Choose from over six thousand high quality native games from Steam. Play them on a 144 Hz full HD panel. Over a thousand “Windows-only” games run surprisingly well with Proton and Lutris including many recent AAA titles.
Use the Proton layer to run “Windows-only” titles. On the Focus (and many other Linux distros) the performance varies from modestly reduced to marginally faster. Games that use Vulkan or OpenGL generally perform as well or even better on Linux. DirectX also run well but tend to be a bit slower than on Windows. Doom 2016 is a Vulkan game, for example, and it runs at 144 FPS on ultra settings on the RTX 2060 model.
Use a guide like Best Games On Steam You Can Play On Linux and Windows to get started. You might also want to visit the Lutris database for information on games not on Steam, such as League of Legends or World of Warcraft.
Start Steam. The app will install and update as required. Create an account if needed and sign-in.
Select Game from library and install it if required. Then click on the
Play button. Right-click on the title name or the Gear icon and select
Properties... > DLC to download content like Vulkan drivers.
Enable Proton using for unsupported games with a few clicks. Select
Steam > Settings > SteamPlay and then toggle on
Enable Steam Play for all other titles. Use the latest Proton version available for default (5.0-8) and restart Steam when prompted. Modify Proton setting for a specific game by clicking on the Gear icon when viewing it in your library.
You may return Steam games within 14 days and with less than two hours of gameplay. This is useful if a game doesn't work as expected.
Use Lutris to run games not found in the Steam ecosystem. The Focus has the repository enabled for Lutris. Open the Discover app, search for Lutris, and then click install. Or open a terminal and enter
sudo apt install Lutris. We installed and ran BattleField 5 (found on the Origin EA game service) using Lutris and it ran very well.
Q: I get an error when opening Steam. It shows a window that says
Couldn’t set up steam data. Please contact technical support. What should I do?
A: This is due to a corrupted
.steam directory. Run the following in a terminal and then start Steam again.
Q: Fallout 4 on Proton has audio issues. How do I fix this?
A: We have confirmed FallOut 4 and all DLCs run over 100-200 FPS on the Focus. Right-click on the game in your Library and click Launch Options. Under the General tab click on Launch Options and enter the following.
Q: The Nvidia drivers do not seem to work. How can I fix this?
A: Use the command below to check and repair the Nvidia driver stack.
Q: My system disk is getting full. How can I move my Steam games to another disk?
Steam > Settings > Download > Steam Library Folders to add a new directory on a new disk. Then in the library, right click on an installed game and select
Properties > Local Files > Move Install Folder to select the new location. Do this for each game you wish to move. See this article for more detail.
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