Steam Play now allows you to play Windows games on Linux natively: the beta is.
Sometimes what prevents (or makes it difficult to enjoy one or another title is not the price or our own device, but the availability they have for depending on which platforms. But today is a good day for Linux gamers in this sense, already that after two years of work those of Steam present today the Steam Play beta to make Windows games compatible with Linux.
This is intended to increase the number of titles available for this system on the popular video game platform, which already had a Linux version of Steam Play since 2010. Starting with a list of about 30 games, including popular titles such as’ DOOM ‘or’ NieR: Automata ‘, the purpose is to increase the availability and that Linux players access all possible games without resorting to other systems.
More games available for Linux
One of the ways to enjoy games for another system when you do not have a device that works with it is to resort to a bootloader, or what is the same, a system that gives you to choose whether to run one operating system or another with both installed on the same machine. This is not something very complex when the user has a certain level of computer knowledge, but it already means having both systems and changing each time according to what you want to do (and perhaps having a secondary system only for one program).
Hence, what they are looking for on Steam as they explain is that there is a Windows compatibility solution for the games available on the platform, so that the Linux user can run as a Linux game one that is actually for Windows, natively. In doing so, the Steam Play beta provides support for Windows titles, basing DirectX 11 and 12 implementations on Vulkan and adding native Linux Steam client support for Steamworks and Open VR.
They start from a list of 27 games which will be expanded as testing and development progresses. They explain that during this time users will be able to attempt to play titles not included in this first selection using an override switch in the Steam client and that Steam Play games will not be offered for purchase or marked as compatible on Linux on the store during this beta period.
Thus, the initial list of compatible games is as follows:
- ‘Beat Saber’
- ‘Bejeweled 2 Deluxe’
- ‘Doki Doki Literature Club!’
- ‘DOOM II: Hell on Earth’
- ‘DOOM VFR’
- ‘Fallout Shelter’
- ‘FINAL FANTASY VI’
- ‘Geometry Dash’
- ‘Google Earth VR’
- ‘Into The Breach’
- ‘Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012’
- ‘Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013’
- ‘Mount & Blade’
- ‘Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword’
- ‘NieR: Automata’
- ‘PAYDAY: The Heist’
- ‘STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl’
- ‘Star Wars: Battlefront 2’
- ‘Tekken 7’
- ‘The Last Remnant’
- ‘Tropico 4’
- ‘Ultimate Doom’
- ‘Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War® – Dark Crusade’
- ‘Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War® – Soulstorm’
Working so that the platform does not determine the conditions
In addition to this, the developers have improved full screen supportso that games will be scaled without interfering with the monitor’s native resolution or requiring the use of a virtual desktop. They have also worked to improve the performance of multithreaded games.
From Steam they clarify that it may not be possible to make a game compatible and that there may be differences in performance if it is necessary to translate the graphics API, but that there are no reasons for the execution to be slower. For those interested, the beta for the Linux Steam client is available for testing while development continues.
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