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A new Steam Client Beta is out with reduced CPU use, DPI fixes and more

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The Steam client continues to improve with the latest Steam Client Beta. It includes some overdue optimizations!

The Valve developers have managed to reduce the CPU and battery use of Steam when it's running in the background, hopefully giving us all a smoother experience.

Also, the Steam Overlay finally got a little bit smarter. It should now be aware of a monitor's DPI and scale properly for games running at higher resolutions.

There's also some updates to Steam Input, including a new layers feature for Action Sets which they say works like Photoshop layers, allowing for quick modifications.

On top of that, they also fixed the DS4 Gyro when streaming over a Steam Link.

See the full update notes here. Lots of little improvements do go a long way, I hope to see them continue to improve the Steam client when using higher resolutions. On Linux, the Steam client doesn't scale at all and it's quite annoying if you have a 4K monitor.

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TheSHEEEP 14 September 2017 at 2:36 pm UTC
Do you still have to disable the Steam overlay because it just keeps freezing the game (if you are lucky and it doesn't freeze the entire system)?
Especially when using its browser (which is the only thing I use it for, easier than alt-tabbing).
Xpander 14 September 2017 at 4:28 pm UTC
TheSHEEEPDo you still have to disable the Steam overlay because it just keeps freezing the game (if you are lucky and it doesn't freeze the entire system)?
Especially when using its browser (which is the only thing I use it for, easier than alt-tabbing).

what? never seen it freeze a game or entire system. but it does make small fps hit on some games
TheSHEEEP 14 September 2017 at 5:01 pm UTC
Xpander
TheSHEEEPDo you still have to disable the Steam overlay because it just keeps freezing the game (if you are lucky and it doesn't freeze the entire system)?
Especially when using its browser (which is the only thing I use it for, easier than alt-tabbing).

what? never seen it freeze a game or entire system. but it does make small fps hit on some games
I wish I had never seen it, but it happens once every few hours on both my laptop and main machine (which have both different hardware and linux distributions), as well as on the laptop of my GF.
And it happens far more often when using the browsers.

No idea what causes it but I'm willing to try again when the new Steam client is no longer beta.
Kiba 14 September 2017 at 5:45 pm UTC
TheSHEEEP
Xpander
TheSHEEEPDo you still have to disable the Steam overlay because it just keeps freezing the game (if you are lucky and it doesn't freeze the entire system)?
Especially when using its browser (which is the only thing I use it for, easier than alt-tabbing).

what? never seen it freeze a game or entire system. but it does make small fps hit on some games
I wish I had never seen it, but it happens once every few hours on both my laptop and main machine (which have both different hardware and linux distributions), as well as on the laptop of my GF.
And it happens far more often when using the browsers.

No idea what causes it but I'm willing to try again when the new Steam client is no longer beta.
This affects me too, i just use alt-tab and (ironically) everything works better. I only want the new UI from valve.
https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/steam-just-keeps-growing-according-to-a-presentation-valve-did-recently-ui-update-is-coming.9947
oldgaro 14 September 2017 at 6:04 pm UTC
Praised be GabeN!
ImFromMoston 14 September 2017 at 7:10 pm UTC
Have they decided to fully support their own controller yet.. or is it still the half assed implication its been, pretty much since launch.
Joeyboots80 14 September 2017 at 7:48 pm UTC
I just noticed I can finally watch trailers on steam in fullscreen without half the screen artifacting. I've had that issue for a while now. Good stuff!

Edit: Hmmm, wierd. It seems it still does it sometimes. It works the first time I play a trailer in fullscreen, but it does the artifacting every subsequent time after the first. I have to leave the store page for the game and go back to reset it. Well, at least it's partially fixed?


Last edited by Joeyboots80 at 14 September 2017 at 7:51 pm UTC
N30N 15 September 2017 at 1:34 am UTC
ImFromMostonHave they decided to fully support their own controller yet.. or is it still the half assed implication its been, pretty much since launch.
You're going to need to elaborate on what issue(s) you had with it. It's been flawless for me.
TheSHEEEP 15 September 2017 at 6:45 am UTC
N30N
ImFromMostonHave they decided to fully support their own controller yet.. or is it still the half assed implication its been, pretty much since launch.
You're going to need to elaborate on what issue(s) you had with it. It's been flawless for me.
Yeah, never had any problems with it, either.
charliebrownau 15 September 2017 at 7:22 am UTC
Anyone managed to get Linux Steam on Debian/Ubuntu with R9 380/285/390 streaming to the steam link ?
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