What is Valve Proton? The Steam Deck’s live-or-die Linux software, explained

The Steam Deck’s success will hinge on Proton, a Valve technology that lets Windows games run on Linux. Here’s what you need to know.

Looking at the spec sheet alone, the just-revealed $399 Steam Deck gaming handheld should be a winner. Valve’s PC-centric Nintendo Switch rival features a big 7-inch touchscreen, plenty of control inputs, an all-AMD chip based on the same hardware inside the Xbox Series S|X and PlayStation 5, and the ability to double as a full-fledged Linux PC. But forget the hardware.

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10 Things to Do Before the Call of Duty Vanguard Release Date
Call of Duty: Vanguard

If you’ve pre-ordered Call of Duty: Vanguard, or you’re thinking about buying a copy, there are some things you should Read more

Halo Infinite’s technical preview dipped to 540p on Xbox One S, Series S
Halo Infinite

The technical preview for Halo Infinite has wrapped up, and while reactions to the game have been mostly positive, Digital Read more

NBA 2K22: Which Edition to Buy?
NBA 2K22

There are several different versions of NBA 2K22 available to pre-order right now. If you plan on buying NBA 2K22 Read more

What is Valve Proton? The Steam Deck’s live-or-die Linux software, explained
steam-deck

The Steam Deck's success will hinge on Proton, a Valve technology that lets Windows games run on Linux. Here's what Read more

Battlefield 2042 crossplay is coming – but not everyone can play together
Battlefield 2042

EA Dice has revealed that the Battlefield 2042 technical playtest, allowing some players to try the highly-anticipated FPS early, has Read more

xScreen turns Xbox Series S into a laptop and it just got mega funded on Kickstarter
Xbox Series S

The Xbox Series S is about to get kinda portable. A Kickstarter project hawking a clip-on display for the next-gen machine has Read more

Microsoft-owned Deathloop will remain a PS5 timed-exclusive until September 14, 2022
Deathloop

Sony and now-Microsoft-owned Bethesda Softworks have announced that Deathloop will remain a timed PS5 exclusive until September 14, 2022 at Read more

RIG 500 PRO HX Gen 2 headset review review
RIG 500 PRO HX Gen 2

The RIG 500 Pro HX Gen 2 makes a great first impression; it’s stylish, that steel band over the head Read more

Lucidsound LS50X Wireless Xbox Gaming Headset Review
Lucidsound LS50X

Released last year, the LucidSound LS50X is the audio brand’s flagship premium headset for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. Read more

3 Reasons to Pre-Order Madden 22 & 5 Reasons to Wait
Madden 22

The Madden 22 release date is confirmed and pre-orders are live for all platforms. And while there are some great reasons to Read more

3 Reasons to Pre-Order Battlefield 2042 & 6 Reasons to Wait
Battlefield 2042

The Battlefield 2042 release date is confirmed for October and pre-orders are live ahead of its arrival. There are some great reasons Read more

10 Things to Do Before the Battlefield 2042 Release Date
Battlefield 2042

If you’re thinking about buying a copy of Battlefield 2042 there are some things you should do before the game arrives later Read more