Good news for all Linux gamers with AMD GPUs: Cyberpunk 2077 runs with the new Proton version 5.13-4 on various Linux distributions! With this success, developer Valve wants to prove that the open source operating system is also suitable for gamers. Special thanks go to CD Projekt Red, who apparently gave the programmers access to early builds to make development easier.
Proton should show: Linux is also suitable for gaming
Proton is based on the Wine runtime environment and was first released in 2018. Just like Wine, the software is open-source and aims to attract more gamers to the Linux platform. Because the OS still has the old image that games do not run at all or only run poorly on the free operating system. With Cyberpunk 2077Valve has therefore chosen the best conceivable candidate in order to prove the opposite with the corresponding media coverage – as happened at this point.
To embark on an adventure with Johnny Silverhand, you need Proton version 5.13-4 and, who would have thought it, just as potent hardware as under Windows. This is probably the biggest limitation because, as mentioned above, an AMD GPU is required. The Mesa 3D graphics library is also required. Special Linux distributions that are tailored to the needs of players, such as Manjaro Linux or Garuda Linux, offer the library in their repository for installation.
A special thank you from Valve in person Programmierers Pierre-Loup Griffais goes out to CD Projekt Red: They got access to pre-builds, which made the porting work easier.
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