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When I download Wine to play Windows games, will I also be able to play those Windows games through Steam?

I'm very new to ubuntu and I would need an advise in this regard.

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You won't be able to play Windows games using native Steam for Linux, but you can install Steam for Windows on Wine (not sure if it'll work, but you can try).

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From my own experience I can confirm that Steam for Windows works great with recent versions of Wine.

By this you can run many naitve Windows games available through Steam using Wine or Play On Linux. Issues and games which won't run, or tweaks needed are best being queried from the Wine Application Database. It may also be worth to have a look at the Steam support forums for issues.

As a rule of thumb: if a game is listed as Platinum you will be able to play it without issues. A game rated as Gold will be playble just fine but may need some tweaks. All other ratings indiciate more or less severe issues.

Performance of games played through Wine varies considerably but many games will just perform fine with only a minor perfomance loss as compared to native Windows. This will also include 3D graphics which is supported through DriectX drivers in Wine.

Sadly however there is no guarantee that any single game you bought will actually run on your specific system. In case a Linux version is available through Steam you will probably better install this version.

It is also possible to connect your Steam account to both, native Steam for Ubuntu, and Steam for Windows run through Wine.

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Software that makes extensive use of accelerated 3D graphics, such as most mainstream Windows games, will not run well on Wine.

They may not run at all, or run with significantly degraded performance. Wine is good at running office or productivity applications but its limitations start becoming significant when pushing it with 3D gaming. You're unlikely to get a good experience with it.

On top of this, I have no idea how well Steam for Windows would run in Wine on Linux. You wouldn't be able to run Windows-only games with Steam for Linux, as has been pointed out.

If you are a heavy gamer and have a legal copy of Windows, dual-booting is the best solution for running heavy 3D games.

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Depends on the software. We run some DirectX dependent 3D games with only very little perfomance loss through Steam with Wine. –  Takkat May 7 at 7:31

You should really check the wine homepage. It will tell you how most games and other software work on various distributions using wine. Wine is able to make many pieces of Windows software work, sometimes with some workarounds. If you want an easier way to get Windows software working, check out Planonlinux. POL is a front for Wine, it does a lot of the configuration behind the scenes for you. If you want to pay for software you can also check out Crossover. It's made by the developers of Wine but it's more polished and has actual customer support.

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