Proton 9 is Coming, and a Beta is Out for Testing


Proton 9.0, in its first open beta release, brings numerous improvements alongside updates from Wine 9.0 released in January 2024. The Proton 9.0 Beta 11 changelog includes additions to the list of playable games, fixes for various issues, and updates to components like vkd3d-proton and dxvk. Notable fixes involve security certificate warnings, mouse acceleration, crashes in specific games like TouHou Makuka Sai and Microsoft Flight Simulator, and audio issues in titles like Doom Eternal. The release also addresses memory leaks causing Final Fantasy XIV Online launcher crashes, improves video playback in BIOMUTANT, and updates file distribution methods to save disk space.

Proton 9.0 (in its beta form) is set for regular updates before the Proton 9.0-1 release. Note that the previous first release of Proton 8 was on April 18th 2023, and Proton 7 was released in Feb 16th 2022 before that. You can more or less expect a major Proton update once a year or so, so Proton 9 is shaping up to be the main version we will be using in 2024.

Playable Games

The following games now work with Proton 9 beta:

  • Dinogen Online
  • Photography Simulator Demo
  • George McGeehan Gamer Hero
  • The Finals
  • True Reporter. Mystery of Mistwood
  • Road to Vostok Demo
  • Lord of the Rings: Gollum

If you were anxious of not being able to play one of the worst LOTR games ever made, Proton 9 will be your savior, My Precious!

Fixed Issues

Here is the list of fixed issues:

  • Brawhalla security certificate warning
  • Mouse acceleration in raw input API
  • Crashes in TouHou Makuka Sai, Disaster Report 4, and others
  • Video playback improvement in BIOMUTANT
  • Imperiums: Greek Wars launcher
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online launcher memory leaks
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator live weather crash
  • Input devices with 8+ axes support
  • Savant - Ascent REMIX animation hitching
  • Super Robot Wars 30 crashes with non-English languages
  • Doom Eternal audio crackling
  • Unity games (Lethal Company, Phasmophobia) crashing with a hat switch controller
  • Video playback improvements for Lords of the Fallen, Harvestella, Wayfinder, Sea of Thieves, KING OF FIGHTERS XV
  • The Last Game scaling fixed on Steam Deck
  • Audio issues in Airborne Kingdom intro video
  • Bayonetta crashing on certain systems
  • Escape from Monkey Island minimizing on a mouse click
  • Audio controls and spatialization in VRChat with AVPro


And a few updates:

  • File distribution method for disk space saving
  • Rebased on upstream Wine 9.0
  • Updated vkd3d-proton to v2.11.1-49-g32ff676b
  • Updated dxvk to v2.3-47-ge2a46a34
  • Updated dxvk-nvapi to v0.6.4-48-g0951afb