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How to play Sea of Thieves on Linux

Sea of Thieves is an open-world multiplayer pirate game. The player can team up with friends and ride around on a pirate ship across the high seas. Here’s how to get it working on Linux.

Sea of Thieves on Linux

Sea of Thieves is an Xbox Studios video game. As a result, Microsoft has no interest in porting it to Linux. That said, it works just fine on Linux by using Steam’s “Steam Play” feature.

Install Steam

To gain access to Steam Play, you need to install the Linux version of Steam. To start the installation of Steam on your Linux PC, launch a terminal window. After that, follow the command-line installation instructions outlined below that correspond with the OS you use.

Ubuntu

The Steam app can be set up quite easily using the following Apt command in a Ubuntu terminal.

sudo apt install steam

Debian

Debian Linux provides its users access to Steam in the “non-free” software repository. However, the “non-free” repo must be manually enabled. Instead, it is better to install Steam by downloading it directly from Valve.

Using the wget command below, download Steam to Debian. Then, make use of the dpkg command to install Steam on your Linux PC. 

Note: During the installation, you may see errors appear on the screen. These errors are dependency problems. To solve these problems, follow this guide.

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

Arch Linux

Arch Linux supports the Linux Steam client, and users can install it through the “multilib” software repository. To start the installation on your Arch system, open up the /etc/pacman.conf file and manually enable the “multilib” software repository. 

After enabling the multilib software repository, re-sync pacman using the commands you usually use to update. Then, install Steam using the command below.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

If you’re using Fedora or OpenSUSE, the best way to get Steam working is through the Flatpak instructions. Flatpak should work out of the box on both distributions.

Flatpak

If you plan on playing Sea of Thieves on Steam via Flatpak, you’ll first need to enable the Flatpak runtime on your computer. To do that, install the “flatpak” package on your system. Or, follow this guide,

After setting up the Flatpak runtime, use the flatpak remote-add command to add the Flathub app store to your system. Flathub has the Steam Flatpak package.

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

Once you’ve added the Flathub app store to your system, you will be able to install the Steam Linux app with the flatpak install command below.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install Sea of Thieves on Linux.

After setting up Steam on your Linux PC, launch it and log in. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Sea of Thieves working on Linux.

Step 1: Locate the “Steam” menu in Steam and select it with the mouse. From there, find “Settings” and click on it to open up the Steam settings area. Inside the Steam settings area, find “Steam Play” and click on it with the mouse.

In the “Steam Play” area, find the “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” box and “Enable Steam Play for all other titles” and check the boxes next to them. Select “OK” to apply the changes.

Step 2: Find the “STORE” button, and click on it to access the Steam Storefront. Then, find the search box, type in “Sea of Thieves,” and press the Enter key to search.

Select “Sea of Thieves” in the results to access the game’s Steam store page.

Step 3: On the Sea of Thieves storefront page, locate the green “Add to cart” button, and click on it to purchase the game. Then, find the “LIBRARY” button and select it to access your Steam library.

Step 4: Search through your Steam library for “Sea of Thieves.” Once you’ve found it, right-click on it with the mouse and select “Properties.”

Inside the properties area, find the checkbox “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility” tool and check it to enable this feature. After that, look through the choices for Proton, and set it to “Proton 5.13.4”. 

Click the “CLOSE” button to apply your changes to the game. 

Step 5: When you’ve applied the Steam Proton changes to Sea of Thieves, locate the blue “INSTALL” button, and select it to download the game to your computer. Keep in mind that the download may take a bit.

When the download is complete, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Click on it to start up the game. Enjoy!

Troubleshooting Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves has a gold rating on ProtonDB. As a result, it works for most people. However, you may run into problems while playing this game. To fix the issues you encounter, check out the Sea of Thieves ProtonDB page.

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