Today the Linux Game Compatibility Checker is receiving a big update, which makes the tool much more useful.
Let’s start with the most obvious changes: the layout. On the top of the page there’s now a panel that groups filters (all games/played games/unplayed games), sorting options and statistics together.
The statistics have also been expanded. Previously, the page only listed the percentage of games which were Linux-compatible. It now also lists the percentage weighted by playtime and the percentage weighted by remaining playtime.
Remaining playtime is calculated by subtracting your playtime from the global average. The intention of this metric is to highlight good games supported on Linux that you already own, but haven’t really played.
If you have a big enough screen, the games are now listed in multiple columns, which will make it a little easier to scroll through the list if you have many games.
The database structure has been significantly updated, to make the system more performant when checking really large game libraries, like Kongzoola’s 23,000 games. Smaller libraries (<1000 games) might also load a bit faster, but you’re unlikely to notice the difference in those cases.
There’s a new global statistics page, that lists statistics for all games available on Steam.
The checker now includes information from more datasets:
- Steam - The tool now also checks for Linux appdepots, which might indicate hidden or unlisted Linux support.
- The Wine AppDB - Game matching has been improved to automatically detect special editions (GOTY, Collectors/Complete/Ultimate edition, etc) and properly link them to their AppDB entries
- The SteamDB Games, on Steam for Linux list
- The DOSBox compatibility list
Since some of these datasets don’t definitively indicate Linux support, a new group ‘Might work’ has been added to the tool. The games are now grouped as follows: Native ports - working (via Wine) - might or might not work (via Wine, DOSBox or appdepot) - incompatible.
Consequently, the Wine rating threshold for games to be labelled ‘Working’ has been increased from Silver and above to Gold and above. Everything below Gold will be listed under ‘Might or might not work’.
Filtering, sorting & grouping
Lastly, this update introduces filtering & sorting options, which can be used to customize the way games are grouped and sorted. For example, games can be sorted alphabetically, by playtime or by remaining playtime.
The Wine AppDB rating threshold can also be changed. By default, only games with a ‘Gold’ rating or better are marked as working, but this can be changed to any other rating value. For example, you could set it to ‘Platinum’ to only see games that work on Linux without any workarounds.