Valve Breaks the Shackles of Proton
Valve has just updated Steam’s client (at least the beta one) to introduce some very welcome changes for Linux gamers. First, Steam on Linux now allows users to force the use of Proton even for games that have native clients. This is absolute good news, for multiple reasons:
So far it’s been confirmed thru various users:
Forcing Proton for native games that don’t work properly or are unsupported for any reason is a great alternative. The added bonus is that it will unveil how poorly ports are usually done when you can just install in parallel the Windows version and demonstrate it runs better than the “native” one… There are still games like Rise of the Tomb Raider where Feral’s port performs actually better than Proton, so Proton is not a one size fits all solution, but by far and large we have had more badly optimized ports than the contrary. Valve has made it possible to use Proton for non-Steam games, directly from Steam.