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Proton GE, the unofficial build of Proton mainly for use with Steam Play (but you can use it outside Steam too - like with Lutris) has a big new release out with Proton 5.0 GE 1.

Why would you use Proton GE instead of the official version included with Steam? Valve/CodeWeavers sometimes take a while to update it and certain games made need fixes sooner that Proton GE provides.

So what's new? Well, a lot! Multiple parts got updated to the latest versions including Wine, DXVK 1.5.3, FAudio and Vkd3d bringing compatibility with Windows-only titles even futher forward. There's also plenty of fixes added for games like Far Cry 5, Monster Hunter World, Black Ops 2, Endless Legend, For Honor, the Battle.net Beta should no longer crash if your Winecfg is set to Windows 10 be sure to see the release notes here.

Installing it is easy enough too. Simply download the tar.gz package from the release notes (at the bottom), extract it and place the Proton GE folder into:

~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/

Note: The tilde is a shortcut for your Home folder, the dot before "steam" means it's a hidden folder.

Once done, reload Steam and it will be available as a version for you to force on a game when you right click and go into the Properties:

Want to get a DOSBox game running nicely on Linux through Steam, one that doesn't have a Linux build? You can also try Boxtron which had an update earlier this month.

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BielFPs 31 January 2020 at 11:07 am UTC
I'm probably the only guy on earth who can't install Proton GE, for some reason my Steam never detect the plugin.

But it's nice for those who can use it
somebody1121 31 January 2020 at 11:17 am UTC
BielFPsI'm probably the only guy on earth who can't install Proton GE, for some reason my Steam never detect the plugin.

But it's nice for those who can use it

I also had problems with Proton GE. In order to fix it i had to install steam-native, maybe it can fix your problem as well.
BielFPs 31 January 2020 at 11:20 am UTC
somebody1121I also had problems with Proton GE. In order to fix it i had to install steam-native, maybe it can fix your problem as well.

What steam native? direct from the site? I've installed through Manjaro repositories (and Ubuntu when I was using Mint) but no luck with both.
somebody1121 31 January 2020 at 11:22 am UTC
BielFPs
somebody1121I also had problems with Proton GE. In order to fix it i had to install steam-native, maybe it can fix your problem as well.

What steam native? direct from the site? I've installed through Manjaro repositories (and Ubuntu when I was using Mint) but no luck with both.

it's on manjaro repositories just do sudo pacman -S steam-native or install it using pamac

This will make steam use system libraries instead of the steam run-time ones


Last edited by somebody1121 on 31 January 2020 at 11:24 am UTC
BielFPs 31 January 2020 at 11:25 am UTC
somebody1121sudo pacman -S steam-native

Ok I'll try tonight, thank you!
Liam Dawe 31 January 2020 at 11:53 am UTC
BielFPsI'm probably the only guy on earth who can't install Proton GE, for some reason my Steam never detect the plugin.
As I said to another in Discord, are you sure you've not previously downloaded the pre-release builds by mistake? They're not fully built and need you to do so, the release builds (like this) are fully functional and only need you to drop the folder in the right place.
BielFPs 31 January 2020 at 12:32 pm UTC
Liam DaweAs I said to another in Discord, are you sure you've not previously downloaded the pre-release builds by mistake? They're not fully built and need you to do so, the release builds (like this) are fully functional and only need you to drop the folder in the right place.

I always get from cloning the git directly and put in ~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/. I also have Boxtron but no problems with that.

I'll try @somebody1121 suggestion later.
Rooster 31 January 2020 at 2:10 pm UTC
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Valve should really implement this into Steam itself. I'm no expert, but it seems to me that it would be quite easy to do.
Comandante Ñoñardo 31 January 2020 at 2:20 pm UTC
This version include a solution for the problematic codecs like WMF?
Liam Dawe 31 January 2020 at 3:03 pm UTC
RoosterValve should really implement this into Steam itself. I'm no expert, but it seems to me that it would be quite easy to do.
Implement what though? Steam Play as a system already accepts anything else you add into it. Steam also looks in system-wide install locations, so you can have a repository setup for updates to any external tools but none of that is up to Valve to do.
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