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GameHub is another game launcher available for Linux, one we've talked briefly about before, and it just recently had quite a nice looking update. Another easy way for you to keep all your games together in one place. Regardless of them being from Steam, GOG, Humble Store, itch.io, Emulation, Wine / Proton and more plus support for DLC from stores like GOG.

While we also have Lutris which is similar and Minigalaxy just for GOG, competition is good for everyone and I have to admit that GameHub certainly looks good and frankly the user experience on GameHub seems better and a bit less overwhelming.

Some of the new Tweaks you can find in GameHub from this release:


Super easy to enable tweaks!

Full changelog for GameHub 0.16.0-1:

  • Fixes for updated GOG and Humble Bundle APIs
  • Initial itch.io support
  • More UI customization options
  • Additional properties for games (command line, workdir)
  • Tweaks (automatically applies env variables and command line overrides depending on game's platform and compatibility layer)
  • Official Steam artwork as new images provider for non-Steam games
  • Bugfixes, performance improvements, updated translations

See more on the official site / GitHub.

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Kohrias 23 Apr, 2020
It is quite interesting that there is so much talk about Lutris (and rightfully so) and very little about GameHub. Any ideas why? Does GameHub have any shortcomings or was Lutris just faster/better with the integration of wine/dxvk?
Nanobang 23 Apr, 2020
Quoting: KohriasIt is quite interesting that there is so much talk about Lutris (and rightfully so) and very little about GameHub. Any ideas why? Does GameHub have any shortcomings or was Lutris just faster/better with the integration of wine/dxvk?

I'm pretty sure it's primarily down to GameHub's just the newer kid on the block and still building its reputation. According to Wikipedia, Lutris began in 2008 --- adding support for Steam in 2013. Lutris began life as an accessible, stable, user-friendly WINE (and now, Proton) tool.

GameHub has primarily focused more on being an aggregator and launcher for all games on a person's system than a WINE/Proton game launcher, something for which there was less need for not too long ago, I feel. Personally, I prefer the look and feel of GameHub more than Lutris, at the moment, though its WINE/Proton integration has been somewhat less than reliable.


Last edited by Nanobang on 23 April 2020 at 1:51 pm UTC
Ehvis 23 Apr, 2020
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Quoting: KohriasIt is quite interesting that there is so much talk about Lutris (and rightfully so) and very little about GameHub. Any ideas why? Does GameHub have any shortcomings or was Lutris just faster/better with the integration of wine/dxvk?

Lutris manages and provides different wine builds. That's a pretty major thing that I don't thing GameHub has at the moment.
kokoko3k 23 Apr, 2020
Well, Lutris provides custom installers for wine software like Playonlinux.
I don't think Gamehub does that.
Lutris, on the other side, is very ugly :(
flesk 23 Apr, 2020
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I use GameHub on my NUC, and I think it's a pretty neat piece of software. I don't use Wine for games anyway, so it alreade had pretty much all the features I need. It has a good filtering and search options, so it's easy to find a game I want to install or play from any of the stores it integrates with.

Itch support also works well in my testing, though it requires you to copy an API key from the website into the GameHub config, so it's not as streamlined as the other integrations. It also enables you to filter by platform, something the Itch client itself does not do.
seanbutnotheard 23 Apr, 2020
The SteamGridDB (etc) integration is one nice, albeit superficial, feature of GameHub (major props to the artist who made all of these grid images):

All GameHub needs is a "Big Picture Mode" and we could be building a SteamOS-killer around it! :D

Edit: the Itch.io integration is a welcome addition, I'll have to update and test it out.


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Vundult 23 Apr, 2020
My main issue with Gamehub right now is that you cannot use a custom proton version like Proton GE, which some games require to work.
randyl 24 Apr, 2020
Quoting: fleskI use GameHub on my NUC, and I think it's a pretty neat piece of software. I don't use Wine for games anyway, so it alreade had pretty much all the features I need. It has a good filtering and search options, so it's easy to find a game I want to install or play from any of the stores it integrates with.

Itch support also works well in my testing, though it requires you to copy an API key from the website into the GameHub config, so it's not as streamlined as the other integrations. It also enables you to filter by platform, something the Itch client itself does not do.
Game Hub wanted me to install the Itch client which I don't mind, but was a bit surprised about the requirement. Game Hub handled the situation really well though. It asked me to install Itch and restart Game Hub. It worked as expected which is always satisfying in that scenario.

Thanks for confirming the API process with Itch. I haven't done that yet. I suppose it works the same way for SteamGridDB and IGDB?

One of the features I like about Game Hub is how powerful the configurators are. On the other hand there is a learning curve. I need to become familiar with it. For now I'm still more comfortable configuring through the terminal.
Julius 24 Apr, 2020
AUR still seems to have the old version only?
legluondunet 24 Apr, 2020
Quoting: kokoko3kLutris, on the other side, is very ugly :(

Really?

I don't think so, it has a dark theme and you can hide left and right panel to keep only the thumbs view.



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