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Two bits of major news to cover for the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer, with some exciting major changes coming in with updates. Don't know what Steam Play Proton is? Go take a look at our dedicated page.

Firstly, if you have an AMD GPU and you don't mind grabbing the latest development code for the Mesa graphics drivers - Cyberpunk 2077 should actually work on Linux with the new Proton 5.13-4 release. Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais mentioned that CD PROJEKT RED allowed them some early testing time to get the work done for both vkd3d (the Direct3D 12 to Vulkan layer) and radv (the AMD Mesa Vulkan driver). As an NVIDIA GPU owner, this makes me quite jealous as it seems my only other current choice on Linux is Stadia or GeForce NOW (unofficially - until later in 2021).

Additionally, there's now also a new Proton Experimental branch available which has the start of major architectural changes to Wine. This brings with it a plan to reduce CPU overhead and improve performance in scenarios related to input and windowing. Seems Proton Experimental is an additional version of Proton, so you would install it along side the other versions currently available for this compatibility tool.

You can find the Proton changelog here.

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x_wing 10 Dec, 2020
Quoting: massatt212what some of y'all don't understand, is if u don't show any support they wont waste their time, native or not toy should show support so they can see linux users are serious, but if some of y'all are like, im not buying a game cause its not native linux game, if i was a dev and i see that practice ill never make a game for linux and let y'all fight to make it work on proton without any support, but CD PR gave valve the game access to get the linux proton version run good at launch.

Just take a look on the number of people that are asking for CP2077 or Galaxy for Linux in GOG and you will see that they cannot have any doubt that a lot of Linux users shows their support but they don't give a fuck. "Keep buying so they notice us" just doesn't makes sense.

I really appreciate the work done by Steam but I cannot buy this game on release price by the simple fact that CDPR just doesn't care about Linux. Hopefully by the time I decide to buy it on Steam (with the best offer I can find) it'll work flawlessly on Linux. For now, I'll probably buy something else in order to congratulate Valve for their work.
Storminator16 10 Dec, 2020
Quoting: massatt212what some of y'all don't understand, is if u don't show any support they wont waste their time, native or not toy should show support so they can see linux users are serious, but if some of y'all are like, im not buying a game cause its not native linux game, if i was a dev and i see that practice ill never make a game for linux and let y'all fight to make it work on proton without any support, but CD PR gave valve the game access to get the linux proton version run good at launch.

Ill be waiting for benchmark videos on CyberPunk cant wait to see Windows 10 Vs Proton linux, GO GO GO

Linux gamers *maybe* make up 2% of PC gamers. I think us Linux gamers really need to get some perspective. Developers aren't chasing that holy, non-existent grail of getting that sweet cash from a target audience of 2%. Stop the FOMO. :D Furthermore, I would never buy a game unsupported for my platform. Because this day-1 scenario really sounds like the game is unsupported for Linux. My cash is better spent elsewhere.

Stadia is a nice option.


Last edited by Storminator16 on 10 December 2020 at 2:15 am UTC
The_Aquabat 10 Dec, 2020
Quoting: massatt212but CD PR gave valve the game access to get the linux proton version run good at launch.

good point at least we can agree that CD Project Red is not anti-Linux, because in the past, some devs deliberately sabotaged some games so that they would not run on Proton, since Proton started and with Wine also, we saw this happen multiple times.
Notice I say "not anti-Linux", they are not Pro-Linux ofc, kinda of neutral I think.
some people forget that in the "ProLinux scale" CD project Red is one of the good guys actually, just look at other stores like Origin, Ubisoft or Epic. I don't agree they care about Linux but not as much as Steam.
Mostly everyone is having a black and white perspective, world is full of grey areas, I'm now playing Phoenix Point which at sometime on the past had Linux builds, the game runs great with Proton GE and it uses Unity Engine which supports Linux, I agree better it's to buy a native game, but playing Phoenix Point I think imho is better than playing an EA game on steam, or better than buying a game on Epic Store and I mean come on there's a lot of people here that either dual boot or have consoles.


Last edited by The_Aquabat on 10 December 2020 at 2:55 am UTC
gustavoyaraujo 10 Dec, 2020
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?
Comandante Ñoñardo 10 Dec, 2020
The "Press space to continue" bug of Bioshock 2 Remastered seems to be FIXED in experimental Proton!!!
Linuxwarper 10 Dec, 2020
First off, any developer tries to make their game work on Linux through Proton is not against Linux. Regardless of how many people has wished for GOG Galaxy and Cyberpunk natively, you can't deny the market share. It's not enough to sustain native development of the scale that Cyberpunk is. This can't be stated enough. Proton is one of the biggest assets Linux has, besides quality native releases, to build market share.

On the subject of Proton and Stadia. I strongly believe Proton will always be the best choice if you care about gaming on Linux. Valve has poured so much into the ecosystem, and Cyberpunk being playable is yet another proof of that. You want native releases? Most if not all of Valve's games are natively available, including their big budget VR game Half Life: Alyx. And they haven't stopped improving Linux, their goal has been to make games as playable on Linux as on Windows. You may be buying a Windows game, but consider this..
  • Buying Cyberpunk gives money to decent if not infalable developers

  • These same developer are under GOG brand. GOG promotes DRM-Free gaming

  • Valve gets 30% cut. They are clearly spending money to improve Linux. So why wouldn't you buy on Steam

  • It counts as a Linux purchase when you play through Proton


Meanwhile, what has Google done as of late for Linux Gaming? Yes, Stadia is available on Linux but how can you be sure the reason it's on Linux is because their intentions are good? That they want to help Linux? I think they want to help themselves. Streaming does not seem like a difficult thing to provide for Linux. For any platform you need players for it to succeed. So it would be stupid of them to not support Linux.


Last edited by Linuxwarper on 10 December 2020 at 3:41 am UTC
aokami 10 Dec, 2020
Quoting: LungDragoQuestion - if I play Cyberpunk using a streaming service, can I transfer my save files once Nvidia gets its shit together?

Via Stadia: No

Via GeForce Now: Supposedly you're using your own Steam account, so you wouldn't even have to transfer, it'd be there.
(Nvidia just gives you access to a streamed windows device)



Quoting: LinuxwarperBuying Cyberpunk gives money to decent if not infalable developers
CD Projekt Red pushed crunch times for over a year now, and it ain't over, game is still full of bugs.
Devs may be decent, company is not. But I agree with all your other points.



EDIT:
Over a million concurrent peak players at launch, placing it top 4 most concurrent peak players on steam, within a few hours.
They clearly do not seek our money.


Last edited by aokami on 10 December 2020 at 3:56 am UTC
Shmerl 10 Dec, 2020
I think I know what's going on with installer size. It has all languages in it, while installed version has only the selected one, so it's smaller - just 60 GB for me. Or may be it's something else?


Last edited by Shmerl on 10 December 2020 at 4:12 am UTC
The_Aquabat 10 Dec, 2020
Quoting: ShmerlI think I know what's going on with installer size. It has all languages in it, while installed version has only the selected one, so it's smaller - just 60 GB for me. Or may be it's something else?
keep up us updated Shmerl would it be too much to ask for you to make a video? I want to know how the game runs on a 5700xt, that would give me a general idea... I would expect 20 to 15% less performance on my 5600xt I think.
The_Aquabat 10 Dec, 2020
wimpy did it again

https://youtu.be/nBH0iY-Jx6U

also here's someone running it on a laptop with nvidia hardware also

https://youtu.be/nnriBTc5v20
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