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An updated Steam Client is out, should be more responsive when downloading

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Valve have now rolled out the latest stable update to the Steam Client which includes some nice fixes and improvements.

One issue I certainly noticed, since I am downloading games pretty much all the time is how often the Steam Client became unresponsive while downloading. Valve have improved this in the latest build, which is great.

Additionally, they fixed an issue where sometimes the recently played games list was truncated to 5 items, a rare crash was fixed where getting a local network address failed on a local network connection and a fix for when you're trying to buy or sell items in the overlay which might result in an empty browser window when Family View was active.

For Steam Input, they've added support for the PDP Faceoff Wired Pro Controller, the PowerA wired/wireless GameCube Style controllers and PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller.

Also, the Steam community header is now hidden when in Big Picture chat. Full details available here.

Hopefully sometime later this year we might finally see the modern Steam client Valve have talked about (and leaked) a few times.

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ThePierrasse 9 January 2019 at 9:21 pm UTC
slaapliedje
ThePierrasseIs it me or did they just fix a long-standing issue with the client window that never remained properly maximized? (at least on Unity)
The problem I usually have is that after exiting a game, the Big Picture Mode window is minimized (on Gnome-Shell). Would be nice if they fixed that.

That sounds annoying as well. I just checked and mine is still there, every time that I start up Steam the window has like the same size as if it was maximized but it is slightly off-center, which means that there is some empty space on one side (top and left) and the window gets cut off on the other (right and bottom).

I never came across your issue because I hardly ever use the Big Picture Mode, but the one I'm describing has been there for several years now and I don't understand why.
Kiba 9 January 2019 at 9:56 pm UTC
slaapliedje
ThePierrasseIs it me or did they just fix a long-standing issue with the client window that never remained properly maximized? (at least on Unity)
The problem I usually have is that after exiting a game, the Big Picture Mode window is minimized (on Gnome-Shell). Would be nice if they fixed that.
That's something with GNOME itself, i fixed it installing this extension: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1236/noannoyance/
slaapliedje 10 January 2019 at 6:35 am UTC
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slaapliedje
ThePierrasseIs it me or did they just fix a long-standing issue with the client window that never remained properly maximized? (at least on Unity)
The problem I usually have is that after exiting a game, the Big Picture Mode window is minimized (on Gnome-Shell). Would be nice if they fixed that.
That's something with GNOME itself, i fixed it installing this extension: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1236/noannoyance/

Cool, will give it a shot.
slaapliedje 10 January 2019 at 6:38 am UTC
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slaapliedje
ThePierrasseIs it me or did they just fix a long-standing issue with the client window that never remained properly maximized? (at least on Unity)
The problem I usually have is that after exiting a game, the Big Picture Mode window is minimized (on Gnome-Shell). Would be nice if they fixed that.

That sounds annoying as well. I just checked and mine is still there, every time that I start up Steam the window has like the same size as if it was maximized but it is slightly off-center, which means that there is some empty space on one side (top and left) and the window gets cut off on the other (right and bottom).

I never came across your issue because I hardly ever use the Big Picture Mode, but the one I'm describing has been there for several years now and I don't understand why.
Well, could be like on Windows where it acts differently in the task bar at the bottom than any other application. Maybe it's because I left it on launch on start up, but it doesn't actually think it's a loaded application because it goes into the clock tray.

Speaking of Windows, I have to rant again that it is doing something so that it is what is in the UEFI boot up instead of Debian's Grub, pissing me off... yet when I go into the UEFI configuration, it shows Debian is the first on the boot priority, and if I just exit and save, it goes to grub...
buckysrevenge 10 January 2019 at 12:36 pm UTC
Leeo97oneThis sounds great, but the issue with the "Configuration Support" for controllers is still a bit annoying, makes the feature itself useless and some controllers like the Nintendo Switch Pro unusable.
For whatever reason, this stopped being a problem for me recently for my wired xbone controllers and I can make configurations for them now. I can finally do 4 players with controllers in Crawl and it is awesome!
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