Two popular games should be much better on Linux and Steam Deck with the latest update to Proton Experimental. 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 latest update released February 28, here's what's changed:
- Improve Elden Ring performance. (we previously talked about it here)
- Fix Persona 4 Golden lacking audio in the cutscenes.
- Update Wine Mono to 7.1.5.
So you no longer need the special bleeding-edge Beta to get smoother frames out of Elden Ring, which is nice as it's one less step for people to go through.
To set a game to use Proton Experimental here's what you do:
- Search for Proton Experimental in your Steam Library
- Right click any game on Steam and go to Properties.
- Or for Steam Deck, go to the game's page and hit the COG icon to the right edge, then Properties near the bottom in the menu that appears.
- Select the Compatibility menu on the left side panel.
- Ensure the "Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool" is ticked.
- From the dropdown box that appears select Proton Experimental.
- Done. Enjoy!