Tuesday September 04, 2018

The State of Linux Gaming After the Advent of Steam Play and Other Tools

Jason Evangelho has taken a deeper dive into Linux, Lies and Steam Play compatible video games. He touches on subjects such as ease of use when it comes to making Windows games run on Linux. Liam Dawe, of Gaming on Linux fame, assists Jason on his journey into gaming on the OS and it is nice to see actual sales numbers for Linux gaming from websites like Humble Bundle. Who knew that 20% of the games on Steam are now compatible with Linux? In the following video starting at the 7:00 marker, [H]ardforum Linux gamer extraordinaire @bloodyIron shows us how to setup a PC to play Overwatch on Linux.

"When it comes to playing Windows games on Linux, the first thing to remember is: it's never going to be a perfect experience. Don't go into it expecting something to work," Dawe explains. "Go in like that and you won't be too disappointed. There's software called Wine (https://www.winehq.org/) which you can try. PlayOnLinux and Lutris are essentially user interfaces to work with Wine to manage multiple titles with it, each with their own special script to set it all up for you."