In 2012, Microsoft released Windows 8 with two big goals. First, they want to compete in the tablet space, a space dominated by Apple’s iPad. Second, the Redmond company wants to build a software ecosystem based on (revolving around) the Microsoft Store.
Valve realized early on that Microsoft’s success in this area could completely threaten their entire business model, and so Gabe Newell and his associates rushed to implement Steam development plans like this. a platform rather than just a game client.
In 2013, Valve announced SteamOS. And by 2015, the company had somewhat achieved its first achievements in strongly promoting the console space with Steam Controller, Steam Link and Steam Machines. While that effort didn’t result in truly significant commercial success, Valve remained undaunted. In 2018, the company continued to launch Proton, a compatibility layer that allows Windows games to run on Linux. The initiative has attracted much attention since then.
Now, after more than 3 years, Proton has made great strides in game compatibility through advancements in related technologies such as DXVK, which enables DirectX 9, 10 and 11 games. runs fine through Vulkan API. Amazon even plans to support the ability to stream Windows games on Luna via Linux.
This development is continuously updated on ProtonDB, and has just reached a major milestone. Specifically, user reports on ProtonDB reveal that up to 80% of the top 100 games on Steam are now running on Linux, and the extension is the Steam Deck.
Games here are ranked through a medal system, similar to those that have been used at WineDB for the past 20 years. If a game has a gold medal, you can expect it to experience on its Linux environment exactly the same as it does on Windows. Some typical examples include Microsoft Flight Simulator, No Man’s Sky, Back for Blood, Cookie Clicker, Dark Souls III, Stardew Valley, etc.
Overall, things are shaping up nicely and effectively from Valve. The Steam Deck is consistently well received, and compatibility continues to improve. In fact, out of the 21,244 games reported, 17,649 are still active so far.