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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 August 2019 at 8:41 am UTC
Sam&Max hit the road? Are they really Proton-ing ScummVM instead of just using the native binary? That's amazingly stupid.
rustybroomhandle 1 August 2019 at 8:42 am UTC
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 August 2019 at 8:49 am UTC
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".
Dedale 1 August 2019 at 9:03 am UTC
Which is IMHO another clue they have a long term strategy.
Ehvis 1 August 2019 at 9:05 am UTC
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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 August 2019 at 9:06 am UTC
Still no Hitman 2 on the whitelist?
fagnerln 1 August 2019 at 9:08 am UTC
I didn't notice that Dark Souls III is on whitelist, it's a really good game, I recommend.
Hori 1 August 2019 at 9:51 am UTC
Maweki Sam&Max hit the road? Are they really Proton-ing ScummVM instead of just using the native binary? That's amazingly stupid.
Valve can't really make changes to the files provided by the developer. And the developer (apparently) doesn't want to provide Linux binaries.

So, this is the only way this can be done.

Another way would be to make something completely separate from Steam Play that handles console games, and could load the launcher provided by the devs and just load the rom directly with its assigned core. This way they could bring quite a lot of games on Linux natively, AND they could implement this for Windows also, so that it would be much easier for devs/publishers to publish old games on Steam, since they could just upload the old rom and that's it.

The problem is that I'm not entirely sure if it's legal to do this as a third party, or if it is legal at all from some consoles.


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Hori 1 August 2019 at 9:53 am UTC
fagnerlnI didn't notice that Dark Souls III is on whitelist, it's a really good game, I recommend.
It is not just good, it is amazing. Praise the Sun!
WorMzy 1 August 2019 at 9:58 am UTC
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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.
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