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For those of you sticking with the stable channel of Steam Play's Proton system, Valve have today rolled out all the recent beta changes for everyone.

Previously, you had access to Proton 3.7-3 which was what everyone used by default and you could also use the "Compatibility tool" dropdown in the Steam Play options section to switch to a beta to have the latest updates. Valve must now consider all the changes stable enough, as Proton 3.7-6 is now the default. There's another beta channel now, which is still currently at 3.7-6 but it should remain where the latest changes go.

There's quite a lot of improvements included since the initial release, like: automatic mouse capturing in fullscreen windows by default, performance improvements, certain game compatibility improvements, an updated build of DXVK, more display resolution support and so on. You can see the full changelog here.

If you missed them, we had an interview with the creator of DXVK which is part of Steam Play's Proton and an interview with Linux game porter Ethan Lee recently. We will have another article up having a chat with a few developers about it all in a few days. Given that we're approaching the weekend, it will probably be early next week. We have some interesting people lined up for it, stay tuned.

It's really fun to watch it progress, I'm pretty excited personally to see how it evolves over the next year. It's still early days, but it has been rather promising so far. How have you all been finding it so far? What has been your biggest surprise with it? Let us know in the comments.

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Liam Dawe 13 Sep, 2018
Quoting: Nevertheless
Quoting: liamdawe
Quoting: GuestI just want voices and music in Skyrim Special Edition....
I believe FAudio will fix that, which Ethan Lee is working on. Let's hope Valve hire him, full speed ahead number 1!

That will be the solution to make it work out of the box. However there is a workaround for Skyrim Special Edition. Works for me..

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/99i4se/skyrim_on_linux_steam_play_no_voiceno_music_audio/
Workarounds are nice, but the point with Steam Play is to use no workarounds, click and play.
Leopard 13 Sep, 2018
Quoting: Nevertheless
Quoting: liamdawe
Quoting: GuestI just want voices and music in Skyrim Special Edition....
I believe FAudio will fix that, which Ethan Lee is working on. Let's hope Valve hire him, full speed ahead number 1!

That will be the solution to make it work out of the box. However there is a workaround for Skyrim Special Edition. Works for me..

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/99i4se/skyrim_on_linux_steam_play_no_voiceno_music_audio/

That workaround breaks when you fast travel afaik.
Nevertheless 13 Sep, 2018
Quoting: liamdawe
Quoting: Nevertheless
Quoting: liamdawe
Quoting: GuestI just want voices and music in Skyrim Special Edition....
I believe FAudio will fix that, which Ethan Lee is working on. Let's hope Valve hire him, full speed ahead number 1!

That will be the solution to make it work out of the box. However there is a workaround for Skyrim Special Edition. Works for me..

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/99i4se/skyrim_on_linux_steam_play_no_voiceno_music_audio/
Workarounds are nice, but the point with Steam Play is to use no workarounds, click and play.

Quite correct! I don't think they would ever whitelist a game with native MS dlls enabled..
edo 13 Sep, 2018
I played The Witness, it works great on Linux, and behaves in the same way than on W10. Only issue is that there is a bit of performance penalty which I would like if it were fixed in future releases.

Also other small games, like gta2 works excellent and etc.


Last edited by edo on 13 September 2018 at 9:18 pm UTC
Nevertheless 13 Sep, 2018
Quoting: Leopard
Quoting: Nevertheless
Quoting: liamdawe
Quoting: GuestI just want voices and music in Skyrim Special Edition....
I believe FAudio will fix that, which Ethan Lee is working on. Let's hope Valve hire him, full speed ahead number 1!

That will be the solution to make it work out of the box. However there is a workaround for Skyrim Special Edition. Works for me..

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/99i4se/skyrim_on_linux_steam_play_no_voiceno_music_audio/

That workaround breaks when you fast travel afaik.

Gotta try...

Yes, you're right. Fast travel is an odd condition to break sound, but yes it does. So it's no real help..


Last edited by Nevertheless on 13 September 2018 at 9:36 pm UTC
wojtek88 13 Sep, 2018
Quoting: HoriAny idea when the next batch of whitelisted Steam Play games is coming up? :D Or rather... will it come at all before the Steam Play release, or just after?
I would suggest to vote up this issue as you are not the only one that wonders how can we know which titles and when are going to be whitelisted...
lucifertdark 13 Sep, 2018
I agree with silmeth.

Here's a short list of what I'd like to see in future versions of Proton.

Wine 3.15, or the most recent stable version if possible..
32bit Prefixes for those games that absolutely need it.
.NET working in 64bit prefixes if possible, we wouldn't need 32bit prefixes that way.
No more 0byte downloads every time I fire up Steam.
An easier way to configure prefixes than Winetricks, or a proper gui for it that makes sense.
unused Proton folder automatically deleted when switching between Beta & non-Beta, at the moment it just hangs around, potential conflict lie that way.

On a brighter note, Proton is flipping awesome.


Last edited by lucifertdark on 13 September 2018 at 9:47 pm UTC
Cyba.Cowboy 13 Sep, 2018
Exciting times!

I truly believe that if Valve Software stick at this - and (eventually) get the majority of the "Steam" catalog working via a simple "click" of "install" - it could be a game-changer... Outside of niche applications, a modern Linux-based operating system can do most of what a Microsoft Windows-based system can do these days (often to the same standard, too!), but games is one of the last big hold-outs.

Will it usher in the long fabled era of "the Linux desktop"?

I doubt it - there's a lot of wheels that need to turn for that to happen, and Microsoft have a L-O-T of resources at their disposal if such a thing ever did gain traction... But it will certainly narrow the divide by a considerable margin.
elmapul 13 Sep, 2018
they should add an icon to compatible games...
but i'm not sure if the steamOS icon is the right icon to use.
Leopard 13 Sep, 2018
Quoting: Nevertheless
Quoting: Leopard
Quoting: Nevertheless
Quoting: liamdawe
Quoting: GuestI just want voices and music in Skyrim Special Edition....
I believe FAudio will fix that, which Ethan Lee is working on. Let's hope Valve hire him, full speed ahead number 1!

That will be the solution to make it work out of the box. However there is a workaround for Skyrim Special Edition. Works for me..

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/99i4se/skyrim_on_linux_steam_play_no_voiceno_music_audio/

That workaround breaks when you fast travel afaik.

Gotta try...

Yes, you're right. Fast travel is an odd condition to break sound, but yes it does. So it's no real help..

We need Faudio to solve that for good.
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