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Valve add additional titles to the Steam Play Whitelist

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After recently pushing out a pretty big update to Steam Play with Proton 4.11, Valve have now added some additional titles to their Whitelist.

What is the Whitelist? Currently, this is the list Valve have accepted to be shown as a Windows game you can install in the Linux Steam client, without enabling Steam Play on your entire library. They are also set to a specific version of Proton by Valve, to hopefully give the best experience.

The new titles added yesterday were:

They did also add some special configuration options for GRID, METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE, QUAKE Mission Pack 1: Scourge of Armagon and QUAKE Mission Pack 2: Dissolution of Eternity. Even though GRID and the Metal Gear game are not whitelisted yet.

Valve don't seem to have a public list anywhere I could see, but thankfully SteamDB are tracking it here, which shows the above and all others previously added. There's now about 168 titles in the whitelist.

This is likely the list Valve will use to eventually show Steam Play on the store pages for games, how they do that though we have no idea as they haven't talked about it lately. In the original Steam Play announcement, Valve simply said "whitelisted games will not be offered for purchase or marked as supported on Linux on the Store during the initial Beta period".

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Maweki 1 Aug, 2019
Sam&Max hit the road? Are they really Proton-ing ScummVM instead of just using the native binary? That's amazingly stupid.
rustybroomhandle 1 Aug, 2019
Again it seems to be a wide range of underlying tech. I think internal testing and subsequent whitelisting have more to do with ticking compatibility boxes than anything else.

Gorogoa is a Java game, for example. It's also one of the most clever puzzle games I have ever seen.
Beamboom 1 Aug, 2019
Quoting: rustybroomhandleAgain it seems to be a wide range of underlying tech. I think internal testing and subsequent whitelisting have more to do with ticking compatibility boxes than anything else.

That's an interesting point of view! Maybe you're right.
Because I've always wondered why the lists are dominated by all these "insignificant" titles when there's so many bigger titles that could have been declared "all good".
Ehvis 1 Aug, 2019
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It is interesting how they select these games. The list appears to be completely random. As if they chose a random bunch of people to each find one or two games that worked without issues.
Dribbleondo 1 Aug, 2019
Still no Hitman 2 on the whitelist?
fagnerln 1 Aug, 2019
I didn't notice that Dark Souls III is on whitelist, it's a really good game, I recommend.
WorMzy 1 Aug, 2019
Hnnn, I'm really tempted to pick up Cuphead, but I don't want to buy "new" games to play in Proton. In my opinion it encourages devs to be lazy and treat Linux users as second class citizens (at best). I'd rather buy games from devs that actually support Linux directly.
Thormack 1 Aug, 2019
Yay, Fallout 1 and 2.

Too bad I've already played them too many times.


Last edited by Thormack on 1 August 2019 at 10:14 am UTC
Lycurgus87 1 Aug, 2019
Well until its a platinum or gold on ProtonDB I don't care how it works. Sure I prefer native linux games,(like civ 6 my all time favorite) but can't really wait for that all my games gonna be native (its madness).
Currently I play Mordhau and Divinity Original Sin 2 in proton and Owerwatch, Witcher 3 and League of Legends in wine / lutris, And I think its fantastic that these just work for us. Again don't care how..I just wanna play and enjoy good games on my Linux desktop.
Zelox 1 Aug, 2019
Darksiders 2 works for me now. It's a bit laggy and slow in combat, but at least it runs.
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