7 BEST LINUX DISTRO FOR GAMING IN 2018
In this article we are going to discuss on top 7 best Linux distro for gaming in 2018. Game is one of the most important part of our life. Everyone loves to play game. 10 years before the games were not so much popular like today in 2018 because if you want to play game you need a computer and at that time computers are not much popular like today. The gaming industry has been developed far ahead. Today game developing organizations like EA producing special devices for games, there are most advance Graphic Devices and software’s are available for better rendering and visual of gaming application.
New generation games required high configuration platform to work properly. You need to have a system with light weight operating system and high system configuration devices like RAM and Processor. As these operating systems is builded for Gaming purpose only it support’s gaming devices like Gamepads & Joysticks…etc…
You can use almost all Linux operating system’s to install and play games because The major gaming application’s like Steam, WineHQ, PlayOnLinux installation packages are available for all Linux distros but the Linux Distributions which are intentionally developed for gaming only will give you the outstanding performance which you can’t find in normal Linux Distros. Here in this article I brought you 7 best Linux distro for gaming. So let’s get started.
So Let’s have a look at 7 best Linux distro for Gaming
Steam OS is coming at first place while we are searching for a best Linux distro for gaming. The best part of Steam OS is it is light weight operating system based on Debian 8. The code name of this OS is Debian Jessie. The hardware requirement of this OS is not much demandable. You can choose a system with below minimum requirement to install Steam OS :
The below Hardware requirement details is taken from official website of Steam OS.
- You need to have at least 4 GB of RAM,
- Intel or AMD processor (64 BIT),
- You must have a Graphic Card which is must for Gaming. The best advantage of Steam OS is it’s supports all major brand Graphic cards. Now it’s upon you which Graphic Card you are going to choose. The supportable Graphic Cards are NVIDIA graphics card, Intel graphic card & AMD graphics card which must be RADEON 8500 and later.
It is mandatory to have UEFI Firmware on your Motherboard and a USB port on your system for Installation purpose.
If you have the above minimum requirement on your system, then you can easily install Steam OS on your computer. By Default, Steam OS comes with large collection of Games on its Game Store.
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Fedora Games Spin comes in 2nd rank on best Linux distro for gaming. As we all know that Fedora is on of the most popular Linux disto. During it’s each new release it produces different Fedora operating system for different categories i.e. Fedora Workstation, Fedora Server and many more. Fedora Games Spin is one of them.
Fedora Spin is specially designed for those users who are interested in playing games. This Linux distribution is comes under XFCE Desktop environment and supports RPM based packages. Fedora Games Spin is also a light weight operating system even more lighter then Fedora Workstation completely suitable for games. By default it’s comes with some many popular games like FreeCiv, Battle for Wesnoth, SuperTuxKart, Nethack and Scorched 3D.
It is not possible to include all games in one DVD but developers are tried to include most popular games with this operating system.
One more advantage you can get with Fedora Games Spin and that is either you install the complete operating system or Just use the Live OS and get the benefits. Click Here to get the list of all those Games which are included in Fedora Games Spin.
Lakka Linux OS is another most popular Linux distro distributed by most popular RetroArch & and the libretro ecosystem and one of the best Linux distro for gaming. This OS is little different from other Linux distribution and those users who love to play retro based games Lakka Linux OS is one stop solution for them.
The advantages of Lakka is it’s an user friendly operating system, the installation steps are very easy. You can install the OS on your Flash Drive or in SD Card. Post installation the OS is act like Plug and Play. just Plug the Flash Drive and start the operating system. Now connect your Joypad or Joystick and take most powerful gaming experience.
The Hardware requirement of this operating system is not much demandable. The developer team worked hard to make operating system work fast on cheap hardware configuration. You can connect lots of Joysticks and Joypads.
You can install the Lakka Linux Operating System on so many Hardware platforms i.e. Raspberry Pi 3, On your Personal Computer, Hummingboard-i2ex / i4, BananaPi, You can use this OS on some TV Sets, Cubieboard 1, Odroid-C1…etc…
Click Here to get all the Hardware list which are supported by Lakka Linux Operating System.
Advantages of Lakka Linux Operating System:
- Powerful operating system for Retro Based Games.
- It’s Open Source hence completely free to use.
- Need less Hardware requirement.
- Supports large Hardware Platforms.
- Supports Bluetooth and Wireless JoyPads.
- You can play Games over Network.
- Supports Multiplayer.
Ubuntu GamePack comes at 4th Place of my best Linux distro for gaming. Ubuntu is one of my favorite Desktop Environment operating system. But in Gaming category also Ubuntu builded an operating system called Ubuntu GamePack 16.04. This operating system is based on Unity Desktop Environment.
Ubuntu GamePack comes with some most important preinstalled applications i.e. Steam, Lutris, PlayOnLinux, WineHQ, Java and Flash Player…etc. Ubuntu Game Pack guaranteed that they will provide 22,381 Games and Applications for Microsoft-DOS, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux. As this operating system comes with application’s like WineHQ and PlayOnLinux it will definitely support MS Windows based Games.
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As we all are know that Manjaro Linux is also one of the most popular Linux Distribution and Manjaro also released its Gaming Platform. Like other Gaming Linux operating system Manjaro Linux Gaming Version also a Light Weight operating system and Based on XFCE Desktop Environment. Here below I mentioned some benefits of this Linux Distribution :
- By default the Sleep mode feature is in Disabled state so that while you are playing games it won’t go in Sleep Mode.
- The operating system comes with Dark Theme. the reason behind that it will be benefit for your eyes and makes you feel comfortable while playing game.
- For Gamepads the mouse cursor will be in Disabled state.
- You will found a editing tool in Manjaro Linux Gaming Version which will help you to make Gaming Videos.
Hence with all above features we can consider Manjaro Linux Gaming edition as a best Linux distro for gaming in 2018.
SparkyLinux Linux comes at 6th Position on our best Linux distro for gaming. It’s an Dabian based operating system. The developer of this operating system worked so much harder to make the system lighter so that it can work well in cheap hardware environment. This operating system is based on LXDE desktop environment.
The most popular gaming related application’s like WineHQ (Which will help you to install and play Microsoft Windows Games), Steam, PlayOnLinux comes as preinstalled. Apart from this application’s you will find a special type of application for gaming named APTus Gamer. this application allows you to install so many gaming related tools.
You can Download the Stable version of SparkyLinux Gaming Edition Here.
And now the final one is Game Drift Linux. This operating system is developed based on Ubuntu and released with MATE desktop environment. This is one of those Linux distribution which have their own official Game Store. In Game Store you will find both free and paid games.
The best part of Game Drift Linux operating system is it supports both Linux and Microsoft Windows games. To run Microsoft Windows Games it uses Crossover technology but the be mind that Crossover is a premium application Hence you have to pay to buy the license key.
The Hardware requirement of Game Drift Linux is not much demandable. You can use you own personal Computer with normal Hardware configuration like 2 GB RAM, NVEDIA Graphic Card, a Ethernet Connection, 4 GB Harddisk, Processor should be at least 1.2 GHZ. So as per it’s Hardware requirement’s and Pre installed application’s and features this is one of the best Linux distro for gaming in 2018.
So This is our 7 best Linux distro for gaming in 2018.
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