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Proton Experimental update fixes up DEATHLOOP, Forza Horizon 5 and more

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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:

  1. Search for Proton Experimental and install if not already.
  2. Right click any game on Steam and go to Properties.
  3. Select the Compatibility menu on the right side.
  4. Ensure the "Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool" is ticked.
  5. From the dropdown box that appears select Proton Experimental.
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4 comments

furfy 20 Nov
Forza still freezes for me.. Sadge

This NoVidia bs makes me overthink about my vcard preferences more and more, like literally buying AMD card solves so many problems to the point where NVidia wouldn't ever reach to that level at all with their half-working proprietary drivers.
scaine 20 Nov
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Quoting: furfyForza still freezes for me.. Sadge

This NoVidia bs makes me overthink about my vcard preferences more and more, like literally buying AMD card solves so many problems to the point where NVidia wouldn't ever reach to that level at all with their half-working proprietary drivers.

I don't know about that. It's often the other way around, although the pendulum seems to be swinging towards the open AMD drivers now. I wouldn't call Nvidia "half-working" either - I spent years on Nvidia and while their driver is closed, it was generally rock-solid.
14 20 Nov
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I am honestly tempted to get Forza if it works over Proton. However, running it via Proton is unsupported enough for me; I'll wait until the fixes get past Experimental. Another thing making me hesitate is I'll miss out on max graphics with my GPU.

EDIT: So I went and found a video where someone with my card actually ran through the graphics presets. Perfect. Looks like I could run it at High with a good framerate. That's good news.


Last edited by 14 on 20 November 2021 at 4:06 pm UTC
rustigsmed 5 days ago
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Halo has gone from not starting at all, to now getting access to the launch music, background wallpaper, Halo game mouse pointer - press enter to start game, but that is the extent of it - in the most recent proton experimental. Progress i guess.

AOE4 is now also running fine, earlier there were crashes 10-25 mins in and you couldn't advance no matter, seems to have been fixed.
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