Confused on Steam Play and Proton? Be sure to check out our guide.

Valve have pushed out their recent beta updates to the Steam client for everyone now, this does include the option to force Steam Play on shortcuts you've added for games outside of Steam.

As an example, a game GOG recently gave away free added to Steam to run in Steam Play—it's Linux gaming store inception!

Additionally, this release also includes the addition of gnutls 3 to the Steam Runtime, fixing network connectivity issues in many Steam Play titles

It also fixes a multitude of Linux-specific issues with the Steam client including those pesky zero-byte updates for Steam Play titles, incorrect mouse wheel scrolling offsets, some games weren't properly detected as running, changing settings constantly asking you to restart when not actually needed, there's a fix with host libssl on newer distributions breaking some titles, a crash when purchasing in-game items in Big Picture and so on.

It's really damn good to see much more attention to the little issues being done in the Steam client lately, credit where it's due Valve have been putting in a lot more effort lately and it's showing.

There's plenty more tweaks like the usual updates to Steam Input now supporting the HORI Battle Pad, HORI Wireless Switch Pad, PDP Wired Fight Pad Pro and the PDP Faceoff Wired Pro Controller. Full update notes here.

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massatt212 1 Feb, 2019
Quoting: lejimsterI don't know what I'm doing wrong, but haven't had any success running any external games on steam. Usually when I add an executable it doesn't fill in the location points correctly. But even after editing the launch options I still haven't had any success..

Unless I'm just unlucky with the games I've tried. Maybe I will try another.

On a positive note, I found that somebody has gone to the effort of integrating gallium-nine into a proton build, which works very nicely on Alan Wake and Borderlands (the two games I've tested so far).

does Galium9 work under Nvidia or only Intel and AMD
tonR 1 Feb, 2019
QuoteIt also fixes a multitude of Linux-specific issues with the Steam client including those pesky zero-byte updates for Steam Play titles

True! Hated when my Euro Truck Simulator 1 always "updating" especially when the last real-official update was late-2012.
1xok 1 Feb, 2019
Wow, this was a huge update for the Linux client. Most of the changes affect Linux.
benjamimgois 2 Feb, 2019
Quoting: lejimsterI don't know what I'm doing wrong, but haven't had any success running any external games on steam. Usually when I add an executable it doesn't fill in the location points correctly. But even after editing the launch options I still haven't had any success..

Unless I'm just unlucky with the games I've tried. Maybe I will try another.

On a positive note, I found that somebody has gone to the effort of integrating gallium-nine into a proton build, which works very nicely on Alan Wake and Borderlands (the two games I've tested so far).

Same thing here... i have Witcher 3 from GOG and it doesn't work... i don't know what i'm doing wrong ether.

Quoting: Salvatos
Quoting: lejimsterI don't know what I'm doing wrong, but haven't had any success running any external games on steam. Usually when I add an executable it doesn't fill in the location points correctly. But even after editing the launch options I still haven't had any success.
I had a hard time with it too, the paths I picked from the options didn't seem to get added properly and I had to mess around a bit. For the only game I use this way I ended up having to insert wine commands instead of just file paths, so maybe you need to do the same?
E.g. My configuration for Guild Wars 2 is:
Target: wine "/home/username/gw2/drive_c/Program Files/Guild Wars 2/Gw2.exe" -dx9single

Doesnt work for me
Start in: wine "/home/username/gw2/drive_c/" -dx9single

The second parameter in particular doesn't make any sense whatsoever to me, but it works.
lejimster 2 Feb, 2019
Quoting: massatt212
Quoting: lejimsterI don't know what I'm doing wrong, but haven't had any success running any external games on steam. Usually when I add an executable it doesn't fill in the location points correctly. But even after editing the launch options I still haven't had any success..

Unless I'm just unlucky with the games I've tried. Maybe I will try another.

On a positive note, I found that somebody has gone to the effort of integrating gallium-nine into a proton build, which works very nicely on Alan Wake and Borderlands (the two games I've tested so far).

does Galium9 work under Nvidia or only Intel and AMD

Primarily AMD and Intel because they use open source drivers. You can use Nouveau+gallium-nine for nvidia GPUs. But performance is well behind the proprietary drivers.
Hubro 2 Feb, 2019
Quoting: ripperI don't understand how you can install a GOG Windows game through Steam. In the screenshot in the article, the game is already installed, and you create a shortcut to run it through Steam. That's OK. But how do you install it, from a GOG installer, using Proton?

Good question, I was thinking the same thing. My assumption was that the game downloaded from GoG didn't need an installer, but was just extracted from an archive and executed directly.
skye 2 Feb, 2019
But what if I like my 30+ 0 byte updates a day :D
Still unable to make metro_benchmark.exe work... ¬¬
massatt212 2 Feb, 2019
Quoting: benjamimgois
Quoting: lejimsterI don't know what I'm doing wrong, but haven't had any success running any external games on steam. Usually when I add an executable it doesn't fill in the location points correctly. But even after editing the launch options I still haven't had any success..

Unless I'm just unlucky with the games I've tried. Maybe I will try another.

On a positive note, I found that somebody has gone to the effort of integrating gallium-nine into a proton build, which works very nicely on Alan Wake and Borderlands (the two games I've tested so far).

Same thing here... i have Witcher 3 from GOG and it doesn't work... i don't know what i'm doing wrong ether.

Quoting: Salvatos
Quoting: lejimsterI don't know what I'm doing wrong, but haven't had any success running any external games on steam. Usually when I add an executable it doesn't fill in the location points correctly. But even after editing the launch options I still haven't had any success.
I had a hard time with it too, the paths I picked from the options didn't seem to get added properly and I had to mess around a bit. For the only game I use this way I ended up having to insert wine commands instead of just file paths, so maybe you need to do the same?
E.g. My configuration for Guild Wars 2 is:
Target: wine "/home/username/gw2/drive_c/Program Files/Guild Wars 2/Gw2.exe" -dx9single

Doesnt work for me
Start in: wine "/home/username/gw2/drive_c/" -dx9single

The second parameter in particular doesn't make any sense whatsoever to me, but it works.

Gallium-nine is not working on Darksiders & Ultimate Marvel vs capcom 3 RX 560
popsulfr 2 Feb, 2019
Quoting: lejimsterI don't know what I'm doing wrong, but haven't had any success running any external games on steam. Usually when I add an executable it doesn't fill in the location points correctly. But even after editing the launch options I still haven't had any success..

Unless I'm just unlucky with the games I've tried. Maybe I will try another.

On a positive note, I found that somebody has gone to the effort of integrating gallium-nine into a proton build, which works very nicely on Alan Wake and Borderlands (the two games I've tested so far).

That proton also has ARB shaders toggle which might smooth out the experience for Nvidia users with dx9 games. I'll try to add more dx9 translation option when the other projects get to a good state, I was experimenting with dx12 and he dependency part is there but the proton wine is just too old I'd need to continue this on the latest wine version. Why dx12 ?
Well it might just be another option for dx9 see https://github.com/megai2/d912pxy, which is quite interesting and gives some pointers on what to improve in vkd3d to get it working. For comparison purposes it would also be handy to test dx12 translation and make it available for games on Steam.

As for Gallium nine, there's the issue of the overlay not working which is kind of a dealbreaker. There's no gallium steam overlay option heh, the naive approach would be to use an opengl context to present the image produced by gallium this way the steam overlay can hook onto it. Doesn't look very good for performance though which was the whole point with gallium nine.


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