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Valve has released Proton 5.13-1 for testing, this compatibility layer for Steam Play brings with it many advancements for getting more Windows games working on Linux.

This is the first proper public release of Proton since 5.0-9 back in June, while they also had 5.0-10 left in testing back in July so no doubt this will be very exciting for fans of Proton. However, it seems this is being classed as a Beta release. If you're not clear on what Proton and Steam Play are, be sure to check out our constantly updated dedicated page.

Before getting started, be aware this comes with a known issue with controllers / gamepads where hotplugging is currently broken in some titles. Apart from that, it sounds like a huge release including lots of new playable titles like: Red Dead Redemption 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, DEATH STRANDING, Sea of Thieves, Age of Empires III, Call of Duty: WWII, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and others.

Even more came with it though, there's better Steam client integration to fix Call of Duty titles, Spelunky 2, Torchlight III, Path of Exile and RPG Maker MZ. Video Playback is a big one, a constant nuisance for Proton and that's been worked on also with improved support for older video libraries and work continues on newer video libraries. Additionally titles like Halo 3, Beyond: Two Souls and Tomb Raider 2 should see better audio playback.

They also upgraded the Direct3D 9/10/11 to Vulkan layer DXVK to 1.7.2, FAudio to 20.10, pulled in the latest Direct3D 12 to Vulkan code from vkd3d-proton and they're even now building it against the next generation of the Steam Linux Runtime too. If you have more than one monitor, rejoice, as they also mentioned "improved" support for that too.

The version of Wine that Proton is based upon, as the version suggests, has also been bumped up to Wine 5.13 and they said at least 256 of their changes from Proton 5.0 have either been up-streamed or they're just not needed.

Full changelog can be found here. You may need to manually install it in Steam, it will show up as Proton 5.13 in the Tools section in your Steam Library. You can then select to force it onto games individually to test with by right clicking on a game, going to Properties and then the Steam Play section at the bottom:

Note: if you're having issues, ensure you have "Steam Linux Runtime - Soldier" installed on Steam. Just search for it in your Steam Library in Tools. You can find a list of other currently known issues here.

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Keyrock 16 Oct
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Yes! Finally!


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TheRiddick 16 Oct
Something odd about this proton, it doesn't copy files into the compatdata area anymore, infact only makes the folder but ignores all else.. Seems its using a universal proton folder? who knows where.

OH, that is very odd. Its using the .wine folder. Could be a issue with compatibility add-in none-steam-games.


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ageres 16 Oct
Quoting: NanobangHere's hoping that this fixes Borderlands 3 at last!

Just kidding, there's no hope of that. LOL! It's as messed up as its gold rating on ProtonDB.

I'm crying inside.
Doesn't it work? I played the EGS version on launch, it ran fine.
Well, this is a surprise. This new version of Proton runs Doom Eternal correctly for my machine, whereas with previous versions (even Glorious Eggroll editions), it would freeze up on the intro screen with the bouncing cube thing. Not with 5.13-1. The game runs smoothly so far, and I can run it at 4k with high settings without problems.

I'll have to see how well it runs other Windows games, though...
ageres 16 Oct
I've beaten the first level of CoD: WWII, it runs great, except for slowdowns during playing video clips. I'll try its multi-player mode later, but I doubt I would find a match, considering that this game isn't even in the Top 100 on Steam. Modern AAA games sell millions of copies at launch day, yet they are instantly dead as soon as a new game releases. Meanwhile I launch 20 years old Counter-Strike and see hundreds of full servers nearby.
scaine 16 Oct
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Quoting: ShinyaOsenAll the blazblue games now launch video doesnt work in any of them. Calamity trigger and Continuum shift extended have a resolution problem on first launch but you can still see and get to the option menu to fix it. I cant get MF plat to install for some reason to get video in Centralfiction, the rest of the games use quartz from what i could find.

MF-Install is deprecated now, it's replaced by non-patent infringing work in Wine itself. ProtonGE has backported that work for a while, but Proton 5.13 is the first official version to include the new libraries.

I think you can still install mf-install into such a container, but no idea what results you'll get.
whizse 16 Oct
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Quoting: TheRiddickSomething odd about this proton, it doesn't copy files into the compatdata area anymore, infact only makes the folder but ignores all else.. Seems its using a universal proton folder? who knows where.

OH, that is very odd. Its using the .wine folder. Could be a issue with compatibility add-in none-steam-games.
Not sure I follow? I forced a Proton 5.13 run for a new title, and it seems to be creating and populating a compatdata dir just as before?

I do have a problem with all non-steam titles running through Steam. None of them work with 5.13, it doesn't even try to upgrade the prefix.
Rooster 17 Oct
Quoting: VavooonAlso wondering whether RDR2 works.

BTW this release also includes fix for flickering textures in Just Cause 3 so it's also playable now.

Checked protondb today and it seems it works very well now, without any tweaking (aside from having to kill rdr2.exe process before starting the game):

https://www.protondb.com/app/1174180
jens 17 Oct
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Quoting: Rooster
Quoting: VavooonAlso wondering whether RDR2 works.

BTW this release also includes fix for flickering textures in Just Cause 3 so it's also playable now.

Checked protondb today and it seems it works very well now, without any tweaking (aside from having to kill rdr2.exe process before starting the game):

https://www.protondb.com/app/1174180

I tried RDR2 briefly yesterday, it worked here even without pausing or killing the rdr2 process. I had to do this earlier, but not anymore. I didn't created a new prefix, but just let Proton update my existing prefix shich worked just fine.
slapin 17 Oct
Looks like this version of proton totally broken, it can't run any games and can't create logs.
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