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Looks like Valve may be preparing a 64bit version of the Steam client

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Valve may be preparing a 64bit version of the Steam client with an update in the Steam Beta Client that was released yesterday.

Their wording in the patch notes certainly suggests that's what they're doing:

Added support for shipping different binaries to 64bit vs 32bit operating systems in Steam self-updater. This support is being added in preparation for future updates.

Considering the client is already 64bit on Mac, it would make sense to bring that to Linux and Windows soon too. With most people now on 64bit, it was only a matter of time before they did this. Going by the Steam Hardware Survey, few people remain on 32bit. Giving their updater the ability to know the difference between systems, would be the first step towards rolling out 64bit to those systems that support it and eventually warn people on 32bit systems when that eventually becomes deprecated for the Steam client.

We already know they're planning an overhaul of certain parts of the client, with various leaks and Valve eventually talking about it. It's entirely possible that this is in preparation for that to happen.

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solar_dome 12 Aug, 2018
Some games that say they are 64 bit, still use some 32 bit components.

An example would be GRIP
https://www.cagedelement.com/grip/

A relevant part of wine wiki:
https://wiki.winehq.org/Building_Wine#Shared_WoW64


Last edited by solar_dome on 12 August 2018 at 3:06 am UTC
Scoopta 12 Aug, 2018
Quoting: solar_domeSome games that say they are 64 bit, still use some 32 bit components.

An example would be GRIP
https://www.cagedelement.com/grip/

A relevant part of wine wiki:
https://wiki.winehq.org/Building_Wine#Shared_WoW64
But that's a strictly Windows problem so what does that have to do with the Linux version of steam?
solar_dome 14 Aug, 2018
Quoting: ScooptaBut that's a strictly Windows problem so what does that have to do with the Linux version of steam?
Just a Windows problem? That is good to know.
In that case, it just concerns linux+steam+wine users.
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