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Valve have pushed out the latest smaller update to Steam Play, this time including an updated DXVK and a bunch of fixes for various games.

Full changelog:

  • Update DXVK to 1.2.1.
  • Support for new Steam networking APIs. Should fix some newer titles, including A Hat in Time.
  • Many controller layout fixes. Should fix controller layout in many Unity-based titles, including Subnautica, and some Ubisoft titles.

While smaller than previous updates, obviously it's still a pretty good one. Moving from DXVK 1.1.1 to 1.2.1 alone should benefit a number of games and improve GPU utilization. The networking and controller layout fixes are also very welcome, as the better we can get various games working the more likely people are to try out Linux.

What have you been testing with Steam Play lately? I'm still hooked on Deep Rock Galactic, while our livestreamer Sin has been checking out Rage 2 on our Twitch Channel and it looks great.

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gradyvuckovic 24 May, 2019
This appears to have fixed Assassins Creed Unity, now the main character doesn't turn and run constantly. Makes the game pretty playable. Still testing games, will edit and update my comment with any other games I discover that work. =)

Thanks Valve, love ya work!
Corben 24 May, 2019
Aah... this is great news!
I'm wondering though if Valve is going to whitelist some more games.
They haven't whitelisted any games since 3.16-x.
But I guess giving support from Valve to too many titles would be too time consuming. I'm okay with that, protondb is a great source to check if a title is likely to work. And we do see many fixes for certain games, that aren't whitelisted. I also guess it would be wise to whitelist only games, that won't receive any updates anymore, so the base game is stable.

Nevertheless, I'm so grateful to be able to play so many games now on Linux, especially those triple-A titles like Rage 2. It would be interesting to get some statistics on the the Linux sales of those. I bet it's around the hw-survey stats, so probably less than 1% for Linux sales, but it would be interesting nevertheless.

That's also why I still like to buy games on Steam. Valve's support in the client (incl. Linux ofc), but also their store (they are the biggest, so they also get most of the critique), community stuff, etc. They use the extra money for improvements. E.g. Epic might take a lower cut, but they are also lacking so many features still, and I couldn't help it, but I had to laugh out loud when I heard you get banned when you buy too many titles within in a too little time slot on the Epic store. A lot to learn for them there. But they'll eventually get into it. And then we'll see if they can really compete with Steam.

Now I'm looking forward to play some games in Proton, and check if I can see a performance boost o/
Beamboom 24 May, 2019
I wonder if this also might fix the mouse issue in Fallout 4?

Speaking of that - I am amazed, no less, of the performance in Fallout 4! It really is a joy to finally be able to play that game. It's not flawless, an annoying mouse issue requiring me to alt-tab out of the game and click other windows and then return to have it fix the issue is particularly annoying, but with a controller it really runs totally without hickups (the game is built for controllers anyway so it it totally cool).

After this game (that'll take some months...) I'll do GTA5 next!

Last edited by Beamboom on 24 May 2019 at 9:51 am UTC
scaine 24 May, 2019
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I wonder if fixing the networking issues is the foundation for an attempt at building in EAC support to a future Proton? I also wonder if there were further FAudio fixes in there from Ethan Lee - he hasn't tweeted anything on the subject recently, but I'll keep an eye out.

The only thing missing in Deep Rock Galactic now is voice support. Not that anyone actually uses it anyway, but it would be nice to have a perfect experience...
BOYSSSSS 24 May, 2019
Tested Dark Deception (first chapter is free) works flawlessly and Project Remedium I get a black screen at startup and I need to press space to continue, otherwise runs good.
onurB 24 May, 2019
Great Far Cry new dawn is now playable with controller :D
ziabice 24 May, 2019
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I'm a bit disappointed: I espected a bigger FPS increment from The Surge, the game stays over 30 FPS a little bit more, but that's all...
Comandante Ñoñardo 25 May, 2019
Tomb Raider test On Linux via PROTON 4.2-5.. Much more performance than the Linux port made by Feral.

Last edited by Comandante Ñoñardo on 25 May 2019 at 1:17 am UTC
no_information_here 25 May, 2019
Playing the new Enhanced version of Borderlands 1. Works well (after the tweaks mentioned on ProtonDB). The mouse wasn't locking, so my Steam Controller mouse pad would hit the side of the screen and prevent me from turning. Tried it after the update and didn't have any problems. Hopefully fixed...

Man, the first Borderlands game is darker than I remember. It still has good humour, but the world feels pretty bleak. Plays well, though. The update makes the interface much more like #2.
Zuul 25 May, 2019
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoTomb Raider test On Linux via PROTON 4.2-5.. Much more performance than the Linux port made by Feral.
yeah what is it with Feral? Fuck AMD, nVidia FTW?... I can't take them seriously. yeah yeah read the damn storepage but seriously, I've had nothing but black textures and crashes since I started to buy games from them. No more.

Last edited by Zuul on 25 May 2019 at 2:23 pm UTC
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