This is an update on the Steam Top 50 current situation, since we checked back in March how things were at the top of the charts – it used to be 70% of games working out of the box. Well, we took a look again very recently at the Steam top 50 games on Steam with the highest number of concurrent players over the past 2 weeks – you won’t see a major difference yet, but while the Steam top 50 games have changed a little bit, the overall Linux compatibility has not got worse, and may have slightly improved.
And here are the results below. The last column indicates whether you can play it on Linux even if it has no native Linux version.
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||Valve, Hidden Path Entertainment||Valve||703191||WML||Native|
|PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS||KRAFTON, Inc.||KRAFTON, Inc.||333191||W||No Go|
|Apex Legends||Respawn Entertainment||Electronic Arts||228894||W||No Go|
|Destiny 2||Bungie||Bungie||118273||W||No Go|
|Grand Theft Auto V||Rockstar North||Rockstar Games||110023||W||Proton|
|Team Fortress 2||Valve||Valve||90218||WML||Native|
|Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege||Ubisoft Montreal||Ubisoft||78984||W||No Go|
|Rust||Facepunch Studios||Facepunch Studios||77308||WM||No Go|
|Dead by Daylight||Behaviour Interactive Inc.||Behaviour Interactive Inc.||67847||W||No Go|
|Warframe||Digital Extremes||Digital Extremes||57598||W||Proton Potential|
|Wallpaper Engine||Wallpaper Engine Team||Wallpaper Engine Team||56812||W||No Go|
|Rocket League||Psyonix LLC||Psyonix LLC||54181||W||Proton|
|ARK: Survival Evolved||Studio Wildcard, Instinct Games, Efecto Studios, Virtual Basement LLC||Studio Wildcard||48984||WML||Native|
|PAYDAY 2||OVERKILL - a Starbreeze Studio.||Starbreeze Publishing AB||40819||WL||Native|
|War Thunder||Gaijin Entertainment||Gaijin Distribution KFT||33167||WML||Native|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||CD PROJEKT RED||CD PROJEKT RED||32315||W||Proton|
|Euro Truck Simulator 2||SCS Software||SCS Software||30631||WML||Native|
|Unturned||Smartly Dressed Games||Smartly Dressed Games||28235||WML||Native|
|No Man's Sky||Hello Games||Hello Games||27540||W||Proton|
|Monster Hunter: World||CAPCOM Co., Ltd.||CAPCOM Co., Ltd.||25790||W||Proton|
|Garry's Mod||Facepunch Studios||Valve||25744||WML||Native|
|World of Tanks Blitz||Wargaming Group Limited||Wargaming Group Limited||25064||WM||Proton|
|Phasmophobia||Kinetic Games||Kinetic Games||24196||W||Proton|
|Left 4 Dead 2||Valve||Valve||22919||WML||Native|
|7 Days to Die||The Fun Pimps||The Fun Pimps Entertainment LLC||21959||WML||Native|
|Don't Starve Together||Klei Entertainment||Klei Entertainment||21127||WML||Native|
|Brawlhalla||Blue Mammoth Games||Ubisoft||20701||WM||Proton|
|Path of Exile||Grinding Gear Games||Grinding Gear Games||19768||WM||Proton|
|Fallout 4||Bethesda Game Studios||Bethesda Softworks||18937||W||Proton Potential|
|Valheim||Iron Gate AB||Coffee Stain Publishing||18250||WL||Native|
|SMITE||Titan Forge Games||Hi-Rez Studios||18232||W||No Go|
|Sid Meier's Civilization V||Firaxis Games, Aspyr (Mac), Aspyr (Linux)||2K, Aspyr (Mac), Aspyr (Linux)||17755||WML||Native|
|Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord||TaleWorlds Entertainment||TaleWorlds Entertainment||15612||W||Proton Potential|
|Cities: Skylines||Colossal Order Ltd.||Paradox Interactive||15375||WML||Native|
|Arma 3||Bohemia Interactive||Bohemia Interactive||13319||W||Proton|
|Cyberpunk 2077||CD PROJEKT RED||CD PROJEKT RED||12990||W||Proton Potential|
|Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout||Mediatonic||12225||W||No Go|
|World of Warships||Wargaming Group Limited||Wargaming Group Limited||10221||W||Proton|
|鬼谷八荒 Tale of Immortal||鬼谷工作室||鬼谷工作室, Lightning Games||9783||W||Proton|
|Paladins||Evil Mojo Games||Hi-Rez Studios||8728||W||No Go|
|Grim Dawn||Crate Entertainment||Crate Entertainment||8627||W||Proton|
|Raft||Redbeet Interactive||Axolot Games||7392||W||Proton|
|Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - GOTY Edition||FromSoftware||Activision (Excluding Japan and Asia), FromSoftware (Japan), 方块游戏 (Asia)||6711||W||Proton|
|Risk of Rain 2||Hopoo Games||Gearbox Publishing||5817||W||Proton|
So what did we get among the Top 50 games on Steam?
- 36 games overall working well on Linux out of 50: 72%.
- Among these 34, 19 have native clients (52.8%), and 17 (47.2%) run well thanks to Proton.
- An extra 4 games kind of work on Proton but not perfectly.
- 10 games are borked (20%) in one way or another.
(Note: ARMA3 is considered as ‘working’ even though BattleEye prevents you from joining official servers. It it still, however, possible to host your own multiplayer sessions with friends for Co-op).
Among the 10 games that are considered borked:
- Most of them do not work because of EAC (8)
- 2 of them because of another DRM/anti-cheat system
Now all these numbers were all nice and cool 6 months ago, but nowadays they take another meaning as Valve is preparing to unleash the Steam Deck over the world by December 2021. And they have committed to bringing all Steam titles to the Steam Deck running SteamOS, while this goal may not be reached on time.
So how does it look like for the most popular games?
Well, if they finally crack the issue that EAC (and other anti-cheat solutions), they will be getting really close to 100% compatibility among that Steam Top 50 list. The developer or Rust has already confirmed that on his devkit EAC was working as expected on the Steam Deck with SteamOS – while it will apparently require some modifications from the devs themselves to make it work (not as seamless as Proton itself).
Mac is, in the meantime, still stuck at ONLY 21 games out of the Steam Top 50 games working… 42%! Despite the introduction of MoltenVK quite a while ago now, there’s no sign that this is bringing more games running on Mac at the end of the day (as they don’t have anything remotely like Proton yet).
Let’s watch how EAC support evolves in the coming months as this would bring a major jump in Linux support.
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I’d like to point out that every single game in the list that’s not working, with the sole exception of SMITE, is actually running but it’s blocked by anti-cheat software. That’d be a 98%
I realize this is specifically about games running on hardware in Linux but it might not be bad idea to point out that GeForce Now works in browser and will allow users to access Steam games that may not run natively or via Proton.
In fact, of the “No Go” games in the list above it looks like only two are not available on GeForce now. After a quick check it seems Pubg and Fall Guys are not available but the others are.