More fixes made their way into Proton Experimental yesterday, with Valve / CodeWeavers fixing up some issues in a few different games. What is Proton? It's a compatibility layer designed to run Windows games from Steam on Linux. See more about it in our full guide.
For the November 18 update here's what fixes came in:
- Fix DEATHLOOP Game Update 2 crash.
- Fix EVE Online Client crashing on launch.
- Silence screen reader error when starting Forza Horizon 5.
- Silence AMD driver error when starting Age of Empires 4.
Sadly, Forza Horizon 5 is still having issue on NVIDIA. However, it seems one eager tester has found a possible temporary solution that works for a few others too. If you turn down "Deformable Terrain Quality" to minimum, it seems to help get around it crashing.
On the subject of Proton, for those interested in Halo Infinite, it sounds like it working on Linux with Proton is going to be a while away. Currently the Vulkan API doesn't seem to have a feature needed to translate what the developer is using in Direct 3D 12.
See the Proton Experimental changelog to see all the current differences to the normal Proton releases.
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.