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Valve and CodeWeavers are doing some great work for Linux gaming, with Steam Play seeing two updates in a single day.

Firstly, the older Proton series got updated to 3.16-9 which includes mostly minor changes like an updated DXVK to 1.0.2, a fix for some games failing or crashing in certain locales and fixes to minor xaudio2 and winhttp bugs.

Onto the real goodies now, as Proton 4.2-3 is also available today with some major changes included!

The first one is the inclusion of wine-mono, which they said should enable "many XNA games, Unreal Engine 3 games, game launchers, and more" to work. That's pretty big by itself, so it will be very interesting to see just how many more games become playable with Steam Play thanks to this.

Additionally, some noted titles that are now playable with this release on Linux are NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4, Evochron Mercenary, the launcher and update for Warframe is now "functional", Age of Empires II HD has fixed text input and something about "Continue maintaining Uplay functionality" which sounds good too.

Proton 4.2-3 also includes an updated DXVK to 1.0.3 and FAudio updated to 19.04-13-ge8c0855.

On top of that, while it's not clearly noted in the changelogs, Ethan Lee (creator of FNA, FAudio, Steam Play development, tons of Linux ports) mentioned in the FNA Discord (can be seen on Twitter in an image too) that Proton 4.2-3 actually uses FNA as the XNA 4.0 implementation. In their own words "This means that all Windows-only XNA games on Steam now use FNA's Windows support when run on Steam for Linux. It essentially puts the tools we've been using to hackport XNA games and drops them into the hands of every single user on Steam. When it comes to increasing the catalog size and user base, this is pretty hard to top!"

Very exciting stuff, I imagine there's going to be lots of Linux gamers excitedly testing plenty of games this weekend.

As always, you can see the changelog here.

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legluondunet 19 April 2019 at 12:52 pm UTC
Strange, L.A.Noire works for Wine 3.14-->4.5, but not with Proton, even with Proton last version 4.2-3.
TangoBaker 19 April 2019 at 1:06 pm UTC
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Debianeeryay! i wonder if Elite: Dangerous works now. >_> let the testing begin!


Man, Elite has been working for some months now.

I think people mean "is it working straight from the box", not requiring extra hacks to get going. Yes, I know this is Linux, but sometimes time is a factor .

I've almost got it running with Proton. Try it the days again and report. There is still a small problem with the server login. But I hope I have already found a solution. Just got to try it out.

Which would be more than great if you could run ED under Linux on Valve's new VR headset. This is my dream. Okay, not my only one, but one dream.

I know it works for me on my vive using the regular ED patched version of proton. I would think it would run with the new hardware.
rustybroomhandle 19 April 2019 at 2:02 pm UTC
Tried the FNA stuff with Cthulhu Saves the World, but alas it doth fail.
chris.echoz 19 April 2019 at 2:44 pm UTC
evergreenDid someone try Space Engineers? Still "borked"?
I see a black box for a split second and then it crashes. Tried on Debian Sid w/ Nvidia 418.56.
slaapliedje 19 April 2019 at 3:11 pm UTC
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Debianeeryay! i wonder if Elite: Dangerous works now. >_> let the testing begin!


Man, Elite has been working for some months now.

I think people mean "is it working straight from the box", not requiring extra hacks to get going. Yes, I know this is Linux, but sometimes time is a factor .

I've almost got it running with Proton. Try it the days again and report. There is still a small problem with the server login. But I hope I have already found a solution. Just got to try it out.

Which would be more than great if you could run ED under Linux on Valve's new VR headset. This is my dream. Okay, not my only one, but one dream.

I know it works for me on my vive using the regular ED patched version of proton. I would think it would run with the new hardware.
Where is the patch, I'll try it this weekend with my new computer build and Vive Pro.
yar4e 19 April 2019 at 6:26 pm UTC
Finally! ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West Premium Edition works perfectly (even with full controller support) "out of the box" in this Proton version! Thank you Valve and WINE team!!!


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elmapul 19 April 2019 at 6:36 pm UTC
" It essentially puts the tools we've been using to hackport XNA games and drops them into the hands of every single user on Steam. "

wait what? they are "porting" xna games to fna or forcing then to use it on windows too?
that means if microsoft drops support for xna in an certain windows version those games will keep working?
or i'm reading something wrong?
Spirimint 19 April 2019 at 7:01 pm UTC
"Continue maintaining Uplay functionality"

So Uplay is working now with Steam Play???

If yes. How can i use it now?
morbius 19 April 2019 at 7:11 pm UTC
Mutant Year Zero worked great yesterday with Proton 4.2-2, tonight Steam auto updates it to 4.2-3 and the game won't start any more.
chui2ch 19 April 2019 at 7:32 pm UTC
morbiusMutant Year Zero worked great yesterday with Proton 4.2-2, tonight Steam auto updates it to 4.2-3 and the game won't start any more.

It works for me on 4.2-3.
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