Gaming on Linux? Yes, it’s possible, but new Linux users must read tons of articles if they want to play games on Linux, especially Manjaro. Usualy this a reason why people switch back to Windows. There are quite a bit of things different on Linux compared to Microsoft Windows 10. Well, this article has everything that you need.
First update Manjaro
sudo pacman -Syu
Keep everything updated and fresh!
We need a fully working GPU
Manjaro Settings Manager → Hardware Configuration → Auto Install…
Proprietary if you have NVIDIA
Open-source if you have AMD
More information: Configure Graphics Cards - Manjaro
Laptops with NVIDIA (prime drivers): If you don’t want to run apps/games with your Intel GPU, use this command:
prime-run package: where
package is the game you want to run on the NVIDIA GPU.
Good starting point for gaming, but there is a lot of more!
Lutris - Great and powerful manager, where you can manage all games in a computer.
Lutris will install Wine automatically for you!
pamac install lutris
More information about Lutris: https://lutris.net/
Wine - Great tool to run app from Windows on Linux.
if wine wasn’t install automatically:
pamac install wine
More information about Wine: https://www.winehq.org/
Here is a screenshot, which packages you need to install
Already pre-installed What’s next with Steam?
- Sign in, there is no different between Windows a Linux.
- Settings → Steam play and click Enable Steam Play for supported titles and Enable Steam Play for all other titles.
- Choose latest (highest number) version of Proton.
Note: Some titles work better with older Proton versions, but usually the latest Proton works best of all.
- This point isn’t necessary but i highly recommend - Settings → Shader Pre-Caching and enable all.
Important for NVIDIA laptops!
Don’t forget to use the
How to use prime-run??
game in library > properties > set launch options > insert
Now games will run with NVIDIA GPU!
So, that’s all, now you can play everything in Steam!
Optional recommendations to read
Where i can check if games run well with Proton?
Note: If you find gold or better mark, don’t worry about installing this game.
Tweaks for Steam
Check custom (unofficial) Proton version GitHub - GloriousEggroll/proton-ge-custom: Compatibility tool for Steam Play based on Wine and additional components
I’ve got better performance and some bugs in games fixed!
Installation is easy, don’t worry you don’t need use terminal.
Can i install games outside Steam? YES!
GOG is supported on a Linux? YES!
Generally, the best way how to install games outside Steam is go to the Lutris website and search the game that you want.
You can find automatic scripts and methods how to install, run and tweak them!
One example: League of Legends - Lutris
Focus power into the games!
Interesting performance tweak for gaming is Feral gamemode
GitHub - FeralInteractive/gamemode: Optimise Linux system performance on demand
pamac install gamemode
pamac install lib32-gamemode
Note: I don’t use gamemode and you probably won’t need to, if you don’t havet performance issues with games. Simply gamemode does nothing useful if you have enough performance.
Personally something to end
I wish you happy gaming! BTW: Who plays Xonotic? My name is Soong.