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How to play BioShock Remastered on Linux

BioShock Remastered is a re-release of the hit 2007 game BioShock, which focuses on an underwater city in the 1960s. The game runs excellent on Linux, thanks to some tweaks. Here’s how to get it working on your PC.

BioShock Remastered on Linux

BioShock Remastered on Linux

BioShock Remastered works on Linux quite well, thanks to the developers choosing to release it to Steam and making it possible to use it with Steam Play. However, as you need Steam Play to enjoy the game on Linux, we will need to go over how to set up Steam for Linux.


On Ubuntu, the Steam app is installable on your computer via the Apt install command below.

sudo apt install steam


On Debian Linux, the best way to install Steam is by manually downloading the DEB package to your PC and installing it, rather than dealing with the Debian “Non-free” software repository.

To download the Steam DEB package to your computer, your best bet is to make use of the following wget command. It will download the package directly to your home folder without any hard work.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

When the download process is complete, the installation of Steam can begin. Using the dpkg command below, install Steam on your Debian PC.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

With Steam installed, you’ll need to take care of the dependencies. To take care of these dependencies, you’ll have to use the following apt-get install -f command.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, users are able to use the Steam app, provided the “Multilib” software repository is enabled and ready to use. Not every Arch user has “Multilib” available initially, so we’ll need to go over how to set it up briefly.

Open up your /etc/pacman.conf file, locate “multilib” in the file and remove all # symbols. Then, re-sync pacman using the command below. This command will set up the “multilib” software repository so that you can install Steam.

sudo pacman -Syy

With “mutlilib” ready to go, install the Steam app on Arch Linux with the command below.

sudo pacman -S steam


On both Fedora and OpenSUSE, the Steam application is available for installation through software repositories that come included with the operating system. That said, the Flatpak Steam app seems to work better on both of these operating systems, so we suggest following those instructions instead.


To get Steam working on Flatpak, you’ll first need to set up the Flatpak runtime. The runtime is easy to install. To get it working on your computer, head over to our guide on how to set up Flatpak on Linux

When you’ve configured the Flatpak runtime on your system, the installation of Steam via Flatpak can begin. Using the flatpak remote-add command, get the Flathub app store up and running. 

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Now that the Flathub app store is configured and ready to use, you can install the Steam application on your computer using the flatpak install command below.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Play BioShock Remastered on Linux

With Steam installed, launch the app on the desktop. When Steam is open, log into your user account using your user credentials. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to play BioShock Remastered on Linux!

Step 1: Open up Steam, and click on the “Steam” menu. Once inside of the Steam menu, locate “Settings” and select it to access the Steam settings menu.

Inside of the Steam settings menu, find the “Steam Play” section, and select it to access the Steam Play settings. Then, check both of the boxes on the page to enable Steam Play.

Step 2: Find the “STORE” button, and click on it with the mouse to access the Steam Store. Then, click on the search box, and type “BioShock Remastered” in it. Press Enter to view the search results.

Click on “BioShock Remastered” in the search results to access the game’s Store page.

Step 3: Look for the green “Add to cart” button on the Steam page, and click on it with the mouse to add the game to your cart so that you can purchase it. Then, find the “LIBRARY” button and click on it to head over to the Steam library.

Step 4: Look through your Steam library for “BioShock Remastered,” and right-click on it with the mouse. Then, select the “Properties” button to open up the game properties.

Inside of the game properties, find the “set launch options” button and click on it. Then, enter the code below to set launch options.


Step 5: Find the blue “INSTALL” button at the top of the page, and select it with the mouse to install the game onto your Linux PC. When the installation is complete, the blue button will become a green “PLAY” button. Select the “PLAY” button to start up BioShock Remastered! Enjoy!

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