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Steam Client Beta Add FPS Counter

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A new Steam client beta is upon us, and with it comes a really useful feature to enable you to see your games FPS without extra plugins.

It can be turned on by going into Steam's settings, In-Game tab and then hitting the checkbox:

This will be really useful for testing out games on Linux and seeing exactly how good/bad they perform. Especially Unity games to see exactly how poor they can be on Linux.

Luckily, it seems to work much better than the "glxosd" FPS counter project, as all games tested work fine.

See a shot below of me testing out Ziggurat with it giving me 30FPS on High settings:
It's in the top left, and it's tiny.

Currently, I can't find any options to change the size and position of it, but that will probably come in a later update.

See more info on Steam. Article taken from
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Belarrius 4 January 2015 at 8:47 pm UTC
Yes, it's amazing
FutureSuture 4 January 2015 at 9:07 pm UTC
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I have to wonder why Steam, considering its purpose, is only adding this feature in 2015.
fscherrer 4 January 2015 at 9:14 pm UTC
FutureSutureI have to wonder why Steam, considering its purpose, is only adding this feature in 2015.
I truly think we are the responsibles for that, or, in other words, the poor ports we've been getting.
fscherrer 4 January 2015 at 9:21 pm UTC
"Especially Unity games to see exactly how poor they can be on Linux."
It's good to know I'm not the only one who feels that
(I know, it's about time for me to upgrade my rig, but, come on, there's a lot of games/ports I'm unable to play, but they are far, far away from the graphics/model/texture/lighting/effects quality of a lot of games I could play at a high config set on that other OS).
mrdeathjr 4 January 2015 at 9:40 pm UTC
Works in wine

View video on

But dont have any option for change font fps counter color - position fps counter like as fraps and need change

Notifications.StackSize "3"

To this

Notifications.StackSize "0"

For prevent appears bottom right popups like as cdkey messages and others

dimko 4 January 2015 at 10:33 pm UTC
Frantically updating steam, no luck.
Segata Sanshiro 4 January 2015 at 10:41 pm UTC
This is pretty useful stuff.

Would be cool if we could do a bit of benchmarking on GOL now and again as well. Like the unigene valley benchmark exists on Linux. Would be interesting to see differences between driver versions and the like on Linux.
mrdeathjr 4 January 2015 at 10:46 pm UTC
Hopefully valve in next beta add some options for fps counter like as color font, size font and if possible some options for change position

minj 4 January 2015 at 10:59 pm UTC
It's probably steam client beta only. Should add it to the article
linux_gamer 4 January 2015 at 11:15 pm UTC
Doesn't seem to be beta only:

Steam client application
Built: Jan 2 2015, at 14:15:05
Steam API: v017
Steam package versions: 1420247300

Can't get more than 700FPS
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