…today we are releasing the Beta of a new and improved version of Steam Play to all Linux users! It includes a modified distribution of Wine, called Proton, to provide compatibility with Windows game titles.That was about a week ago.
Now booting up this Linux client. Along with that obligatory client reload to find out what I missed.
The very first thing I notice in my SteamOS + Linux library list is DOOM.
“Oh man, I gotta download DOOM again?” I cried. “Maybe I can restore from a backup.”
Indeed I can.
That is fifty plus glorious gigs of digital adrenaline restored in just under thirty minutes, and then later a one-hour boner crushing required update. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
It will be a little while before I can rampage as recklessly as only one can in DOOM.
Regarding the client, I much prefer using the native Linux client because Steam on wine is just not great. The store doesn’t work. Some menu options fail and this ubiquitous steamwebhelper crash that never goes away can get irritating.
The solution: Quit playing Windows-only games.
The list of SteamOS + Linux supported games posted is nice enough. Better than expected. Steam just gained +1 respect and a little bit of Karma on the side.
Dark Souls support is what I really want to see happen. Please make it so Steam.