It's Become Much Easier To Run Steam On FreeBSD-Derived TrueOS

Written by Michael Larabel in BSD on 3 February 2017 at 05:22 PM EST. 4 Comments
There have been ways to get Steam running on FreeBSD using Wine and efforts as well with using the operating system's Linux binary compatibility layer, but now it's become much easier for users of TrueOS, formerly known as PC-BSD.

TrueOS has added the Wine-based PlayOnBSD package to their AppCafe library. With PlayOnBSD being available from TrueOS' AppCafe, it can be all GUI-driven now for getting Steam running on BSD. PlayOnBSD -- similar to PlayOnLinux -- automates much of the process for setting up Windows game/software under Wine.

Those interested in instructions can find details via along with screenshots walking potential BSD gamers through the setup process. Of course, for gaming on BSD the NVIDIA binary driver is really the only option with the FreeBSD support for Radeon/Intel open-source graphics advancing but still not caught up to the mainline Linux driver state.
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