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Time for a weekend of testing as the next version of Steam Play Proton is closing in with Proton 6.3-5 having a first Release Candidate now available. Quite a big one too by the looks of it! Don't know what Steam Play and Proton are? Be sure to check out our dedicated page for the full run-down.

How to access? Proton 6.3 has an opt-in Beta branch called "next". Search for Proton in your Steam Library, right click and go to Properties. From there list select Betas on the left and in the drop down box will be the option:

The post detailing it from Andrew Eikum of CodeWeavers shows these Windows builds of games as now being playable with Proton:

  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  • Crypt Stalker
  • Dark Devotion
  • Dorfromantic
  • Far Cry
  • Hard Reset
  • Hogs of War
  • Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2020
  • Sang Froid - Tales of Werewolves
  • Secret of Mana
  • Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019
  • World of Final Fantasy

Various games should also see improved video rendering including:

  • Bloodstained
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • The Medium
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Resident Evil 2 (2019)
  • Resident Evil 3 (2020)
  • Team Sonic Racing

Plus DXVK got updated to the recent version 1.9, they've improved GPU device selection (now using DXVK's DXGI by default), vkd3d-proton for Direct3D 12 was updated with the latest code, controller support in Hades and many Unity titles was improved, plus fixes for the launchers of other titles like Conan Exiles, Funcom, CyberPunk 2077 and Darksburg and there's also an audio fix for Project Cars 3.

You can see the full post up on GitHub.

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Mohandevir 18 Jun
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: Mohandevir
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: fagnerlnEven with Linux on every PC, Proton fixes one of the bigger annoyance of Linux: Fragmentation.

I daresay that the whole fragmentation thing is a bit of a myth. For the vast, vast majority of games they ran on any distro, or could easily be made to do so.

"Proton" doesn't really solve a technical issue. It solves a customer experience one.

... Or a dev support issue... No need to support Linux, with proton it's possible to make the Windows build run on Linux with a lot less support from their part. I'm not sure that Proton will go away, unless Windows and Xbox disappears... It's probably what will allow us to play Bethesda games, for the foreseeable futur, considering their Xbox Gemepass and PC exclusivity stuff...

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/starfield-todd-howard-talks-exclusivity-on-xbox-and-pc/1100-6492977/

"You don't ever want to leave people out, right?" he told The Telegraph. "But at the end of the day, your ability to focus and say, this is the game I want to make, these are the platforms I want to make it on, and being able to really lean in on those is going to make for a better product."

-Todd Howard

Sounds like a PR speach with half truths, but... If at least Proton could become some kind of official Steam SDK, so that developers may officially support and test against it, it would be a good start. Hopefully, it's what will happen with the Steam Pal.

Such PR stuff is always half-truths at best. What they really mean is not a better product, but a way to make more money. I've seen it being completely impossible to run on a GNU/Linux system, too hard, the software just doesn't run, etc etc etc....and bam, Stadia, suddenly no problems to get it running.

...of course, the person you quoted has something to do with Fallout 76; even I've heard of the monumental failures of that, and I've never play any game from that series.

But anyway, even Carmack was musing once about improving wine being better, and that was in 2013 I think. I don't want it to be a standardised target however, for one particular reason: it will stifle gaming creativity on GNU/Linux. It will always be chasing what Microsoft are up to, and that will lead to stagnation in my view.

I can see why wine, or an officially bundled up version of it (aka "Proton") would be attractive to a lot of developers, and don't get me wrong, playing various games without needing to dual-boot is very nice, but I still vote for full native over wine any day of the week.

(And yes, I can "sound"/read as a bit ranty, even if I don't mean it, but I like to explain why I have my views. And none of this is right or wrong, simply conversation.)

What I wrote in my original post wasn't a wish of mine. I just stated what I think will happen. I would much prefer native Linux builds, but I'm resigned... It won't happen in the short to middle term, if at all.

There is a platform war that just got reignited, and PC gaming is the warfield, this time. Linux is a really small player in all this. Stadia and Steam Linux (Steampal) are probably our best weapons, if we have any.

These big corporations got the smell of the money, thanks to Valve that brought PC gaming where it is, but they just don't care about us.


Last edited by Mohandevir on 18 June 2021 at 11:08 pm UTC
F.Ultra 19 Jun
Quoting: fagnerln
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: fagnerlnEven with Linux on every PC, Proton fixes one of the bigger annoyance of Linux: Fragmentation.

I daresay that the whole fragmentation thing is a bit of a myth. For the vast, vast majority of games they ran on any distro, or could easily be made to do so.

"Proton" doesn't really solve a technical issue. It solves a customer experience one.

Isn't a myth, if you play GoG games you will probably find some barriers if you don't use Ubuntu.

Some games don't even runs on newer version of a distro, I had issues in the past with Ubuntu that a game needs an outdated libraries, so I made a lot of links to bypassing, but in the end the game ran but crashed.

Yes it's basically a myth, as @mirv wrote "could easily be made to do so" which goes back to your GOG games, the devs there didn't do what they could to make their games work on all systems and instead went with the default Ubuntu route.
Mohandevir 19 Jun
Google and Valve have much in common, on the Linux front, and there is an obvious form of collaboration between them (Project Borealis)... So, who knows what will come out of it?

https://boilingsteam.com/steam-on-chromeos-not-a-rumor-anymore/


Last edited by Mohandevir on 19 June 2021 at 9:26 pm UTC
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