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Steam Client Beta improves Steam Cloud syncing, Shader Pre-Caching

By Liam Dawe,
Valve have a fresh Steam Client Beta with some pretty big back-end improvements, likely readying up as much as possible for the upcoming Steam Deck.

Half-Life 2 and the episodes get a Beta with Vulkan (DXVK) and more

By Liam Dawe,
Valve has put up a Beta for Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two as they prepare more of their own games ready for the Steam Deck.

Brawlhalla to get Easy Anti-Cheat, dev puts up Beta with EAC working on Linux with Proton

By Liam Dawe,
Blue Mammoth Games announced that later in October that the platform-fighter Brawlhalla will be getting Easy Anti-Cheat. Thankfully, they've put up a Beta for Linux users playing it using Steam Play Proton and it works.

NVIDIA Beta 495.29.05 rolls out with GBM for expanded Wayland support

By Liam Dawe,
NVIDIA has today released the 495.29.05 driver as a Beta in their New Feature Branch and it's a relatively big one.

Warzone 2100 version 4.2.0 Beta 1 is out, gets Spectators and Replays support

By Liam Dawe,
Looks like the next version of the free and open source strategy game Warzone 2100 is going to be a big one. Two new highlight features are coming to the game with spectators and replays.

NVIDIA Vulkan Beta Driver 470.62.05 rolls out for Linux

By Liam Dawe,
More improvements and new extensions have landed for the NVIDIA Vulkan Beta Driver with version 470.62.05 out now.

Euro Truck Sim 2 and American Truck Sim get expanded multiplayer with mod support

By Liam Dawe,
SCS Software have begun expanding what's possible with the newly introduced Convoy Mode multiplayer in both their truck sims Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator.

New Steam Client Beta adjusts the Vulkan pre-caching system and PipeWire for Linux

By Liam Dawe,
Another day another Steam Client Beta release and this time Valve has done some adjustments to the Vulkan pre-caching system for Linux.

A first Release Candidate for Proton 6.3-7 is up with more games working

By Liam Dawe,
Time for a weekend of testing for many of you? A fresh version of Steam Play Proton is on the way, with a CodeWeavers developer on GitHub announcing a Release Candidate build of Proton 6.3-7.

Help make the next Ubuntu version awesome with the final Ubuntu 21.10 Beta released

By Liam Dawe,
Ubuntu 21.10 Beta is one of the final steps before the next release of this very popular Linux distribution. It's time to get testing and reporting issues to ensure it's a good one.

Steam Client Beta updated with PipeWire desktop capture for Remote Play

By Liam Dawe,
Valve continue upgrading and tweaking the Steam client with a fresh Beta version being released today with a couple of tweaks that are interesting for Linux users.

Minecraft has a proper snapshot up now for Caves & Cliffs: Part II

By Liam Dawe,
The second part of the next major Minecraft update with Caves & Cliffs: Part II is now available as a proper snapshot available to test out the latest features.

NVIDIA Vulkan Beta driver version 470.62.02 is out now

By Liam Dawe,
NVIDIA continue their usual upgrades to their special NVIDIA Vulkan Beta driver with a fresh release out with version 470.62.02 now available to test.

Lutris game manager gets a second Beta for version 0.5.9 with Epic Store support

By Liam Dawe,
Building upon a bunch of big new features in the first Lutris 0.5.9 Beta, a second Beta is out now with a focus on polishing up the experience that needs more testing.

Steam not working right on Arch Linux? It's an issue with FreeType and there's a fix

By Liam Dawe,
If you're using Arch Linux or anything based on it (or other rolling update distributions) and you've recently run updates that included freetype2, you might unfortunately notice that Steam is now quite broken.

Wonderful relaxing beekeeping sim APICO is opening up a playtest

By Liam Dawe,
Want to care for the bees? The upcoming casual sim APICO from TNgineers is opening up a Steam Playtest that starts on August 30 for anyone to give it a try.

Splitgate Season 0 launches with a new Contamination game mode, new map and more

By Liam Dawe,
Splitgate, the huge free to play first-person shooter with portals from 1047 Games announced recently that it shall remain in Beta for the foreseeable future and now Splitgate Season 0 has officially launched.

OpenTTD gets a first 12.0 version Beta to make playing with others easier

By Liam Dawe,
After the release of OpenTTD on Steam recently, the popularity of the game got a healthy boost but it came with a lot of feedback about some parts that could be improved so this is the first step with OpenTTD 12.0 Beta 1.

Proton 6.3-6 gets a Release Candidate with new game support and fixes

By Liam Dawe,
Valve and CodeWeavers are working towards a fresh release of Proton with plenty of goodies including like more games working, and plenty of bug fixes too.

Looks like the fresh Back 4 Blood Beta is working on Linux with Proton GE

By Liam Dawe,
Back 4 Blood is releasing in October from Turtle Rock Studios (original developer on Left 4 Dead) and they now have an Open Beta that anyone can try out and it appears to work with Proton GE.
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