A while ago my colleague Pablinux said that Plasma 6 will incorporate features that will improve the gaming experience. Now we have seen other signs that KDE is committed to seducing players. A page that tells about its collaboration with Steam, the games developed by the project and some tools that allow you to play titles for other operating systems.
The page is in English and is nothing more than a list of information that those of us in the Linux world already know, but for those who are thinking of making the leap to free operating systems it may be useful.
With what KDE bets on seducing players
The page begins by mentioning that the Steam Deck console has a Linux distribution derived from Arch Linux that It comes with an optimized version of KDE Plasma capable of running AAA games.
Triple A is an informal classification that identifies games developed by industry leaders and have high budgets for both development and promotion.
The Steam Deck console comes in 3 versions:
- The base version It comes with 64 GB with eMMC storage. This acronym stands for Integrated Multimedia Card and is composed of flash memory, the MMC interface, and the flash memory controller.
- The 256 GB versionIt has solid state storage with faster access times and the benefit of an exclusive profile within the community.
- The top of the range has 512 GB and It adds to the features of the previous one an anti-reflective screen and a virtual keyboard.
Any of the models can be connected to a mouse, a mouse and a keyboard and used like any PC with a distribution with the KDE Plasma desktop.
The next thing mentioned on the page are three third-party developed tools that work with KDE and the other Linux desktops.
- Protone: A tool developed by Valve and included in its application store (Although it can be installed in other distributions that allows you to run Windows games on Linux. It does this by integrating tools that act as an interpreter between the game, the operating system and the video card.
- ProtonDB: It is a database that includes more than 10000 Windows titles that can be played on Linux.
- bottle: It is a tool that makes it easy to download and install Windows applications on Linux including the Epic Games, EA Launcher and Battle.net stores.
Of course these aren't AAA games, but they are pretty fun to play with and can be found in the repositories, FlatHub, and the Snap store. Some titles are.
- Granatier: Clone of the classic game of placing bombs in a maze to kill the enemy known as Bomberman.
- Bomber: Game about destroying cities by bombing them with a plane.
- Kollision: Avoid getting hit by the balls while moving one across the screen.
- Kigo: KDE version of the board game Go.
- gcompris: Collection of educational games for children.
- Kmines: No game collection is complete without a version of Minesweeper.
- KsirK: Strategy game like Risk or TEG. It is about occupying territories and you can play against the computer, other users and online.
The page goes on to list reasons why KDE Plasma is a good choice for gamers. Basically it highlights how configurable the desktop is thanks to its widgets and themes that allow you to expand functionalities and customize its appearance. They also highlight the (According to them) optimal consumption of resources and the powerful tool for monitoring their use that is included.
The page ends by listing the list of hardware that comes preinstalled with KDE Plasma. In addition to the Steam Deck they are:
- Tuxedo InfinityBook S 17.
- Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro.
- 14” KDE Slimbook
- 15.6” KDE Slimbook
- Kubuntu Focus NX.
- Kubuntu Focus M2.
- Kubuntu Focus Ir14.
These types of compilations are really very useful and it doesn't take too much effort to make them, I hope they extend to more projects and areas.