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Valve fixed up Dead Space on Steam Deck

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For those of you waiting for news on Dead Space becoming more playable on Steam Deck — Valve have already delivered.

In my original article and video, it was an example of just how bad some brand new releases can be, especially when they don't have a shader cache built up for it. Thankfully, Valve apparently continue burning the midnight oil on weekends to get Proton fixed up.

Not only have they put up an initial shader cache now, they've also updated Proton Hotfix to work around the map crashing the game and even included a little performance fix too. The result of all of that together is quite amazing compared with how it was at release.

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Don't go expecting perfection though just yet of course, it’s a brand new big budget title and there may be some lingering issues as Valve is reacting quickly as the problems appear but their dedication to it is truly admirable. Shows how much they care about their players having a good experience, even for titles that haven't been through Deck Verified.

Great work Valve. Hopefully one day we won't have to wait around for shaders to get sorted. Developers using the Vulkan API would be a good start.

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For Linux desktop players curious on how it runs: after allowing Steam time to sort shader pre-caching (which took quite a while — and froze Steam completely at one point). Running it on Fedora Linux 37 with an NVIDIA 2080Ti and an AMD Ryzen 5800X, it does work out of the box.

It still needed about 1 minute for the in-game shader loading before the intro logo screens. From there, it also gave the freezing issue on the loading screens the Steam Deck originally saw but after about 30 seconds that went to the menu just fine. 

Performance can be problematic though even on desktop, as there's plenty of shader stuttering and the intro scene in the ship had at least one full freeze for a good few seconds still. So while the shader system works great for the Steam Deck, desktop Linux is obviously a whole range of hardware combinations so it's not as easy for Valve to sort. Thankfully, desktops generally have a lot more power to push through the shader spikes but even so, repeatedly stuttering and multi-second freezing when it loads new sections in is not great. Hopefully Valve have more VKD3D-Proton performance improvements coming for desktop.

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Moss49 Jan 29
Hi, there, I've selected the hotfix on my deck, but Dead space refuses to launch what should I do to resolve this?
Klaas Jan 29
Quoting: Moss49Hi, there, I've selected the hotfix on my deck, but Dead space refuses to launch what should I do to resolve this?
Have you tried turning it off and on again? I would make sure that the deck is online and then restart it to make sure that it picks up the updated Proton hotfix and shader cache stuff.
Lanz Jan 29
Amazing. Valve is just killing it. A great example of a Teal corporation.
Now I'm torn between wanting to try this awesome game and being a scaredy cat that'll be apprehensive about playing it!
Termy Jan 29
I still haven't seen a clear confirmation if it is native on steam or still tainted by the EA App BS?

But as some are insane enough to not boycott 3rd party launchers, it is nice to see it being tweaked either way. Valve is really putting in the effort.
Liam Dawe Jan 29
Quoting: TermyI still haven't seen a clear confirmation if it is native on steam or still tainted by the EA App BS?

But as some are insane enough to not boycott 3rd party launchers, it is nice to see it being tweaked either way. Valve is really putting in the effort.
There is no EA App here.
Termy Jan 29
Quoting: Liam DaweThere is no EA App here.
Thank you, that is what i wanted to hear :D
Maxine Jan 29
Now I may buy it.
Valve is doing wonders, never ceases to amaze me.
enigmaxg2 Jan 29
Playing the catch-up game again... as more games become DX12-only this only will get worse, translation layers such as VKD3D or DXVK are nice to have, but I hope Valve eventually makes native Vulkan mandatory for games to become Deck-verified.
mr-victory Jan 29
Quoting: enigmaxg2but I hope Valve eventually makes native Vulkan mandatory for games to become Deck-verified.
Not verified but if Valve introduced another compatibility level like "optimized" which guarantees the developer is well aware of Steam Deck and QAs updates for it before releasing, mandatory Vulkan would be a good requirement.
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