Proton: how well will the Windows video game work on Linux?

Steam play

There are more and more native video games for the GNU / Linux platform, and increasingly higher quality video games are being developed. But you don't just live on the games developed for this platform or the ported ones. Sometimes you may need to use a Windows-only video game on Linux, and at that point Proton is your salvation.

Some good titles are only available for Windows, such as the successful GTA, and many others. If you want to play these video games on your favorite distro, you have a great opportunity using Valve's Steam client. This client of the online video game store is natively for Linux, but it integrates one of the most powerful components expected by many gamers. That's Proton ...

I have already spoken in LxA many times about the Steam client itself, providing a lot of data, as well as the Proton project. But today what I want is to show something very simple and simple, but that can go unnoticed by many. And it is the following ...

Do you want to play a video game that is only available for Windows? If you don't want to complicate your life with Wine, Play On Linux, etc., and you use Steam + Proton, you should know something. And it is how well that game will work on Linux? The answer is not simple, each of the video games can have one or another behavior, some work like a charm, others can generate some type of minor problem, and others will have major errors.

Find status in ProtonDB

ProtonDB video game state on Linux

And this is where I go. ¿How to know in advance? Well, you can follow the following steps:

  • Go to ProtonDB, a database with information about supported video games.
  • Up where the seeker is «Search games ...», you can type the name of the game you want to know if it will be good, bad or fair.
  • Now it will search the database and if it is available for Proton on Steam, you will will show details about him.
  • Click on the game that appears, if several appear with your search.
  • You can see status information Gold, Silver, Bronze. Okay, but what does each thing mean?
    • Broken (red): not working at all.
    • Bronze (orange): works poorly.
    • Silver (gray): works regular.
    • Gold (gold) - works well, may only present a few minor issues.
    • Native (green): 100% functional.
  • Also, you have a whole forum with users who have tried it and their opinions ...

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  1.   dani said

    Between Gold and Native is Platinum. It is not native to linux but it works 100%