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Another Steam Client Beta is out, adds the ability to force Steam Play

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Valve are working fast to improve the Steam client this year, with another beta now available including an option that was highly requested.

Firstly, Steam Input gained support for the HORI Battle Pad and HORI Wireless Switch Pad. Additionally, Big Picture mode had two bugs fixed. The usual stuff there and nothing major, that is until you get to the Linux section of the beta changelog.

Users have been asking Valve pretty much since Steam Play arrived, to add a method to force a native game to use Steam Play instead. So now, if you've opted into the Steam beta client you will see this on the properties of a game (the bottom option):

Why is that so interesting and important? Well, honestly, some Linux ports get left behind for months and years and some really just aren't good. Additionally, some Linux games have multiplayer that's not cross-platform, this could also help with that. Not to downplay the effort a lot of developers put in, it's just how it is. The ability for users to control between the version from the developer and running it through Steam Play is a nice to have option.

Linux changes:

  • Added the ability to force-enable Steam Play in per-title properties, including for native games
  • Fixed incorrect scroll offset in the in-game overlay
  • Reworked global Steam Play enable settings to only override the Proton version used by unsupported games
  • Fixed a bug where the global Steam Play enable setting wouldn't prompt for a Steam client restart

See the announcement here.

While not noted, the Steam client now actually shows what version of Proton is used for each title. Here's Into the Breach for example:


I would have played more but fullscreen is broken for me and it's a whitelisted title…

One of the next big stages for Steam Play, will be actually showing it for whitelisted titles on store pages. I'm still very curious to see how Valve will be handling that. Valve might also want to update the Steam support page too, it's rather outdated.

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kuhpunkt 18 January 2019 at 12:24 pm UTC
mirv...and you know who you are, trying to pass an insult off as a joke is silly. Please drop it.

I didn't insult you. You just didn't get an obvious joke. It's not hard to understand.

And you are the one insulting others now. Great job!
jardon 18 January 2019 at 12:40 pm UTC
PatolaSorry, but from my point of view, you're just being stubborn and refusing to accept facts.

Ya he's literally asking a question and just ignoring the answers hes getting just to reask. At this point I think he's just stroking his own ego by trying to make us look dumb for not wanting to deal with wine.

But tbh people that use wine for steam games (the exception being games that dont work in proton) are only hurting linux gaming. Use proton. Count in sales. We cant sit here and complain about not having number on Linux when we ourselves arent contributing to the numbers.

Disclaimer: If you use GOG or whatever the above statements dont apply to you.
lod 18 January 2019 at 12:44 pm UTC
TheDaftRickHope I can use proton for Rocket League to finally get workshop maps working. Performance might be better too. Rocket League's Linux performance is pretty poor compared to Windows sadly.

Rocket Leagues's wine performance is even poorer. Some of the workshop maps run at 20'ish FPS (RX580)
RL still uses DX9 (UE3)...
Leopard 18 January 2019 at 12:48 pm UTC
mirvWow, seems I've stirred things up with the fanboys. Cool down folks.

I've been one-click installing games through Steam, via wine, for years. With no troubles. Apparently I baked a wonderful cake quite some time ago.

"Proton" has never run a single game for me that didn't run through vanilla wine. In many cases, vanilla wine runs a game that "Proton" won't. I don't see that being in favour of "Proton".

Semi-support from Valve has already proven to not fully work anyway.

...and you know who you are, trying to pass an insult off as a joke is silly. Please drop it.

Now, it seems many have troubles that I've never seen. As in, I could do everything with a button click already. What stopped that for others before?



Please do this test on your local surroundings and share the common answer with us.

Find Windows users ( not hard )
Show them both normal Wine usage vs SteamPlay
And ask them which one they prefer.

If it comes out as they pick normal Wine usage , then i will apologize ok?

Majority of Steam users ( which they are Windows ) cannot tolerate manual usage.

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Quote"Proton" has never run a single game for me that didn't run through vanilla wine. In many cases, vanilla wine runs a game that "Proton" won't. I don't see that being in favour of "Proton".

Isn't that normal when using upstream Wine? You sound like Proton cannot run a single game but Wine can run all games. Before people go through all of their backlogs , newer Wine versions ends up in SteamPlay already.
JoZ3 18 January 2019 at 12:52 pm UTC
kokoko3kWith beta client, i can't download anything, it throws the error "Content servers unreachable".
I'm on archlinux...

same error here, any way to solve this?
Smoke39 18 January 2019 at 12:56 pm UTC
mirvWow, seems I've stirred things up with the fanboys. Cool down folks.

I've been one-click installing games through Steam, via wine, for years. With no troubles. Apparently I baked a wonderful cake quite some time ago.

"Proton" has never run a single game for me that didn't run through vanilla wine. In many cases, vanilla wine runs a game that "Proton" won't. I don't see that being in favour of "Proton".

Semi-support from Valve has already proven to not fully work anyway.

...and you know who you are, trying to pass an insult off as a joke is silly. Please drop it.

Now, it seems many have troubles that I've never seen. As in, I could do everything with a button click already. What stopped that for others before?
I find your continued indignation at kuhpunkt's comment rather galling considering your persistent dismissal of and condescension toward anyone who finds Steam Play useful.

I could easily counter your anecdotes of your experiences with Wine with my own of Steam working poorly under Wine and Far Cry 2 crashing with Wine but working fine with Steam Play without any fiddling.

Nobody's trying to stop you from using what works for you, but you seem hellbent on shutting down anyone whose experiences don't match your own.
Nanobang 18 January 2019 at 1:11 pm UTC
JoZ3
kokoko3kWith beta client, i can't download anything, it throws the error "Content servers unreachable".
I'm on archlinux...

same error here, any way to solve this?

I had this problem after the last update, it turned out to have something to do with my VPN blocking IPv6 to protect against leaks. Once I disabled that feature in my VPN, things worked again.

I'm not saying this is exactly your problem, just that it might have something to do with IPv6 for you as well, somehow.
Nanobang 18 January 2019 at 1:16 pm UTC
Regarding the beta update (and disregarding the usual "thing(x)-hurts-Linux-gaming mewling)---"Yay!"


Last edited by Nanobang at 18 January 2019 at 1:17 pm UTC
Eike 18 January 2019 at 1:27 pm UTC
mirvWow, seems I've stirred things up with the fanboys. Cool down folks.

Would you try not to get personal in the first sentence next time? Even more so when complaining about other people insulting? Thanks.

mirvI've been one-click installing games through Steam, via wine, for years. With no troubles. Apparently I baked a wonderful cake quite some time ago.

That's fine. For you. But it obviously doesn't help anybody else.

mirv"Proton" has never run a single game for me that didn't run through vanilla wine. In many cases, vanilla wine runs a game that "Proton" won't. I don't see that being in favour of "Proton".

To which argument is this a reaction? I cannot remember it...


Last edited by Eike at 18 January 2019 at 1:27 pm UTC
YourPalMark 18 January 2019 at 1:31 pm UTC
Great news! There are definitely some horribly ported games (ARK: Survival Evolved) that could benefit from this. Haven't been able to get the Windows version of ARK to load yet, but I hope to get it sorted.
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