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Valve fix new EA app in Proton Experimental for Linux and Steam Deck

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Recently, EA starting removing Origin from games on Steam and replacing it with the EA app which as I noted before, caused numerous issues. Now, Valve should have solved it in Proton Experimental.

Some games just didn't work at all with the change, others needed a re-install, some needed a couple of re-loads and so on. It was a big nuisance and quite annoying that EA seemingly didn't work with Valve on it before pushing out such a big change. Anyway, should be all good now.

Here's all that's changed:

  • Fix Edge Webview installer throwing an error when starting Vermintide 2 for the first time.
  • Fix the new EA launcher displaying a blank window.
  • Fix The Anacrusis not displaying video when joining a match (experimental regression).
  • Enable nvapi for: Red Dead Redemption 2, Red Dead Online.

Changelog available here. As a reminder (for desktop), you now need Mesa 22 / Nvidia drivers 510.47 or newer for Proton Experimental. On Steam Deck, Valve control the drivers for you so it's fine.

Need to know how to change the Proton version used? See the below video that goes over the changes and shows you what to do on Steam Deck:

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Text guide (Steam Deck):

  • Pick a game and head to the little COG icon on the right.
  • Click Properties, then Compatibility on the left.
  • Make sure the tickbox is done, then select Proton Experimental from the dropdown.

On a Linux desktop:

  • Right click a game, go to Properties.
  • Compatibility on the left.
  • Make sure the tickbox is done, then select Proton Experimental from the dropdown.
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Lanz 3 Nov
Amazing that EA quality control allowed it to ship while breaking Proton/Steam Deck.
adolson 3 Nov
I had issues with Origin, so I avoided buying EA games whenever possible. I hope this new thing is less annoying. I don't even understand why it's allowed on Steam to have these intermediate launcher things. They never make anything easier, faster, or better in any way.
Quoting: LanzAmazing that EA quality control allowed it to ship while breaking Proton/Steam Deck.

Because it app is targeted for Windows, not Wine / Proton
melkemind 3 Nov
Quoting: iWeaker4You
Quoting: LanzAmazing that EA quality control allowed it to ship while breaking Proton/Steam Deck.

Because it app is targeted for Windows, not Wine / Proton

And that concerns me a bit because we might always have a moving target with supporting Windows games, especially if Microsoft ever makes a big platform change. I can only hope that, as steam deck numbers continue to rise, more game companies will make supporting Linux a priority, even if it's not their top priority.
Appelsin 3 Nov
Quoting: LanzAmazing that EA quality control allowed it to ship while breaking Proton/Steam Deck.

Call me cynical, but I’m leaning more towards “does it break Proton/Steam Deck? Yes, you said? Alright, ship it!”.

And you’re making a big assumption that EA QC actually exists in the first place 😂 if it does, the two people still employed there likely have their hands full testing the ”surprise mechanics” of FIFA 2023.


Last edited by Appelsin on 3 November 2022 at 3:23 pm UTC
Quoting: melkemind
Quoting: iWeaker4You
Quoting: LanzAmazing that EA quality control allowed it to ship while breaking Proton/Steam Deck.

Because it app is targeted for Windows, not Wine / Proton

And that concerns me a bit because we might always have a moving target with supporting Windows games, especially if Microsoft ever makes a big platform change.
It's very difficult for them to do that, though. Too much legacy Windows software that would also break.
Quoting: Appelsindoes it break Proton/Steam Deck? Yes, you said?
It is most likely "Does it break Steam Deck? -- What is a Steam Deck?"
In other words they didn't think much about testing. If you want to see how EA QA is just look at FIFA 23's reviews.
EA doesn't care about anything that's not Windows or console. It's just not in their culture and I actually doubt they have the needed skills in that company to support anything outside their little box. I mean let's be honest, Origin doesn't really work even in Windows, and the new app seems to be just as bad a piece of software as Origin was. These people aren't really good at what they do. EA thrived all these years not from making great games, but from a handful of strong IP franchises such as FIFA and NHL, people keep buying because of the license year after year, not such much because the games are good.

The only real hope is EA's competitors finally realizing how weak EA's games are and finally find the courage to directly compete with them. Like how Cities Skylines wiped out EA's Sim City line after EA ran it into the ground. I am waiting for somebody to pick up the Sims, too. And since FIFA pulled the license from EA, there is some hope for the sports game genre, too. Let's see!
For me, Proton Experimental broke cinematics in Borderlands 3 and Back4Blood.
fagnerln 3 Nov
Quoting: KimyrielleEA thrived all these years not from making great games, but from a handful of strong IP franchises such as FIFA and NHL, people keep buying because of the license year after year, not such much because the games are good.

The only real hope is EA's competitors finally realizing how weak EA's games are and finally find the courage to directly compete with them. Like how Cities Skylines wiped out EA's Sim City line after EA ran it into the ground. I am waiting for somebody to pick up the Sims, too. And since FIFA pulled the license from EA, there is some hope for the sports game genre, too. Let's see!

It's a bit sad to be honest, EA was amazing in the past, a ton of good titles, but nowadays it has only two untouchable titles: FIFA and The Sims (TS5 will release soon)

But I disagree that the success of FIFA is because of the FIFA's name, the success is because the competitor is eFootball, which has an atrocious release, making even the most hardcore fan of PES start playing FIFA.

Another thing is that licensing is important to this kind of games, and EA has a ton of money to do this. Even if EA renames it to EA Soccer or whatever, it'll still sell a lot.

There's UFL too, but who knows when it will release and it's only for consoles initially.
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