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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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gojul 19 Oct, 2020
Death Stranding starts but freezes really often. I hope they fix it soon.
Corben 21 Oct, 2020
Quoting: ArtenGreat! With 5.0 Everspace 2 closed beta didn't even run. Now i can get into menu, but don't have time to try if i can get further :-(
ES2 closed beta did run with 5.0 (at least for me), but it needed some tinkering. E.g. you had to set the Proton prefix to Win7, otherwise audio didn't work. Which then breaks DX12 for the game, but you could add the Launch parameter '-dx11'.
Also no video playback. Still not with 5.13, but if you set the prefix to win10 again, DX12 works now with pretty good performance (again, at least for me, and 5.13 fixes that audio issue).
Haven't found a workaround to get media foundation to work with Proton 5.13 yet, so I'm using Proton 5.9-GE-8-ST (or 5.11-GE3-MF), with prefix set to win7 and '-dx11' parameter. Game is very much playable with this on my setup.


Last edited by Corben on 21 October 2020 at 10:55 am UTC
Nanobang 22 Oct, 2020
Quoting: BogomipsNever had real problems with borderlands 3 once everything is set (mf-install/cab and proton 4).

The big --- and ongoing --- hitch for me has been the lack of online play, unless that's been fixed and I missed it. I'm not really sure what constitutes a 'Gold' rating on ProtonDB nowadays. I couldn't find a current set of definitions at PDB just now.

A 'Gold' rating used to mean that a game ran perfectly with just a few tweaks, whereas a 'Silver' rating was something like the game was playable after tweaks but still had issues. Lack of online play and continuing complaints of stuttering would rate Borderlands 3 a 'Silver' by that reckoning.

At some point I'll be able to play it on my Linux box, of that I feel certain. ;)
Nanobang 22 Oct, 2020
Quoting: ageres
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.

Sorry, but, the EGS version? Does online play work on that?
ageres 22 Oct, 2020
Quoting: NanobangSorry, but, the EGS version? Does online play work on that?
I didn't play online.
Comandante Ñoñardo 25 Oct, 2020
Games refused to work via Proton 5.13 until I removed gtk3-nocsd with

 
sudo apt purge gtk3-nocsd


Thanks Kisak-Valve for this.
jens 25 Oct, 2020
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Oh men, why do packages likes this, which are clearly stated as hack, even end up in official repositories

Anyway, good finding!


Last edited by jens on 25 October 2020 at 9:01 am UTC
dpanter 25 Oct, 2020
Quoting: Comandante Ñoñardopurge gtk3-nocsd
Note: Ubuntu specific as far as I can tell from a number of bug reports in the last few days.
scaine 25 Oct, 2020
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Quoting: dpanter
Quoting: Comandante Ñoñardopurge gtk3-nocsd
Note: Ubuntu specific as far as I can tell from a number of bug reports in the last few days.

It doesn't exist in Mint 20 by default. I've just re-installed my laptop, so this is a pretty clean install though. Perhaps other apps pull it in.
Bogomips 26 Oct, 2020
Quoting: Nanobang
Quoting: BogomipsNever had real problems with borderlands 3 once everything is set (mf-install/cab and proton 4).

The big --- and ongoing --- hitch for me has been the lack of online play, unless that's been fixed and I missed it. I'm not really sure what constitutes a 'Gold' rating on ProtonDB nowadays. I couldn't find a current set of definitions at PDB just now.

A 'Gold' rating used to mean that a game ran perfectly with just a few tweaks, whereas a 'Silver' rating was something like the game was playable after tweaks but still had issues. Lack of online play and continuing complaints of stuttering would rate Borderlands 3 a 'Silver' by that reckoning.

At some point I'll be able to play it on my Linux box, of that I feel certain. ;)

I had network's problems at first but I solved them somehow between starting other borderlands games and connecting to the SHiFT network and switching back to Proton 4 at the time.

And I managed to fully finish the game with friends in coop (before the last 2 DLCs of the season pass) with only lags because of streaming textures when loading new areas (so annoying 30 seconds where nothing can be done at 10 fps while friends had no problems at all) to achieve a 70 fps when everything was loaded on medium to low settings with my setup.

So it was a pain at first but decently playable afterwards, so, not just few tricks but not unachievable either if instructions were followed properly.

Once again for me and mileage may vary a lot and I haven't really played since then, I can just confirm that the network is still available and the game can start and load but I haven't tried the transitions with video playback with the new proton…
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