The Steam client for Linux can now run video games in a special container


El Valve's Steam Beta Linux client has added a new way of running video games on your GNU / Linux distro, and it does so through a special container. It is something that was already being hinted at for a while, since the new Steam library was implemented. You can now use this feature if you install the Steam Linux Runtine from the game client tools menu.

This new feature is very interesting, although it is experimental. And it's that interesting because allows better isolation of games from the host system as Valve's own Steam developers have commented, especially Timothee Besset. This will help Valve put older game titles on newer distributions (with newer libraries and compilers) in its catalog, allowing developers to more easily test their creations and reduce labor time.

To use it, as I said, you can activate it from the Steam client for Linux. For this, you can follow these steps:

  1. It tienes Valve Steam installed on your distro, open the client.
  2. Then go to the Steam tools menu and make sure to have Steam Linux Runtine installed. If not, click on the Install button to do so.
  3. Then, in the properties of one of the video games, force this runtine from the menu in the same way that you force to use a certain version of the Proton project.
  4. Then restart steam.

Here's how it can be used for that video game ...

By the way, if you still don't know Steam, you can get information from Valve's official website, and also download it for your installation from here. With this Valve client, you will not only be able to buy and play its wide catalog of native video games for Linux, but also play native video games for Windows thanks to Proton, chat with other players, broadcast, manage controllers, etc.

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