How to Play Cyberpunk 2077 on Linux


Linux is not the most gaming-friendly operating system around. However, in recent years, more and more video game developers are starting to show this free OS some love, including CD Projekt RED.

Although if we're being honest, most of the love should go to Steam.

As arguably the most hyped video game of the decade launched, Cyberpunk 2077, Steam launched an update to Steam Play, which is a stand-alone patch centered on making the game playable on certain PCs.

Can You Play Cyberpunk 2077 on Linux?

While the update to Steam Play, which is a service aimed towards gamers who want to play Windows games on their Linux PCs, does indeed allow gamers to play Cyberpunk 2077 on Linux, it comes with a couple of caveats.

In particular, you'll need to have the Mesa 21.0-devel Git installed and it's only compatible with AMD graphics cards for now.

There is a silver lining to this though: some users using Nvidia graphics cards have been able to make the game work on their Linux PCs.

Unfortunately, just because Cyberpunk 2077 works on Linux, on launch day at that, doesn't mean that you can actually enjoy it. The truth is, even on Windows PCs, Cyberpunk 2077 isn't working well, with many users demanding refunds because of how unplayable the game is.

With that said, the fact that you can play Cyberpunk 2077 on Linux is good news in and of itself.

Considering that playing Cyberpunk 2077 on Windows doesn't exactly yield the most bug-free experience yet, it is possible that the game could get better support and run better on Linux in the future.

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Hopefully, that is indeed the case and more gamers will get a chance to enjoy Cyberpunk 2077 as CD Projekt RED intended.

Ray Ampoloquio
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