Steam will allow you to play Windows games on Gnu / Linux

Steam for Linux

The Valve platform is having a lot of success and it is not for less because it offers a large catalog of video games for Gnu / Linux. Steam has a version for Windows, macOS and for Gnu / Linux although possibly in the not too distant future, there is only a single platform.

Apparently future versions of Steam will make it possible for Windows games to work on Gnu / Linux. This new feature has been announced and is already tested in the Steam development version.Like many Gnu / Linux users do, Steam will use Wine, an emulator that will have the client inserted in its core in order to offer this emulation. This will make any Windows game we buy or have usable on a Gnu / Linux computer.

What Valve offers with its Steam client is nothing new, but it does will make many users stop cracking their heads when configuring Wine for your favorite games to work on Gnu / Linux. Valve has already reported that several games are already compatible with this Steam functionality and that we can use it on any Gnu / Linux distribution.

Little by little, Steam will make all Windows games work and are optimized to work on Gnu / Linux, but at the moment they are not all. Although we have to say that within the Steam client in its development version it has an option that allows us to install any Windows game that is not within that games whitelist fully compatible, but this option is still pure wine, that is, it may or may not work.

I don't really know what possibilities this new function will offer, that is, if it will contribute something new to the ecosystem that Wine is not offering, but in any case it will make more than one user start to remove the fear of the Penguin platform, something that does not leave to be positive Do not you think?


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  1.   ProletarianLibertarian said

    Well, honestly, I would not buy a game knowing that Linux is not native and having to depend on a conversion layer that can give errors and slows down the execution than a native one. I think that in addition to improving Wine they should try to convert to Linux like Loki Games did.

  2.   Rafael said

    We all know that that means worse performance and integration with the hardware. I agree that the developer companies should work on it, so that the hardware is really used to the maximum, and more so now that the conversion to Vulkan is tending, if not, we would have to forget about reaching more than 60fos in FHD.
    It gives me that what Steam could finally do is to abandon the Steam version for Linux, if total, the Steam version for Windows could serve them in Wine. There are companies that do this, as with TeamViewer. I hope those of Steam do not do the same.

  3.   Joselp said

    Well, it seems like a very good idea to me, everything that is cross-platform compatibility, welcome. I have games from when I had windows on Steam and it would be great to be able to install them directly from Steam without having to hit wine directly.

    On the other hand, it is clear that there will be a loss of performance, but it is possible that with future versions of wine and if steam collaborates in the development and optimization of it we will have many improvements in this regard.

    Union make force!!

  4.   Joselp said

    You're wrong about the Teamviewer thing. On the official page they have versions for linux in both .rpm and .deb.

    I install it without problems in Mageia 6 Plasma.

    Regards!!!

  5.   Miguel Angel Rodriguez Sumoza said

    I consider it a great step, since players could one day stop installing Windows to have only GNU / Linux installed on their computers, although the ideal is that companies compile also for GNU / Linux distributions since this way there is greater compatibility and resource efficiency.