Three years ago, Valve Software, the developer of the video game platform Steam (and big hits like Counter-Strike), announced the launch of a plan to improve Linux compatibility of the video game “only for Windows”That the company is providing that to the different users in the world gaming.
How this compatibility was made possible
Steam Play, a cross-platform client launched in 2010 so that users don’t have to buy a different copy of their favorite games for each platform, will be the key to the plans.
For this, the client will include Proton, a modified version of Wine (software used in Linux to run Windows applications) co-developed by Valve and Codeweavers.
What sets Proton apart from the rest of Wine’s videogame-focused fora is its Direct3D implementation over the Vulkan API: DxVK (for DirectX 911) and VK3D (for DirectX 12).
This translates into a noticeable improvement in compatibility that allows you to run a large catalog of titles, even when it is not officially available for Linux.
Proton, the key to video game compatibility
You are surely wondering how big is the width of the catalog offered by Linux. A few months ago, that number was about 1,000.
To get an idea of the current situation, one can turn to ProtonDB, an independent database that has been tracking compatibility for years through user-submitted reports.
If we evaluate the 1,000 most popular games on Steam (out of a total of 21,000 games with user-submitted data), 75% of them are considered “compatible” with Linux.
This “compatibility” rating is assigned based on a six-level compatibility scale, which, in addition to the base games, establishes ratings as “Platinum” and “Gold” (no problem), “Silver” (Minor number) and ‘Bronze’ (Possibility of related errors):
Unfortunately, as the chart shows, by evaluating only the 10 most popular video games, the proportion of these running smoothly on the Linux operating system it was reduced by less than half, only 40%.
If you want to check the Linux distribution compatibility of the games you have purchased through Steam, we remind you that Protondb has a search function that Linux players can use to search and check the status of each game.
In fact, to avoid having to review each game individually, you can also connect your Steam account directly to ProtonDB to see the status of the games in your library. In a minute you can get an idea of how many titles you can play on your Linux.
Valve is working on a new virtual reality set
The famous video game company would already be working on a new team of virtual reality that it would work on its own unlike its current Index. Clues about a new virtual reality set under the code name “Deckard” would have been found by youtuber Brad Lynch and later corroborated by the portal Ars technica.
According to what was found by the youtuber, a “proof of concept” of the device would have been developed in June and would include certain lines of code that would imply that the device would have a wireless mode that would use some internal power source which would allow it to function on its own, without the need to be connected to a PC, in a similar way to computers Oculus Quest from Facebook.
References were also found suggesting that the new headphones might have some measure of wireless connectivity, potentially via Wi-Fi, which would confirm its operation separately. In addition, the optics of the virtual reality system would have been updated, which would allow greater proximity to the user’s face and greater movement.
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