Gaming in Linux has advanced for better in the last couple of years. Presently, you can find many distros pre-upgraded for unparalleled gaming. A Linux gaming distro is custom-made for hard-core gamers. Subsequently, it comes ready for various games, and besides, drivers for graphics cards and game controllers come with it. Many of the present day Linux distros bolster every sort of graphics card. In that capacity, any standard Linux distro can be transformed into a game station without much of a stretch. These distros are outfitted with different drivers, emulators and software, so you can simply install it.
It’s time to look out for some platforms that stay away from your regular Windows PC. Here are the best Linux gaming distros you need to check-out.
1. Fedora Games Spin
The Fedora Project is a community of people working together to build a free and open source Linux software platform and to collaborate on and share user-focused solutions built on that platform. The Fedora Games spin offers a perfect showcase of the best Linux games available in Fedora. This distro includes several genres, from first-person shooters to real-time and turn-based strategy games to puzzles. Not all the games available in Fedora are included on this spin, but trying out this spin will give you a fair impression of distro’s ability to run great games.
The Fedora community creates many of the technical features that have made Linux powerful, flexible, and usable for a wide spectrum of millions of users, administrators, and developers worldwide. Their distro development is always done openly and transparently, and anyone may participate.
2. SteamOS Linux distro
SteamOS is a public release of the Linux-based operating system. The base system draws from Debian 8, codename Debian Jessie. It works on top of the solid Debian core and optimizes it for a living room experience. Afterall, it is an open Linux distro that gives you the full control. You can take charge of your system and install new software or content as you want.
SteamOS Linux distro is freely available for anybody to install, though the installation experience is not intended for a non-technical user. However, SteamOS only supports a certain set of hardware. The company makes sure to add its compatibility for new hardware. Users should not consider SteamOS as a replacement for their desktop operating system. The distro comes loaded with many Linux games that cater to various game genres. More importantly, only Steam games can be played on Steam OS.
The current system hardware requirements for SteamOS Linux distro are:
- Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
- 4 GB (or more) RAM
- 200 GB or larger hard disk
- NVIDIA, Intel, or AMD graphics card
- USB port for installation
- UEFI boot support
3. Lakka Linux distro
Lakka is a lightweight Linux distro distribution that transforms a small computer into a full-blown retrogaming console. It is built on top of the famous RetroArch emulator. It is able to emulate a wide variety of systems and has some useful features such as automatic joypad recognition, rewinding, netplay, and shaders. The software is optimized to run fast even on low-end computers, and it supports a lot of USB joypads. However, to avoid any copyright angle, no game comes pre-installed on this console.
4. SparkyLinux – GameOver Edition
SparkyLinux is a GNU/Linux distribution created on the top of Debian GNU/Linux operating system. Sparky is fast, lightweight and fully customizable OS built around the Openbox window manager offering versions for different users and different tasks, such as:
- Fully featured OS with LXDE or LXQt desktop environment, which works out of the box and contains a selection of pre-installed common use software for home users
- MinimalGUI with Openbox window manager pre-installed only with basic software installed for users who wants to configure their OS/desktop as they want, on the top of Debian + any desktop environment or window manager they like
- 3 Special Editions for different tasks, all with Openbox as default:
- GameOver for gamers
- Multimedia for audio, video and HTML pages creation
- Rescue for fixing broken OS or so
- MinimalCLI with no X server – for last, but not less important in any way, for advanced users who want to build and configure their desktops in own way
Sparky supports about 20 desktop environments and window managers giving you freedom of choice, having in mind that your computer is made for working and some entertainment.
5. Game Drift Linux
Game Drift Linux is a new Linux distribution distro based on Ubuntu Linux. It has been optimized to deliver you the best possible gaming experience on Linux. You can play more than 1200 popular Windows games directly within Game Drift Linux distro, thanks to the built-in CrossOver Games technology from American Codeweavers and support for new games are added regularly. You can play popular titles such as Need for Speed - Most Wanted, Counter-Strike Source, Hitman, and many other fantastic games.
System requirements for Game Drift Linux distro:
Game Drift Linux itself runs on average computer systems. However, individual games may require more from the computer. These requirements are often found on the game package or on the game's website. A computer with the following configuration is recommended:
- 1-2 GHz processor (32 or 64 bit)
- 1-2 GB memory
- 4 GB hard disk drive for Game Drift Linux (excl. games)
- ATI, NVidia or Intel graphics adapter suitable for games
Linux platform doesn’t have much name in the gaming world, still, it has gradually crafted its name among some of the best gaming consoles of this generation. Some of the Linux games have also won PCWorld Game of the year and 5-star games award. Some of the absolute games are as follows:
- Hitman game of the year edition
- Civilization 6 game
- XCOM 2 game
- Warhammer 20,000: Dawn of War III game
- SteamWorld Dig 2 game and more.