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Valve, CodeWeavers and the community have continued updating Steam Play's Proton and now the beta version of Proton has another new build out.

Don't know what Steam Play is? See Valve's official announcement. In short: It will allow you to play some Windows games on Linux through the Steam client as if they were any other Linux game.

To avoid some confusion: The Steam Play system as a whole is still in Beta, Proton (Valve's Wine fork) which Steam Play uses has a "3.7-3" version which is the default, but you can also switch to the Beta version of Proton itself in Steam's settings (compatibility tool dropdown box) to get Proton "3.7-5" which was just released today.

Here's the highlights of what's new in 3.7-5:

  • Performance improvements for timing APIs in CPU-limited scenarios
  • Automatically capture mouse in fullscreen windows is enabled by default.
  • More display ratios have smaller resolutions available.
  • Fix a crash on old versions of SDL.
  • Fix for mouse cursor drifting in Deus Ex.
  • Debug script dump directory can be configured with "PROTON_DEBUG_DIR".
  • Further improvements to fullscreen focus and python3 compatibility.

See the changelog here.

Honestly, it's really fun to watch this progress. There's been such a huge amount of excitement in the entire PC industry over this, it's crazy. It's going to be a while before we see what kind of impact it has, but this does give it time to mature for any scenario.

If you're after help with it, you can join our Discord Server which has a dedicated "proton-gaming" channel. We also have an IRC channel which is #gamingonlinux on freenode. Other social links can be found in our website footer.

As a reminder, Valve did state to report issues with games running in Proton to them and not to the developer of the game.

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Sputnik_tr_02 8 September 2018 at 8:47 am UTC
Shannon_VanWagnerThis is absolutely awesome! So, the way I understand it - when we install games that use the Proton functionality, there's a report available for the developer to see that Linux gamers are actually out here. If that leads to more games being assured to work with Linux, then that's a win IMHO.

Another thing I was thinking about.. we need to get Valve to somehow let us bring in other win-based games to our Steam library to try with Proton.


Does anyone have a good suggestion for how to get a list of AAA titles that are working good with Proton? I'm looking to get my hands on some good games.

Thanks!

You can check Steam Play Compatibility Reports website and see the reports people submitted.
lucifertdark 8 September 2018 at 10:25 am UTC
Checking over at Reddit I found a link to something that could be very useful in the short term, for those times when the Linux port is less than playable compared to the original Windows version we now have Native2Proton.

edit: Actually I found the mention on Github not Reddit, so many places to look for Proton info now.


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lucifertdark 8 September 2018 at 10:35 am UTC
slaapliedjeFunny thing is, I think they removed denuvo from the actual game. I bet they just didn't update the demo... but why is it there in the first place?
They included Denuvo to stop people stealing it, then later realised what a CF it is & got rid of it, they didn't remove it from the demo because next to no-one interested in the game is likely to bother with it. Except us of course. ;)
Nevertheless 8 September 2018 at 2:33 pm UTC
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lucifertdarkChecking over at Reddit I found a link to something that could be very useful in the short term, for those times when the Linux port is less than playable compared to the original Windows version we now have Native2Proton.

edit: Actually I found the mention on Github not Reddit, so many places to look for Proton info now.

I just ask myself, does it count as run on Linux, or is it like using Wine?
Purple Library Guy 8 September 2018 at 2:45 pm UTC
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lucifertdarkChecking over at Reddit I found a link to something that could be very useful in the short term, for those times when the Linux port is less than playable compared to the original Windows version we now have Native2Proton.

edit: Actually I found the mention on Github not Reddit, so many places to look for Proton info now.

I just ask myself, does it count as run on Linux, or is it like using Wine?
Well, running a Windows game on Proton normally counts as running on Linux. I don't see why that would change just because an actual Linux version exists.
Anyway, most of the time you'd be doing this with something you already owned and had already played, or attempted to play, on Linux when you first got it, so it would have already counted as a Linux sale before you start with Proton shenanigans.
Nevertheless 8 September 2018 at 3:01 pm UTC
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lucifertdarkChecking over at Reddit I found a link to something that could be very useful in the short term, for those times when the Linux port is less than playable compared to the original Windows version we now have Native2Proton.

edit: Actually I found the mention on Github not Reddit, so many places to look for Proton info now.

I just ask myself, does it count as run on Linux, or is it like using Wine?
Well, running a Windows game on Proton normally counts as running on Linux. I don't see why that would change just because an actual Linux version exists.
Anyway, most of the time you'd be doing this with something you already owned and had already played, or attempted to play, on Linux when you first got it, so it would have already counted as a Linux sale before you start with Proton shenanigans.

Yes, right. That would be interesting for newly purchased games with a bad or empty Linux repo.
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