So it wasn't enough that Age of Empires 4 from Xbox Game Studios was now playable on Linux, Proton Experimental has once again been upgraded to get Forza Horizon 5 off the starting line. That's right, you can now play the latest (and greatest?) from Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios on Linux.
That was the single change noted in the update notes from Valve for Proton Experimental for November 11. It should work across both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs now too, although it's all still experimental of course and currently multiplayer is problematic. Buy at your own peril for now but hey — a couple days from release is pretty damn good for the latest title to begin working. Have to hand it to the developers at Valve and CodeWeavers working on Proton, they certainly know their stuff.
See the Proton Experimental changelog to see all the current differences.
Need to know how to actually use Proton Experimental? Here's a simple HOWTO (as it's not complicated!). Make sure it's installed by searching for it in your Steam Library, then select it from the Compatibility menu in the Properties section of a game. See our quick video below:
For an explainer in text form:
- Search for Proton Experimental and install if not already.
- Right click any game on Steam and go to Properties.
- Select the Compatibility menu on the right side.
- Ensure the "Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool" is ticked.
- From the dropdown box that appears select Proton Experimental.
You can buy Forza Horizon 5 on Steam.