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Steam Remote Play gets VA-API DRM hardware decoding on Linux

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Valve released another Steam Beta for both the Steam Deck and for Desktop Steam, containing various fixes and a nice improvement for Linux Remote Play users. The updates were released January 24th, for anyone who opted into the Steam Beta Client.

First up here's the Steam Deck changes:

General

  • Triggering a Factory Reset will now install a clean version of the OS in addition to deleting user data if the OS image has been modified.
  • When marking a game as private, DLC for the game will also be marked as private.
  • Privacy settings for individual DLC can now be managed from the game's properties, under the privacy tab.
  • Corrected height of low battery notification

Chat

  • Fixed a case where group chats could get stuck on "Requesting Group Chat Information" after reconnecting to Steam

Desktop Mode

  • Fixed maximize/restore button and window resize grip not updating properly.
  • Fixed "My Games" collection also including games borrowed from other users.
  • Fixed opacity of play bar on game details pages.

Steam Input

  • Added a setting for the player LED for DualSense controllers

And the changes for Desktop Steam:

General

  • Fixed initial display of systray menu showing as black window.
  • Fixed maximize/restore button and window resize grip not updating properly.
  • When marking a game as private, DLC for the game will also be marked as private.
  • Privacy settings for individual DLC can now be managed from the game's properties, under the privacy tab.
  • Fixed "My Games" collection also including games borrowed from other users.
  • Fixed opacity of play bar on game details pages.

Steam Overlay

  • Fixed middle-click panning not working in overlay browser on Windows.

Chat

  • Fixed a case where group chats could get stuck on "Requesting Group Chat Information" after reconnecting to Steam

Steam Input

  • Added a setting for the player LED for DualSense controllers

Remote Play

  • Enable VA-API DRM hardware decoding on Linux

SteamVR

  • Fix a case where Steam could prevent SteamVR from properly detecting a USB connected headset and/or controllers.

Do you stick with the Stable Steam Client or like me do you live on the wild side and basically always stick with the Steam Beta? It's good to see Valve be so dedicated to constantly improving the Steam platform as a whole, they're always tweaking something to try and make it better for players.

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Highball Jan 25
Steam Beta. It's pretty rare to see an issue.
Seegras Jan 25
Not happy with that beta.. So not happy I had to revert to stable

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/10408

For another (older) bug there's at least a workaround
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/10414


Last edited by Seegras on 25 January 2024 at 11:20 am UTC
based Jan 25
"Corrected height of low battery notification"
This must be, what, the 3rd time now?
hardpenguin Jan 25
QuoteDo you stick with the Stable Steam Client or like me do you live on the wild side and basically always stick with the Steam Beta?
I exist in a state of ongoing flux, shifting between beta and stable depending on the current intensity of bugs 😛
dpanter Jan 25
Steam Beta on desktop since longer than I can remember, the Deck is fully stock with stable client.
williamjcm Jan 25
Steam Beta ever since I got a Steam Controller. Outside of maybe one case where the client segfaulted on boot *years* ago, but that's it.
Quoting: dpanterSteam Beta on desktop since longer than I can remember, the Deck is fully stock with stable client.
Exactly the same.
kokoko3k Jan 25
I've a vague feeling that Steam is a bit overenginered, even not counting the fact that is based on a browser engine.
I think I ran the beta some years ago (maybe for the big redesign?). I forget why I switched back to stable. Just not as fussed about updates now, I guess.
Can anyone explain what this means or does:
Enable VA-API DRM hardware decoding on Linux
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