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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 Valve might also want to update the Steam support page too, it's rather outdated.

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Eike 18 January 2019 at 1:52 pm UTC
sbolokanovUNIX world is all about different opinions and ways of doing things. You don't expect everybody to be just like you, now do you?

That's why I dislike this "You're doing it wrong!" attitude. Do what you're happy with, help others if they want to do it the same way, let those who want something else do something else.

Only loosely connected, I don't understand people who do everything with the command line. There's uses for command line and uses for GUIs, IMHO.
jardon 18 January 2019 at 2:05 pm UTC
sbolokanovCome on, guys. You can calm down now…
I mean I understand what youre saying but when you ask a question and you just ignore the answers youve been given and just keep asking the same thing, its just kind of disrespectful. You cant dismiss peoples points of view and then demand people to respect your point of view. It comes across like youre saying that others opinions are invalid which is the same thing youre arguing just from the other side.

Its completely ok to have differing opinions but it doesnt appear that mirv guy was actually trying to have a discussion. And ya sure, Windows would solve a lot of our gaming problems but it would in turn introduce other problems. Trading problems for other problems solves no problems.
kokoko3k 18 January 2019 at 2:08 pm UTC
massatt212tested rise of the tomb raider and deus ex MKD

they did good but native won in ROTR deus performed almost the same as windows with DXVK
massatt212tested rise of the tomb raider and deus ex MKD

they did good but native won in ROTR deus performed almost the same as windows with DXVK

How are you starting deus ex? For me it does not start at all...
I'm running Archlinux with a gtx750, proprietary nvidia driver.
mirv 18 January 2019 at 2:16 pm UTC
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sbolokanovCome on, guys. You can calm down now…
I mean I understand what youre saying but when you ask a question and you just ignore the answers youve been given and just keep asking the same thing, its just kind of disrespectful. You cant dismiss peoples points of view and then demand people to respect your point of view. It comes across like youre saying that others opinions are invalid which is the same thing youre arguing just from the other side.

Its completely ok to have differing opinions but it doesnt appear that mirv guy was actually trying to have a discussion. And ya sure, Windows would solve a lot of our gaming problems but it would in turn introduce other problems. Trading problems for other problems solves no problems.

That mirv guy was told to get his eyes checked for not agreeing. I didn't see it as a joke and asked it to be dropped. It was not.

No, I'm being told my opinion is wrong, without being told why. I suspected a case of "because Valve", and planted a few words to check....and it seems that way in some cases.
But not others. There have been a couple replies of normality, some reasons I hadn't considered. Might I highlight them?
somebody1121 18 January 2019 at 2:20 pm UTC
I tried tomb raider 2013 and it's much faster than native. In the mountain village a get now 60 fps with vsync enable, on native it's 22-24 fps because of one core with 100% utilization. I also tried Deus Ex MKD but doesn't start.
kuhpunkt 18 January 2019 at 2:20 pm UTC
mirvThat mirv guy was told to get his eyes checked for not agreeing. I didn't see it as a joke and asked it to be dropped. It was not.

Now you're just blatantly lying, lol.
mirv 18 January 2019 at 2:25 pm UTC
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mirvThat mirv guy was told to get his eyes checked for not agreeing. I didn't see it as a joke and asked it to be dropped. It was not.

Now you're just blatantly lying, lol.

There is a history. You're the one who said it.
lol.

Gone far enough. Liam, may I request you clean this up, at your discretion?
kuhpunkt 18 January 2019 at 2:30 pm UTC
mirv
kuhpunkt
mirvThat mirv guy was told to get his eyes checked for not agreeing. I didn't see it as a joke and asked it to be dropped. It was not.

Now you're just blatantly lying, lol.

There is a history. You're the one who said it.
lol.

Gone far enough. Liam, may I request you clean this up, at your discretion?

I made joke that you don't understand, while I was trying to explain something to you. Now you claim it's about disagreeing on the Proton/Wine issue when it was never about that. lol.
elmapul 18 January 2019 at 2:35 pm UTC
"-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"

what does those means?


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NeptNutz 18 January 2019 at 2:39 pm UTC
Let's be clear, desktop towers are now almost—exclusively—the domain of PC gamers. Every other non-gaming "legacy" user has moved on to laptops, all-in-ones, tablets, and Chromebooks.

Before long, everyone who opted for the "free" Windows 10 upgrade, are running OEM windows, and all those other devices, is going to be under the thumb of ("NOT A SUBSCRIPTION!" ... yet) Microsoft Managed Desktop.

This is already a reality in enterprise Windows, so for all we know, Steam Play might be more about extending the life cycle of developers' build environments and Windows investments rather than throwing pearls to the Linux crowd.

Think about it, what better way to lock people into Windows than to basically have everything built in an Azure cloud? Of course, this will certainly happen with the doorstop devices, but that standalone, add-in-board (AIB), enthusiast-level market? That market belongs to Steam. That wasn't always the case (haha!) for the desktop market, but it most certainly is now. (Nobody is buying a tower these days just to install Origin or UPlay.)

I wouldn't be surprised to see, at a minimum, the 33% of non-W10 (and Mac) users moving to Linux with Steam Play rather quickly, and then a period of soul searching for those who just either: 1) give up on PC altogether, 2) stay with managed Windows devices until it hurts or 3) look for an off-the-shelf, turnkey solution for running Steam on Linux.
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