
svartalf 8 Feb, 2020
Quoting: denyasisWoa woa.... Surround sound? Since when did Linux support that?

All I could ever do was mirror stereo to the rear speakers...

That's because it wasn't an easy configurable item. None of the distros bothered to do the things described here:

Been around for a while- but when your titles (Mostly open source with a few exceptions until recently- and none of the titles I did had surround capabilities...) didn't support wasn't as much of a pressing issue.
svartalf 8 Feb, 2020
Quoting: mirvPersonally I find vanilla Wine + DXVK runs better for me anyway, but many of the fixes going into new "Proton" releases are probably already in the version of Wine I'm using.

In many cases, it was a joint venture between the Wine Devs, Codeweavers, and Valve that they happened in the first place.
herbert 8 Feb, 2020
Quoting: cookiEoverdoseTales of Berseria works now out of the box :)

You made my day! Was looking to buy this game for a while.
By any chance, Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes should work too!

Last edited by herbert on 8 February 2020 at 10:47 pm UTC
jens 8 Feb, 2020
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Very nice release, a bit unexpected for me, I thought Valve would wait for 5.2 like they did with Wine 4 ;)
Next to the actual improvements the git repositories for DXVK, Wine and I guess others are now properly rebased against upstream. This makes it much easier to see the changes Valve did since all downstream work is applied on top of upstream commits. This also make the DXVK version string useful again ;)

PS: Arkham Knight also crashes on my machine in certain situations like using the hook, though having it starting now is already a big improvement. Next big thing I'm hoping for is Read Dead Redemption 2...

Last edited by jens on 8 February 2020 at 6:44 pm UTC
ShinyaOsen 8 Feb, 2020
God Eater 1 and 2 now launch with proton but the game has bad frame times and will crash often at least on my laptop haven't tested on my computer

Last edited by ShinyaOsen on 8 February 2020 at 7:49 pm UTC
Stoney_Fish 8 Feb, 2020
Quoting: Jiskin
Quoting: cookiEoverdoseTales of Berseria works now out of the box :)

You made my day! Was looking to buy this game for a while.
By any chance, Metal Gear Solide Ground Zeros should works toi!

Just tried METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES , it did not start for me.
Koopacabras 8 Feb, 2020
Quoting: SirBubblesSo does anyone have Arkham Knight thinking that it's cracked, when run through Proton? You'll know because you're unable to use the grappling hook, and thus be a little more than screwed. This is apparently an anti-crack measure, but I never saw it whilst running the game through wine steam, so it's a little concerning.

I also have this problem grappling hook doesn't work rebinding the shortcut key doesn't work. Running Kubuntu 19.10 here.
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