Valve’s Proton 8 now makes Forspoken and Dead Space Remake playable on Linux

Published: Apr 17th 2023, 18:55 GMT   Comments

Proton 8 released

“The biggest release to date”.

Proton is a compatibility layer developed by Valve that enables Windows games to be played on Linux. It is a collection of software that extends popular API translation layer called Wine. The layer is based on the Vulkan API that provides high-performance and low overhead, making it a good choice for gaming.

Proton implements the Windows API using Vulkan and other open-source libraries, allowing Windows games to run on Linux without the need for a virtual machine or dual-boot setup. Proton is included in Valve’s Steam Play feature, which allows Linux users to play a large library of Windows games on their Linux machines. By far the biggest use of Proton can be seen in Steam Deck, which uses a custom SteamOS system based on Linux.

The latest version 8.0 is said to be the biggest update to date, claims Pierre-Loup Griffais from Valve. It now supports some titles such as Forspoken or Dead Space Remake:

The full list of now playable games with Proton 8:

  • Forspoken
  • Samurai Maiden
  • Dead Space (2023)
  • Creativerse
  • Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
  • Atelier Meruru
  • Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings~
  • Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX
  • Blue Reflection
  • Atelier Rorona ~The Alchemist of Arland~ DX
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • ToGather:Island
  • WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Ultimate Definitive Edition
  • Exceed – Gun Bullet Children
  • Gungrave G.O.R.E.
  • Chex Quest HD

For Steam Deck users there are now at least 3 thousand games supported through Proton with over 8710 games labelled as playable. The full list of supported games can be found on a website called ProtonDB.

The Vulkan 1.3 API is supported by a wide range of GPUs, such as NVIDIA Maxwell or Radeon 200 series and later. You can find the full list here.

Source: Proton (Github)

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