South Africa’s Valve has launched a new version of Steam Play for Linux users, reports Mybroadband. Steam Play was launched in 2010 as a way for Steam users to access Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Steam games with a single purchase. A new beta version of Steam Play is now available which includes a modified distribution of Wine, called Proton, to provide compatibility with Windows game titles.
This brings several improvements to the platform. Windows games with no Linux version currently available can now be installed and run directly from the Linux Steam client, with native Steamworks and OpenVR support. DirectX 11 and 12 implementations are now based on Vulkan, resulting in improved game compatibility.
Fullscreen support has been improved, and there is better game controller support. Games will automatically recognise all controllers supported by Steam.