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Valve put out a brand new Steam Client Beta yesterday and it sounds like a pretty good one, with Linux issues getting some more attention.

Firstly though, they've re-named In-Home Streaming to Steam Remote Play, since the Steam client can now stream games to any other client both inside and outside your home. Additionally, your paired Steam Link devices will now show up in the Remote Play settings and you can remove all paired Steam Link devices.

The next interesting bit is for Vulkan, as Valve have re-worked their shader system so it's capable of downloading and pre-compiling the whole collection of Vulkan pipelines for games. So we will now see shader data downloads in Steam and pre-compiling will be enabled in a "future Beta build". This is exciting, hopefully when this is fully enabled, it will make Vulkan games super smooth for both native and Steam Play.

The Linux client also saw some nice attention, with a fix included for Steam randomly crashing when launching games, something I saw every week. They also fixed a bug that recently gained some renewed attention, where you couldn't copy/move files bigger than 2GB. They've improved the Steam Client's responsivness to networking changes, a fix is included for Risk of Rain and other GameMaker titles due to a libcurl issue. Valve also added the ability to remove old Proton versions by "aliasing them to more recent ones" and they added support for "developers and Valve testing specifying default Proton configuration options for games even if they're not yet white-listed".

For those who had trouble with games like Forager, Chronicon and The Swords of Ditto do give this new beta a try and see if they now run for you. They're all GameMaker titles that had the noted issue above, so hopefully the experience is now better.

Lastly, there's a few Steam Input changes and the Steam Overlay also had a few fixes.

Full changelog can be found here.

Ps. Valve also sent word early this morning that the Steam Link application is now available for iOS and Apple TV users.

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Hori 17 May, 2019
HoriHopefully they will fix the audio bug when streaming. I can hear the audio on both the server and the client - which sucks. I have to close the door each time I want to use it, so I can't hear the sound from the PC. I use monitor built-in-speakers so unless I destroy my finger pressing the volume down button 100 times to turn mute the audio, and then 100 times again to turn it back to max, which I never expected to have to do, I can't do anything about it. Turning the volume down normally through GNOME will turn the volume on the receiver also.

No mute function at the monitor?

Unfortunately not :( Just volume up and down, with 1 step increments. And the buttons are hard plastic, small, and relativel tall (anthough hidden in the back) - which is why they destroy my finger.

damarrinI just turn the monitor off when streaming.

True but even then. I would expect a seamless experience, plug and play. I don't want to setup everything beforehand. Sometimes I just choose not to game simply because of that - and I watch YouTube instead. I can have fun there as well, I don't need to be playing games all the time.

I was planning on buying a Playstation simply because they offer a 100% seamless and comfortable experience (Xbox too but I'd miss all the exclusives that I want). The only reason (and it's a big one for me) why I'm reluctant to do so is the huge (almost 1k games) Steam library that I already have, and all the older games that I still want to continue playing, many on TV, and I don't want to buy again and/or are not available on PS. Another thing would be the Steam Controller which I love and pretty much only works on PCs.

Valve should really try to improve the console-like experience, sure it might not be 100% ever but at least they could improve it.
In any case, as a last resort, I'm willing to give SteamOS a try... but I don't like the idea of dual-booting two OSes from the same family. But at least in that case I can boot my PC into SteamOS straight from the TV without going to the PC itself (Steam Controller works well as an input for GRUB)
appetrosyan 19 May, 2019
I have an ipad pro and I always wanted to play some games on it. AAAND... Now I can! :P
Draconicrose 20 May, 2019
Ooh I wonder if this is why Forager wasn't running so well on my system!
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