Linux Games – 6K games so far with Proton by Steampowered

Proton Has Brought About 6000 Games to Linux So Far

A few take-aways from this graph:

  • Proton has done far more for Linux gaming than any porting company out there, by bringing about 6000 games to us in less than 2 years.
  • There are about 100 games every month that get a Platinum rating according to ProtonDB. (because of the recent changes on ProtonDB rating, this is now more accurate than it was before).
  • Proton has become better over time: the percentage of games getting a Platinum rating is steadily increasing over time as well – it used to be about 40% of all unique games reported, and now we are closer to 50%. This is cumulative, so the range will vary month by month but the trend is very clear.

Lack of available video gaming titles has always been the Linux weak point for personal computing.

Linux has almost all of the other features and interests that Windows has, but for the longest time video games have always been in short supply.  Valve Software, creators of the gaming network, has created a Linux package that allows users to run specific Windows games on their Linux computers.  6K is the current count for available games.  This number continues to rise with each passing week.

While this may seem minor to the Windows world, it is actually a large looming threat to Microsoft's dominance of personal computer OS's.  Linux is by far a better OS for server-based operations, such as file sharing, email servers, web servers and the like.  Most servers are run on the open-source, free, Linux-based server known as a LAMP stack (Linux OS, Apache Web Server, MySQL database, and PHP/Perl/Python programming language).  In the realm of personal desktop computers, Windows dominates, with macOS taking a minority share.  Linux copies itself after Windows, with some Linux-specific safeguards that Windows lacks. 

It has mostly, all of the main, same-type of business applications as the Windows ecosphere, and most of the time they are open-source, meaning free to acquire, but everything about it is up to you with no guarantees.  Linux has productivity Apps similar to Office, such as LibreOffice or OpenOffice.  It has open-source graphic design programs like Gimp.  It has open-source video transcoders like Handbrake, and open-source 3D modeling programs like Blender.

What Linux always lacked was entertainment beyond watching videos.  The lack of video game entertainment always relegated Linux to the fringe of computing.  Retail computer users demand video games, thus, until now, Linux was never in consideration.  This lack of consideration of an OS preference for Linux is what holds Microsoft's hold on the retail market.  It is a moat that is being disassembled through open-source, collaboration among like-minded individuals.