Valve are continuing their polishing effort to make the Steam Client work better, with a load of work from the recent Beta releases now out for everyone.
This Steam Client update includes an updated version of their embedded Chromium build, it adds in a Big Picture Mode library filter for local multiplayer games, multiple changes to Steam Input including a new "Controller Connected" notification (which can be turned off), the ability to blacklist individual DirectInput and Xinput devices in the controller settings menu, improvements to in-home streaming, Vulkan pipeline dumping and collection if Shader Pre-Caching is enabled and more.
As I understand it, the Vulkan part above is so the shader cache for a Vulkan game can be uploaded to Steam and shared, so we would hopefully see less stuttering which would be a big improvement.
For Linux specifically, these issues were fixed and improved:
- Fixed more instances of 0-byte downloads and missing Proton or data files for Steam Play titles
- Added Steam Play configuration settings in Big Picture Mode
- Fixed an issue where the mouse cursor would be invisible in the Steam Overlay when playing games through Steam Play
- Fixed an issue where the Steam Client wouldn’t automatically update or download Proton before launching games through Steam Play
- Fixed additional cursor and mouse grabbing issues with the overlay on Steam Play games.
- Improve support for Steam Library on NTFS mounts
See the release notes here.
Nice to see a bunch of Steam Play fixes make it in, the experience is really coming along now which has enabled me to enjoy Deep Rock Galactic greatly.
What would you like to see improved next in the Steam Client?