In the latest Steam Beta Client for desktop, Valve has made an attempt to improve the experience for NVIDIA GPU owners on Linux. Since the New Big Picture Mode landed, it has been pretty rough for NVIDIA users and that's being kind. It's sluggish as heck but now perhaps for some a bit better.
For Linux from the latest Beta:
- Fixed mouse input not working in the Store/Community pages on process startup.
- Fixed mouse input not working in the top area of the window when dpi scaling was enabled.
- Fixed hidpi scaling not working on Nvidia GPUs.
- Fixed HW acceleration not being enabled on Nvidia GPUs.
- Fixed Big Picture mode performance when using Nvidia GPUs. Known issue: some visual artifacts may appear. Use -disable-desktop-gl-fallback to restore previous behaviour if desired.
For me, I saw no improvements at all, it's still sluggish and the first attempt to load it just completely and instantly logged me out of KDE Plasma - ouch. Let me know how you get on in the comments!
The other changes:
- Fixed issue with a black Library pane when starting Steam with -silent (used when Steam starts with your computer) and then clicking on a Steam shortcut to bring up the main window.
- Fixed links in EULA not being clickable
- Fixed options in context menus and dropdowns being inaccessible if they overlapped the bottom bar.
- Fixed screenshots for mods or some non-Steam games becoming inaccessible in screenshots manager.
- Reduced rumble request frequency - the requests over bluetooth may have been causing latency in some gyro over bluetooth setups.