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After curiosity got the better of me, I decided to have a little fun checking out just how many popular games are available officially on Linux.

We’ve tracked before how many Linux games there are, we often give our opinion on various games in reviews, thoughts posts and so on. However, what about looking at how many Linux games there are as a whole when compared with the most highly rated games on Steam? Interested in the figure myself, I’ve taken a look over it all tonight. Thanks to the efforts of the Steam 250 website which tracks it automatically, we can find this out reasonably easily.

Before getting into it, just a note: I’m only counting games that are officially supported with a Linux icon. There may be some that have a Linux version but they’re not advertised on the Steam store for whatever reason, just to keep it simple.

As it turns out, there’s quite a lot! A lot higher than I was personally expecting it to be, it’s one of those times where I’m happily wrong. Overall, out of the 250 most highly rated titles on Steam as reviewed by users, 132 of them have official Linux support. Compared with Mac which has 156, we’re not far off there at all. Let's just remember how small the Linux gaming platform is compared to Windows, over 50% there really is impressive.

There are a couple titles like Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter and Left 4 Dead where we have the later versions officially. We have all the Serious Sam games on the revamped Fusion version and Left 4 Dead 2, so there’s possibly others like that.

Now, let’s take into account the titles in that top 250 list that do not have official Linux support, what about Steam Play? When comparing titles to their rating on ProtonDB where they have a Platinum rating overall (meaning they should “Just Work”™) that’s an additional 21 titles. These include games like Castle Crashers, Beat Saber, Orcs Must Die! and so on.

To put it all together then—Linux titles that are officially supported plus Steam Play titles with a “Platinum” rating together make 153 out of 250 of the most highly rated Steam games. Overall, that's a pretty decent number of highly rated games available to play on Linux.

There could be even more there, some titles on ProtonDB didn’t have enough reports to have a rating. I’m still surprised DOOM only has a “Gold” rating there, as it’s basically flawless for me outside of one windowing issue that was solved with a simple ALT+Enter to re-do the fullscreen.

The list is subject to change obviously, that’s just the state of things in January 2019. I will probably take another look at the end of the year to see how far things have moved either way if anyone is interested in me doing so.

Ps. By doing this it seems I helped the Top 250 website find a bug too.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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mylka 6 January 2019 at 9:29 pm UTC
is there a way to sort protondb by release date?
best rated is nice, but the important thing is, how new games perform on linux

just cause 4, hitman 2 and shadow of the tomb raider are playable, but 2019 has more games

metro and dying light. i still hope they get a native port
rage 2 uses same engine as just cause 4 and should also work with proton
doom eternal should be the same as doom and work with proton
and of course some unreal engine games. tropic 6 gets a linux port. maybe biomutant with proton
cyberpunk hopefully works like witcher 3

i am curious which games will work in the future and if developers already adjust their games to work with proton at least.... especially ubisoft
x_wing 6 January 2019 at 9:44 pm UTC
Many games that works flawlessly with proton are reported as just "gold" or "silver", when in fact they work exactly the same as in Windows (for instance, my girlfriend is playing a lot AoE2 HD and it has an error on the first run that is exactly the same that you get on Windows... of course, the game works flawlessly after running the windows workaround XD -- by now she has over 200 hours!!).
kuhpunkt 6 January 2019 at 10:27 pm UTC
QuoteThere could be even more there, some titles on ProtonDB didn’t have enough reports to have a rating. I’m still surprised DOOM only has a “Gold” rating there, as it’s basically flawless for me outside of one windowing issue that was solved with a simple ALT+Enter to re-do the fullscreen.

How regular is ProtonDB being updated? There have been some updates (like the now working Multiplayer) since the first ratings...
liamdawe 6 January 2019 at 10:31 pm UTC
kuhpunkt
QuoteThere could be even more there, some titles on ProtonDB didn’t have enough reports to have a rating. I’m still surprised DOOM only has a “Gold” rating there, as it’s basically flawless for me outside of one windowing issue that was solved with a simple ALT+Enter to re-do the fullscreen.

How regular is ProtonDB being updated? There have been some updates (like the now working Multiplayer) since the first ratings...
Well, ProtonDB is entirely based on user reports so they should always be taken with a pinch of salt. Still, it's the best indication we have as there's nothing else like it (outside of WineDB of course but Proton is its own beast). Going by the ProtonDB stats page, they get over a hundred reports a day across titles.
Userwithaname 6 January 2019 at 10:34 pm UTC
kuhpunkt
QuoteThere could be even more there, some titles on ProtonDB didn’t have enough reports to have a rating. I’m still surprised DOOM only has a “Gold” rating there, as it’s basically flawless for me outside of one windowing issue that was solved with a simple ALT+Enter to re-do the fullscreen.

How regular is ProtonDB being updated? There have been some updates (like the now working Multiplayer) since the first ratings...
In my experience, it only takes a day or two for them to include your report.
TheRiddick 6 January 2019 at 10:41 pm UTC
Overall proton running games have been pretty good, I do however wish Kingdom Come ran better with it, under windows I get 60-65fps at 4k (start town) and under Proton its like 45-50, tad low.
stretch611 6 January 2019 at 11:12 pm UTC
This is interesting... (personally, I would stick with the 132 number, but to each their own...)

I'd personally be more interested in the top 250 games being played. (I know you can see those games here: https://steamdb.info/graph/ but I'm too lazy to go through and manually count them.) Its one thing to rate a game high and then eventually get bored with it... Its a bit different to be constantly played.


There do seem to be a bunch of linux titles on that (currently played) list anyway. Civ V & VI, Factorio, Don't Starve Together, 7 Days to Die, Oxygen Not Included, Terraria, Borderlands 2, Rimworld, Rocket League... (Of course I see a bunch of the "not linux" like PUBG, Fallout 4, Civ III & IV(
wvstolzing 6 January 2019 at 11:20 pm UTC
mylkacyberpunk hopefully works like witcher 3

I hope it runs on vulkan; we'd then get near native performance. (I should mention, though, that apart from some stuttering, I get about the same performance for TW3 under dxvk, that I'm getting under native windoze. -- that's at 1080p/60fps; I'm sure it wouldn't scale so nicely at higher resolutions.)

Quotei am curious which games will work in the future and if developers already adjust their games to work with proton at least.... especially ubisoft

As soon as we have a solution for uplay under wine, I'm nuking my windoze partition. I'm not terribly hopeful, though. For every fix, there's an upcoming uplay update to break it. Also, the drm isn't the only problem with their titles.
Kristian 6 January 2019 at 11:38 pm UTC
CD Projekt RED are looking for DX programmers for Cyberpunk 2077 so Vulkan is not likely: https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/CDPROJEKTRED/743999681547993-graphics-programmer
mylka 7 January 2019 at 1:34 am UTC
wvstolzingAs soon as we have a solution for uplay under wine, I'm nuking my windoze partition. I'm not terribly hopeful, though. For every fix, there's an upcoming uplay update to break it. Also, the drm isn't the only problem with their titles.

maybe ubisoft ditches uplay for linux installations. on protondb some say the games work, if you crack them.
would be a nice move from ubisoft


KristianCD Projekt RED are looking for DX programmers for Cyberpunk 2077 so Vulkan is not likely: https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/CDPROJEKTRED/743999681547993-graphics-programmer

havent they said, that they finished cyberpunk already and are just bugfixing?
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