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Forza Horizon 5 multiplayer should work on Linux with Proton Experimental

A few days ago Forza Horizon 5 became playable on Linux and now Valve / CodeWeavers have upgraded Proton Experimental yet again to try and get multiplayer sorted. Sadly, as it turns out, the game will still not work right on NVIDIA so for now this is one for the AMD GPU crew.

The one single change noted for Proton Experimental’s update on November 15 is “Fix Forza Horizon 5 multiplayer”. So with that in mind, it might be time to load it back up if you previously had issues. You can continue to report problems on the official Valve GitHub for Forza Horizon 5.

Screenshot – Steam.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before it’s playable on NVIDIA GPUs. We will try to let you know when that happens.

See the Proton Experimental changelog to see all the current differences to the normal Proton releases.

Need to know how to actually use Proton Experimental? Here’s a simple HOWTO (as it’s not complicated!). Make sure it’s installed by searching for it in your Steam Library, then select it from the Compatibility menu in the Properties section of a game. See our quick video below:

For an explainer in text form:

  1. Search for Proton Experimental and install if not already.
  2. Right click any game on Steam and go to Properties.
  3. Select the Compatibility menu on the right side.
  4. Ensure the “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool” is ticked.
  5. From the dropdown box that appears select Proton Experimental.

You can buy Forza Horizon 5 on Steam.

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