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Valve has today released a huge upgrade to Proton, the compatibility layer for Linux that allows Windows games to run.

Proton 7.0 pulls in Wine 7.0 which it's based upon along with: upgrades to DXVK 1.9.4 for DirectX 9 / 10 / 11, newer VKD3D-Proton for DirectX 12 to Vulkan and wine-mono to 7.1.2. It also brings over some changes from Proton Experimental like performance improvements around input, windowing, and memory allocation.

In their official changelog, these are listed as newly playable:

  • Anno 1404
  • Call of Juarez
  • DCS World Steam Edition
  • Disgaea 4 Complete+
  • Dungeon Fighter Online
  • Epic Roller Coasters XR
  • Eternal Return
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Gravity Sketch VR
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • NecroVisioN
  • Nights of Azure
  • Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas
  • Order of War
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • Resident Evil 0
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • Rocksmith 2014 Edition
  • SCP: Secret Laboratory
  • Wargroove
  • Wartales
  • Yakuza 4 Remastered

Even more exciting work came in with support for Easy Anti-Cheat if the game has enabled a Linux module, support for local decoding of H264 videos, improvements to Steam Input for games using Origin, better audio in Skyrim and Fallout 4, fixes for the Paradox Launcher and a few other game specific fixes.

Speaking about the release on Twitter, Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais said: "Proton 7.0 is now available! Highlights include playable Persona 4 Golden, audio fixes for Skyrim and Fallout games, local H264 decoding support, and the foundation for legacy EAC support. SW: Squadrons and Knockout City are currently playable with EAC, with more on the way soon!"

Just like they did for the BattlEye update, there's a new "Proton EasyAntiCheat Runtime" available in the Steam client to download, along with Proton 7.0 - which you may need to restart Steam to actually see.

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Woot! Proton major update time, it's like Christmas only the Santa Claus is real.
Corben 16 Feb
Time to test Star Wars: Squadrons again! I've already seen the easyanticheat so file being delivered, but I still got kicked out of multiplayer matches. Time to test again with Proton 7.
According to the tweet of flibitijibibo Proton 7 is also being used for the Deck verified program.
mZSq7Fq3qs 16 Feb
QuoteRocksmith 2014 Edition

nice.

Hope that they can get that USB-chord thingy working so that I can plug in my quitar.
Beamboom 16 Feb
Here's hoping that this will also make Cyberpunk 2077 work again, after the massive patch yesterday...!

Quoting: mZSq7Fq3qsHope that they can get that USB-chord thingy working so that I can plug in my quitar.
Ah! Good point! I sincerely hope so too! I've mentally put Rocksmith into the "not working" category due to that USB issue.

Would be fantastic if that one is working, then there'll be rockin' in my cave. :)


Last edited by Beamboom on 16 February 2022 at 8:44 am UTC
crt0mega 16 Feb
QuoteNecroVisioN
Liam Dawe 16 Feb
Quoting: BeamboomHere's hoping that this will also make Cyberpunk 2077 work again, after the massive patch yesterday...!
Worked fine for me after the patch, checked again this morning with Proton 7 and still works fine for me.
Beamboom 16 Feb
Quoting: Liam DaweWorked fine for me after the patch, checked again this morning with Proton 7 and still works fine for me.

Really?! Oh man that's a relief cause I can't wait to check out the new stuff. And you're on Nivida, right? My install flatlined after the upgrade. Thanks for that info, I'll have to look more into this then!


Last edited by Beamboom on 16 February 2022 at 9:10 am UTC
Beka 16 Feb
I noticed something interesting when trying Wargroove.

Wargroove was crashing when intro video was playing on previous proton versions. It looks like they added some color testing/placeholder video instead of the original video, when you run game with proton 7.0.

Now it's not crashing anymore when you run the game. Before I had to run it with 'No intro' option.
damarrin 16 Feb
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I hope that means P4G gets to lose its unsupported tag soon.
Solitary 16 Feb
Quoting: BekaI noticed something interesting when trying Wargroove.

Wargroove was crashing when intro video was playing on previous proton versions. It looks like they added some color testing/placeholder video instead of the original video, when you run game with proton 7.0.

Now it's not crashing anymore when you run the game. Before I had to run it with 'No intro' option.

That is the placeholder for missing WMF videos, my guess is that Yakuza 4 is the same type of "fix". That game used to simply freeze during loading on start because of intro/credits videos.

Quoting: damarrinI hope that means P4G gets to lose its unsupported tag soon.

Some of the comments report the videos in the game are just placeholders. So the game probably runs now, but without videos (I don't know the game, so I am not sure if it's just intros or actual part of gameplay).
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