7 Best Linux Distros For Gaming in 2017 (Epic List)

best linux distro for gaming
Written by Prajjwal Rajput

We all know that Linux is the world’s leading Operating System in all fields or Linux is the father of all Operating Systems. There are lots of types of Linux OS, and we can separate them in the form of Distributions, but they are generally known as Linux Distros. Linux can be used for many purposes like Development, Programming, Designing, and others. Do you know the Linux OS can be a Gaming OS……..? Hmm Yes! Linux can also be used for Playing games. So today we’re going to share this post included a curated list of the best Linux Distro for Gaming in 2017.

The Gaming community is growing day by day and the Gaming in Linux has been evolved over the past few years. There are hundreds of Linux distribution are available, but it’s hard to choose which Linux distro is of your taste. Because Linux distributions are categorized into the following types like Developing, Designing, Programming, and Gaming!!!

“Gaming on Linux” sounds ridiculous ?? but there are some other options available which for the sole purpose of Gaming, and they are really good as we can expect.

In this post, we’ve listed some best Linux Distro For Gaming which is really built for gaming in 2017, and we’ve collected some really good distribution from many another site for making easy you to choose, download and install the best gaming Linux distro 🙂

It is not necessary to choose the best laptop for Linux or best Linux distro for desktop because as we all know that Linux is the lightweight open source operating system which built for speed and flexibility. So don’t get tangled on picking the best Linux distro of your choice.

And we’ve not sorted this list on any behalf. The 2017 list of best Linux Distro For Gaming doesn’t follow any particular order. So choose them after reading its features, cons, and pros. The system requirement completely depends on your Game whether it is high graphics or whatever but all Gaming Linux distribution required the following hardware requirements to run on any System.

Keep Reading this post till the end 👇 then after this, you can try my dual boot articles to run two OS on one PC.

  • Processor: 64-bit based Intel or AMD Processor
  • RAM: 4GB or higher
  • BIOS: UEFI or Legacy
  • Hard Drive or SDD Space: 150GB or higher
  • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics / Nvidia Graphics Cards / AMD Graphics Cards
  • Additionals: Good Gaming combo of Mouse and Keyboard and LAN / Internet

Best Linux Distro For Gaming

This is the list of 7 best Linux Distributions for gaming purpose.

  • Steam OS
  • Fedora Games Spin
  • Lakka OS
  • Ubuntu GamePack
  • Game Drift Linux
  • SparkyLinux – GameOver Edition
  • Play Linux

1. Steam OS

Steam is powerful and biggest gaming community for gamers and the Steam OS is one of the most popular Linux Gaming OS developed by the Valve Corporation. Steam Store is also available in the Steam OS to download thousands of games on your PC or you can buy other games too.

Steam OS

It has everything set up out of the box, and you don’t have to install other application like Play on Linux or Wine to run any game this Linux distro will do all things for you.

System Requirements

  • Processor: 64-bit based Intel or AMD Processor
  • RAM: 4GB or higher
  • BIOS: UEFI or Legacy
  • Hard Drive or SDD Space: 150GB or higher
  • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics / Nvidia Graphics Cards / AMD Graphics Cards
  • Additionals: Good Gaming combo of Mouse and Keyboard and LAN / Internet

Pros of Steam OS

  • Most Popular Gaming Linux OS
  • Lots of Games (Free & Paid ) are available on Steam StoreSupport various graphics cards
  • Compatible with joysticks/gamepad/game controller
 Cons of Steam OS
  • Only Linux Distro which required High-end System Requirements
  • Only Steam Version Game Available
Download Steam OS

2. Fedora Game Spin

Fedora Games Spin is a Fedora’s Child OS (Fedora OS is parent Linux Distro of Fedora Games Spins). Fedora Games Spin Comes with thousands of Games and you can also install third party games in this Distro 🙂

Fedora Games SpinIt is totally different from the other Linux OS like Ubuntu Game Pak and Steam OS because their base is Debian and Games Spin base is Fedora so it means its installer package format is .RPM

This included Several category games like first person shooters, turn-based strategy, and puzzles. In Fedora game spin any game runner tool is not available means by default such as Wine, PlayOnLinux and Steam are not pre-installed in Fedora Games Spin. You need to download all these applications to run others games.

System Requirements

  • Processor: 64-bit based Intel or AMD Processor
  • RAM: 2GB or higher
  • BIOS: UEFI or Legacy
  • Hard Drive or SDD Space: 50GB or higher
  • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics / Nvidia Graphics Cards / AMD Graphics Cards
  • Additionals: Good Gaming combo of Mouse and Keyboard and LAN / Internet

Pros of Fedora Games Spin

  • Pre-installed thousands of Linux Games
  • Light-weight and easy user-friendly interface
  • Great Stability and Fast

Cons of Fedora Gams Spin

  • Not pre-loaded gaming platforms like Steam Client, PlayOnLinux, and Wine.
  • Need to install hardware drivers
  • Not for enthusiast gamer 🙁
Download Fedora Game Spin

3. Lakka OS

Now here comes the Lakka OS it is most RetroArch Distribution and differnet from other Linux Distros its UI is something look like the Sony Gaming consoles like PSP, Playstation, and others. This is actually a OS which transforms your Laptop or desktop to a Gaming Console.

Lakka OS

Have you ever played games on Gaming Consoles like Nintendo Game Boy or PSP? their same features are available in the Lakka OS, That’s why I like this Linux OS (Lakka OS) very much :D, but there’s problem with this distro i.e you can’t install any  tool like Steam, PlayOnLinux, etc

It has some awesome feature that every gaming Consoles already have – multiplayer, Savestates, Rewind, Shaders, and Wireless Joypads Connectivity and many other settings and configuration. Lakka OS can run every supported game smoothly without any lag than the Console Emulators.

System Requirements

  • Processor: 64-bit based Intel or AMD Processor
  • RAM: 2GB or higher
  • BIOS: UEFI or Legacy
  • Hard Drive or SDD Space: 50GB or higher ( depend on your game sIze)
  • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics / Nvidia Graphics Cards / AMD Graphics Cards / VGA Graphics
  • Additionals: Mouse and Keyboard and LAN / Internet

Pros of Lakka OS

  • Fully Ligh-weight gaming OS
  • Console-Like User Interface
  • Various GPU / Graphics Cards Support
  • Wireless Joypads compatible
  • Most Stable Linux Distro for Gaming Purpose
  • Pre-installed and optimized with various emulators

Cons of Lakka OS

  • Linux Games Not Support but still a Linux Distro 😉
  • Steam and Windows games doesn’t Support
Download Lakka OS

4. Ubuntu GamePack

Ubuntu GamePack is most popular Gaming Linux OS with Base of Ubuntu. Yes, you think right, its kinda similar to the Ubuntu distribution, but it is powerful than the normal Ubuntu Distro. It is gaming distro which runs the various Linux, Windows and Steam games easily.

Lutris ubuntu GamePack

It hasn’t any game pre-installed but it provides the support to run the Steam, Windows and others consoles games on your PC. It  comes with pre-installed software like Wine, PlayOnLinux, Steam Client and Lutris (An open gaming Platform for managing all games including Linux, Windows, Steam and Console games at one place)

System Requirements

  • Processor: 64-bit based Intel or AMD Processor
  • RAM: 2GB or higher
  • Hard Drive: 20GBor higher ( depend on your game sIze)
  • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics / Nvidia Graphics Cards / ATI Graphics Cards / VGA Graphics
  • Additionals: Mouse and Keyboard and LAN / Internet

Pros of Ubuntu GamePack

  • Pre-installed Steam, Wine, PlayOnLinux and Lutris Platform
  • Almost support every Windows, Steam, and Linux game
  • Pre-installed Lutris – Open Gaming Platform

Cons of Ubuntu GamePack

  • Maybe fewLags \ bit drop in FPS
Download Ubuntu GamePack

5. Game Drift Linux

Game Drift Linux Distro provide support for the Linux and Windows games, It is optimized Linux distro to give better gaming experience on Linux same as Windows. It comes with an additional software called CrossOver (an Alternative to PlayOnLinux and Wine) this software runs Windows games and application and it will optimize the games for the possible gaming experience.

Game Drift Linux Distro

Game Drift Linux Distro has its own Game Store, just like Steam Store. There are various Linux games available, so you can download from that place.

System Requirements

  • Processor: 64-bit or 32-bit based Intel or AMD Processor
  • RAM: 2GB or higher
  • Hard Drive: 20GBor higher ( depend on your game sIze)
  • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics / Nvidia Graphics Cards / ATI Graphics Cards / VGA Graphics
  • Additionals: Mouse and Keyboard and an internet connection

Pros of Game Drift Linux Distro

  • Own Games Store
  • Windows and Linux games are supported
  • Comes with CrossOver technology

Cons of Game Drift Linux Distro

  • CrossOver needs to be activated (Paid)
Download Game Drift Linux

6. SparkyLinux – GameOver Edition

This is my favorite Linux Distro for Gaming and I usually use this Linux for playing games because it comes with an awesome tool called APTus Gamer It is a one-click utility that installs various gaming tools like emulators and others in just one click, there are lots of Emulators available in the APTus Gamer.

SparkyLinux – GameOver EditionSteam Client is pre-loaded in Sparky Linux – Gameover Edition. Well, this is the best Linux distro for Gaming and I really like to play the game on it because it can run Windows Games with the help of Wine and PlayOnLinux and its special feature APTus Gamer. It is a Debian Distribution of Linux.

Pros of SparkyLinux – GameOver Edition

  • Steam Client Already Installed
  • Windows Games Supported
  • APTus Gamer tool

Cons of SparkyLinux – GameOver Edition

  • Odd User Interface
Download SparkyLinux

7. Play Linux

All Gaming Linux have some different features and abilities and comes with some special tool, likewise Play Linux is another gaming Linux distro comes with the Steam and PlayOnLinuux applications pre-installed.

Play Linux Gaming Distro

Play Linux is another best Linux distro for gaming and it has a function that automatically detects your graphics card and configures it accordingly then it installs the drivers for your graphics card so you no need to download and install your Graphics driver via Terminal or any other package installer, it makes everything easier for you 🙂

System Requirements

Need enough RAM, Processor, HDD space as it doesn’t have a lot of requirements. so you can run Play Linux on any Low-End PC.

Pros of Play Linux Distro

  • Steam Already Installed
  • Windows Games supported and PlayOnLinux is preinstalled
  • Automatically Configure and Download Graphics driver itself

Cons of Play Linux Distro

  • Not for Hardcore Gamers
Download Play Linux

Some Linux Distros are not required much hardware requirements so you can install some lightweight Linux OS on Raspberry Pi too, trust me it costs very low as compared to any other desktop or laptop

What’s Your Choice?

So this is list of best Linux Distros for Gaming in 2017 if next time someone ask you that which is best Linux OS for gaming purpose so don’t forget to share this post with them 🙂 and if you’ve selected and going to install it on your System then please let us know how is it and how is your gaming experience with that distro.

If in future more Linux Released which suits the Gaming genre then we’ll add that distribution in this list and we’ll update this post. Want to make me happy ???  then do share this post on your timeline with your friends…. 🙂

1 Comment

  • Thanks for sharing this awesome list and you have done very nice jobs.For a long time, I am searching a Linux distro for gaming but couldn’t get any right choice.Now because of you, I’ll find perfect distro for me.Thanks a lot bro and keep up this good work.

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