Bazzite's Guide to Game Launchers

Steam Setup

Steam can run Windows games on Linux. It utilizes a wide range of projects and patches all packed into a piece of software built-in to Steam called Proton for Windows compatibility.

Enabling Proton For All Steam Games

Note: Skip this section if you’re using a Handheld/HTPC image.

  • Currently Steam only allows whitelisted games to run by default on the desktop Steam client.
  • You can change this by going into the Steam Settings > Compatibility > Check Enable Steam Play for all other titles

Steam Settings

Forcing A Specific Proton / Steam Play Tool Version

  • Games with a Linux port will be used by default on Desktop images.
  • Valve selects the default runner on Handheld/HTPC images.
  • Some games run better with a specific version of Proton or forcing the Linux runtime.
    • Run that specific version by going into the game’s Properties > Compatibility > Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool

Non-Steam Games

  • It is recommended to use Lutris for most non-steam games.
  • Heroic Games Launcher is intended as a suitable replacement for the Epic Games Launcher.
  • Bottles is an alternative to Lutris and great for non-gaming Windows software.
  • Other games and launchers are also available in the software center (Discover or GNOME Software) like

Lutris Setup

Lutris is game management software that doubles as a WINE front-end for Windows games. Several games and launchers can be installed by searching for the title and using one of the installer scripts for it.

Manually adding a Windows game to Lutris

However if your game is not listed or doesn’t work with the provided script, then manually add the executable. Add locally installed game and make sure to configure it properly within the game and runner options.


Lutris Shortcuts


Right clicking a game on Lutris gives the option to add it as a non-Steam game (useful for Steam Gaming Mode), create a desktop shortcut, or an application menu shortcut.

Gamepass / Microsoft Store Games (Cloud Streaming)

Games installed from the Microsoft Store do not run on desktop Linux unless you use a xCloud client like Greenlight.

Auto-Mounting Secondary Gaming Drives

View this guide for forcing secondary drives to automatically mount on boot. This is useful if you have games on this drive and do not want to manually mount it before starting Steam on Desktop images.

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