How to Use Steam Proton to Play Windows Games on Linux

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There is no denying the fact that Linux games are getting better every day. More than 16,000 games in the Steam library can be played on Linux, thanks to the Proton compatibility layer, which translates DirectX commands on Windows into instructions understandable by Vulkan on Linux.
Proton is a really big deal for Linux, especially now that Valve is using the same on the Steam Deck that will ship with Linux. But how exactly can we use Steam Proton to play Windows games on Linux? Read more to find out.

How to Use Steam Proton to Play Windows Games
Activating Proton
1. Run the Steam application from the application menu.
2. Click on Steam in the top left corner of the app and then on Settings.

3. Find and click Steam Play in the sidebar.
4. Click Enable Steam Play for supported games and Enable Steam Play for all other title options.

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Now that Steam Play is enabled, you can start playing Windows games on Linux. Select a game from your Steam library and click Install. If you haven’t purchased any games from Steam, here is a list of the ten best AAA Windows games you can play on Linux. After the installation is complete, click Play to launch the game and start playing.

So, Can Non-Steam Games Be Installed Using Proton?
The short answer is yes, you can. The Steam app allows you to add Non-Steam games to the Library. All you have to do is Steam > Add Game (bottom left corner of the app) > Add a Non-Steam Game > Navigate to your game’s .exe file > open Add Selected Programs.
If your game is on the Epic Games Launcher or Ubisoft Connect, you can use Wine with any Wine frontend (Lutris or Play on Linux) to install their respective launchers and games. If the games are not running, try running them with Proton. Follow the same method outlined in the previous paragraph.
Games with anti-cheat mechanisms such as BattlEye and EAC are currently not working. However, Valve is working with the developers of these anti-cheat programs and promised that almost 100% of the games on Steam will be playable when Steam Deck is released.

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