Linux Steam Beta: Linux system users who want to play games have more options today because of a new compatibility feature (still in beta) announced today by Valve, the company behind Steam.
Linux users will need to install Linux Steam Beta (Client) to gain access to the feature that brings games for the first time to Linux such as NieR: Automata, DOOM, Final Fantasy VI, and Doki Doki Literature Club.
About 3.000 Steam games support Linux inherently, but there are too many others that are not supported. Steam Play could change this by allowing developers to try their game at compatibility levels and then quickly release a version that is compatible with Linux.
The official follows company statement:
today we have the Beta of a new and improved version of Steam Play for all Linux users! It includes a modified Wine distribution, called Proton, and can provide compatibility to Windows game titles.
Steam Play uses Vulkan to view DirectX 11 and 12 and supports both full screen and game controllers.
This is a two-legged knife for Linux players. The new technology will definitely offer more choices, but there is always the risk that game developers will only start using it and stop making completely Linux games. Concern exists but this does not mean that most users will not enjoy playing with more games.