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A freshly brewed Proton Experimental release just went out today which includes a bunch of fixes for various games. Here's your usual run over what's improved for Steam Deck / Linux desktop. This is the version of Proton that gets updates before the main stable version, which recently updated to Proton 8.0-4.

Noted as newly playable with this release is: Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes.

Here's the fixes:

  • Fixed multiplayer in NASCAR Heat 5.
  • Fixed issues with connecting to online services in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (previously fixed in Proton Hotfix).
  • Fixed Resident Evil 4 Separate Ways crashing on AMD GPUs (previously fixed in Proton Hotfix).
  • Fixed Elite Dangerous crashing when opening external links.
  • Fixed audio issues when playing intro video in Airborne Kingdom.
  • Fixed Halo Infinite crashes on SteamOS Beta / Main.
  • Fixed wrong scaling in MareQuest: An Interactive Tail and Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 on Steam Deck when set to fullscreen.

Changelog can be found over here

It will just show up in your Steam Downloads as an update for Proton Experimental, as Proton updates just like games do, so keep an eye out for it. Want more info about Steam Play and Proton? Check out my beginner's guide.

How to change your Proton version:

Steam Deck:

  • Pick a game in your Library and head to the little cog icon on the right.
  • Click Properties, then Compatibility on the left.
  • Make sure the tickbox is done, then select Proton Experimental from the dropdown.

On a Linux desktop:

  • Right click a game, go to Properties.
  • Compatibility on the left.
  • Make sure the tickbox is done, then select Proton Experimental from the dropdown.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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nwildner Oct 12
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