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Valve put out a brand new Steam Client Beta yesterday and it sounds like a pretty good one, with Linux issues getting some more attention.

Firstly though, they've re-named In-Home Streaming to Steam Remote Play, since the Steam client can now stream games to any other client both inside and outside your home. Additionally, your paired Steam Link devices will now show up in the Remote Play settings and you can remove all paired Steam Link devices.

The next interesting bit is for Vulkan, as Valve have re-worked their shader system so it's capable of downloading and pre-compiling the whole collection of Vulkan pipelines for games. So we will now see shader data downloads in Steam and pre-compiling will be enabled in a "future Beta build". This is exciting, hopefully when this is fully enabled, it will make Vulkan games super smooth for both native and Steam Play.

The Linux client also saw some nice attention, with a fix included for Steam randomly crashing when launching games, something I saw every week. They also fixed a bug that recently gained some renewed attention, where you couldn't copy/move files bigger than 2GB. They've improved the Steam Client's responsivness to networking changes, a fix is included for Risk of Rain and other GameMaker titles due to a libcurl issue. Valve also added the ability to remove old Proton versions by "aliasing them to more recent ones" and they added support for "developers and Valve testing specifying default Proton configuration options for games even if they're not yet white-listed".

For those who had trouble with games like Forager, Chronicon and The Swords of Ditto do give this new beta a try and see if they now run for you. They're all GameMaker titles that had the noted issue above, so hopefully the experience is now better.

Lastly, there's a few Steam Input changes and the Steam Overlay also had a few fixes.

Full changelog can be found here.

Ps. Valve also sent word early this morning that the Steam Link application is now available for iOS and Apple TV users.

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Mohandevir 16 May 2019 at 12:55 pm UTC
HoriHopefully they will fix the audio bug when streaming. I can hear the audio on both the server and the client - which sucks. I have to close the door each time I want to use it, so I can't hear the sound from the PC. I use monitor built-in-speakers so unless I destroy my finger pressing the volume down button 100 times to turn mute the audio, and then 100 times again to turn it back to max, which I never expected to have to do, I can't do anything about it. Turning the volume down normally through GNOME will turn the volume on the receiver also.

Can you turn off your monitor? My speakers are connected to mine and that's what I do. It works. The important thing is that something must be connected in one of your GPU's video output. After that, if it's on or off, doesn't matter. I even tested with an HDMI dummy plug (6$) and it works too.

For those that don't know what is an HDMI dummy plug:
https://www.amazon.com/Headless-Display-Emulator-Generation-Single/dp/B07FB8GJ1Z/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=dummy+hdmi&qid=1558011247&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1


Last edited by Mohandevir at 16 May 2019 at 7:25 pm UTC
Kimyrielle 16 May 2019 at 1:54 pm UTC
Nice update. Being able to remove old Proton versions is nice. I don't think there is a good reason to keep them around, so they are just cluttering our hard drives.
massatt212 16 May 2019 at 2:15 pm UTC
i tried soul calibur 6 for AMD
was still laggy, but im very happy they are trying to solve the Stutters
and cant wait for D9VK to work with Proton
F.Ultra 16 May 2019 at 4:43 pm UTC
mirv
ArehandoroGreat update. Interesting seeing yesterday lots of games that I did not know used Vulkan getting the shaders pre-downloaded (Vampyr, Shenmue I/II for example)

Possibly because DXVK uses Vulkan, not the original game. I assume anyway.

Yep, Vampyr in particular does not use Vulkan natively.
Phlebiac 16 May 2019 at 5:32 pm UTC
HoriI use monitor built-in-speakers so unless I destroy my finger pressing the volume down button 100 times to turn mute the audio, and then 100 times again to turn it back to max, which I never expected to have to do, I can't do anything about it. Turning the volume down normally through GNOME will turn the volume on the receiver also.

Turn the monitor off?
Salvatos 16 May 2019 at 5:43 pm UTC
They finally did remote play? Awesome. I'll finally be able to run games on computers that don't have a dedicated GPU and without having to download them first when I visit family for a few days. Although I would feel bad leaving my computer on just for that. Maybe that will finally convince me to install Folding@home and run it in my absence.
iwantlinuxgames 16 May 2019 at 7:36 pm UTC
Salvatos.(snip) Although I would feel bad leaving my computer on just for that. Maybe that will finally convince me to install Folding@home and run it in my absence.

you turn your computer off????? o_O
F.Ultra 16 May 2019 at 9:15 pm UTC
SalvatosThey finally did remote play? Awesome. I'll finally be able to run games on computers that don't have a dedicated GPU and without having to download them first when I visit family for a few days. Although I would feel bad leaving my computer on just for that. Maybe that will finally convince me to install Folding@home and run it in my absence.

There is always Wake-On-Lan
Salvatos 16 May 2019 at 9:39 pm UTC
iwantlinuxgames
Salvatos.(snip) Although I would feel bad leaving my computer on just for that. Maybe that will finally convince me to install Folding@home and run it in my absence.

you turn your computer off????? o_O
I don't see why I should let it just waste electricity when I'm not using it.

F.UltraThere is always Wake-On-Lan
Interesting, but I can't see myself setting this all up. Thanks for pointing it out, though.
Eike 17 May 2019 at 6:16 am UTC
iwantlinuxgames
Salvatos.(snip) Although I would feel bad leaving my computer on just for that. Maybe that will finally convince me to install Folding@home and run it in my absence.

you turn your computer off????? o_O

To have it not running through for days without good reason, I figure.
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