Gone are the days when people would criticize Linux for its incapability to run games. Thanks to the vast open source community, gaming on Linux hasn’t been better than today.
Collabora is a firm that specializes in open-source consultancy and development. The company has been striving to improve the overall gaming scenario on Linux alongside Valve, sponsoring the work.
While Linux gaming still has a long way to go, thanks to the Proton compatibility layer, most of the games can be played on Linux. In fact, some of them run better on Linux than Windows.
For starters, Proton is a tool by Valve built on Wine’s compatibility layer. It has been integrated with Steam Play to make playing Windows games easier on Linux. As of today, over 73% of the top thousand games on Steam can run on Linux. These games include some popular titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, Dota 2, GTA V, Team Fortress 2, and many more.
Gaming On Linux: The Problem
In the recent virtual Open source summit held in Europe, Gabriel Krisman Bertazi talked about the state of Linux Gaming and what Collabora is doing to improve support for Windows games via Proton and fulfill Valve’s requirements.
The “elephants” in the room are the various anti-cheat mechanisms like Riot’s Vanguard in Valorant, which render Windows games unplayable on Linux. Gabriel expects to remove this problem in Linux Kernel 5.11.
It’s good to see Valve focusing on Linux Gaming and shows the firm’s positive intentions to make it better. Apart from that, Valve is also working with CodeWeavers to improve the Linux graphics stack.
With all the major firms stepping in and concentrating on Linux Gaming more than ever before, the future looks bright!