Valve continue progress on ensuring the Steam client is both stable and overflowing with features, with a stable update rolling out now.
This new release adds: support for EA Play (the new EA subscription service), fixes numerous bugs, improved updates handling with low disk space, improved handling of game launches which fixes several issues with the Big Picture Overlay, better sorting of games with non-English titles, you can now dismiss a Play Next suggestion, a Steam Points Shop link was added to supported games and more.
Specifically for Linux, here's the changes:
- Fixed "Clear Download Cache" action having no effect
- Fixed a regression with transparent visual selection for SteamOS overlays and on-screen keyboard causing invalid rendering on NVIDIA configurations
- Fixed “STOP” button in the Library having no effect for non-Steamworks titles
- Fixed localization placeholder string appearing on the game launch dialog during Vulkan shader processing
- Fixed a bug where Vulkan shader processing could sometimes get stuck
- Reduced Vulkan shader processing memory usage with the AMD radv driver
- Updated fonts to fix vertical alignment
- Steam runtime 0.20200720.0
- pressure-vessel: bring host VDPAU and VA-API drivers into the container
- pressure-vessel: Improve mechanisms for comparing runtime libraries with host
- pressure-vessel: Choose a correct libgcc_s.so.1 and libxcb.so.1 for newer runtimes
If you're curious on what Pressure Vessel is: it's the container system you can place Linux builds of games into, known as the 'Steam Linux Runtime' available under the Steam Play options. The idea is that it gives a set and stable area for Linux games to continue working across any Linux distribution, which is good for players and great for developers to QA their builds. More info across these articles: #1, #2, #3.
Additionally the Vulkan Shader Pre-Caching feature to help games perform nicely also had a fix for the 'processing progress' indicator displaying on game launch and it will now process local source pipeline database on driver update.
It was released August 29 so if you've not seen it, hit the Steam menu button in the top left and go to Check for Steam Client Updates. Full update log here.