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Steam Play Proton 4.11-4 has been released into the wild

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Get ready for another weekend full of testing games, as Valve and CodeWeavers have put out a fresh official build of Steam Play Proton for your pleasure.

Here's the highlights:

  • Improve behavior of PlayStation 4 controllers and controllers connected by Bluetooth.
  • More improvements to mouse capture and window focus loss behavior.
  • Farming Simulator 19 is now playable.
  • Fix some graphics issues in A Hat in Time and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3.
  • Update DXVK to v1.3.4
  • Update D9VK to 0.21-rc-p.
  • Update FAudio to 19.09.

As always, find the full changelog here.

Great to see another release, every update should bring it that step further towards supporting more and more games whose developers or publishers don't wish to support Linux officially.

Something also related, Jason Evangelho who writes for Forbes and runs the Linux For Everyone Podcast (which I'm a guest on sometimes) just finished recording an episode speaking to CodeWeavers. Keep an eye on their Twitter or website for the episode going up in a few days, should be an interesting one.

What will you be testing with Steam Play this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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chancho_zombie 16 September 2019 at 6:33 am UTC
einherjarI tested Proton 4.15 GE with Witcher 3. The mouse behaviour is broken then. Sometimes the mouse hits an invisible barrier. I do not have this problem, with the official Proton.

that happens to me with Hellblade and Just Cause 4 if I alt tab, the character can't fully turn around anymore only to a limit. Is that your problem? and that happens to me with the official proton too.

BTW I really recommend those games, both of them just click and play. Though for Hellblade you need beefy hardware like a 1070 or upwards to get 60fps, I get 30fps on the highly detailed maps 55fps on the more bare maps. Just Cause 4 oth can run in more modest hardware I think that on medium/low settings it can run on rx460 or a 1050.

Of all the games I tested Hellblade is the most demanding. A lot more demanding than Shadow of the tomb raider for example. Because on other games the performance penalty compared to windows is not that bad, I don't know why . I tried all the AMD drivers and in this case the best performant is the ACO valve driver, probably the bottleneck is that this game compiles a lot of shaders on the fly. I've read that the dxvk developer said on github that performance penalty on some games can be as much as 50%.

But anyway for me it's still playable because fps never go below 30 fps, so frames are stable, yeah it's console like but I really don't mind . It's really a masterpiece, no wonder it won so many awards nothing prevents me from appreciating it in 30fps. Glad this masterpiece runs on linux at all.


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rustybroomhandle 16 September 2019 at 9:06 am UTC
The thing with the character not being able to look around. To fix it, sometimes you have to alt-tab to another window and then click back into the game window. A bit of a hassle, but not too bad.
Jaromir 16 September 2019 at 9:20 am UTC
chancho_zombieBTW I really recommend those games, both of them just click and play. Though for Hellblade you need beefy hardware like a 1070 or upwards to get 60fps, I get 30fps on the highly detailed maps 55fps on the more bare maps.

I do not think so. First, it depends on the resolution and we do not know which resolution this person uses. At 1280x1024 I get an average of 30fps at the highest settings with a gtx 1050 2gb. Suppose I would take a mix of low and medium settings, I would get 60fps. And even at low settings this game looks okay what you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7Km1atW6LE&t=72s And secondly, even a GTX 1060 6GB usually reaches 70 fps in 1080p which you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9l7yFI8juU&t=39s

Here you can see my frame rate and around 23:05 you can see that I have put everything on the highest settings all the time: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qdeMmnU_0y5XBf4tP_yF9I6emDTmP9Zi/view?usp=sharing What you also see is that the game is at the highest level of difficulty and at 1:59 and 18:25 you see that I have little trouble winning the battles with a GTX 1050 2g + 3.6GB RAM @ 1600mhz + old dual core cpu. So I think your gtx 1070 is not getting its potential on your system for some reason. And I also think the game is perfectly playable at 30fps. This is not a competitive shooter where you need 60 fps.
einherjar 16 September 2019 at 3:21 pm UTC
chancho_zombie
einherjarI tested Proton 4.15 GE with Witcher 3. The mouse behaviour is broken then. Sometimes the mouse hits an invisible barrier. I do not have this problem, with the official Proton.

that happens to me with Hellblade and Just Cause 4 if I alt tab, the character can't fully turn around anymore only to a limit. Is that your problem? and that happens to me with the official proton too.

I had this issue without alt-tabbing out. It happens randomly but not with the official proton.
chancho_zombie 16 September 2019 at 6:34 pm UTC
QuoteAnd secondly, even a GTX 1060 6GB usually reaches 70 fps in 1080p which you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9l7yFI8juU&t=39s

that's on windows. I don't think on Linux a 1060 can reach stable 60 fps on high settings at 1080p. I was talking about 1080p on high settings.

I've got a 570 I mean it can hit 60fps on the not so packed maps, but saying that is missleading because half of the time I'm getting 30fps with high settings on 1080p. It really depends what part of the map you are benchmarking. And on windows my setup can hit stable 60fps, so the performance penalty on linux is about 50% that's why I don't think a 1060 can hit stable 60fps on high.


Last edited by chancho_zombie at 16 September 2019 at 7:04 pm UTC
Jaromir 16 September 2019 at 7:36 pm UTC
chancho_zombieI was talking about 1080p on high settings.

I think you didn't mention this. The game can actually be played very well with a gtx 1060 6gb, even if you set every setting to the very highest. I think this video proves this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCaP3BSBgL4&t=159s

In the gameplay he is almost everywhere above 40 fps with everything at the highest setting. And without recording, he would probably achieve 10% higher fps. And his cpu is now 6 years old. So with a newer CPU you can easily get 10% higher fps.

So you don't need a gtx 1070 at all to play this game properly on Linux. A gtx 1060 is sufficient for around 60 fps in high settings if you use a new CPU and fast RAM.

I don't know why you sometimes have 50% performance losses but the maximum performance loss in this game should be around 33% in this game. It is only 50% in certain other games in exceptional situations. Do you use FAudio and Mesa ACO? These can both give higher fps.
chancho_zombie 16 September 2019 at 8:24 pm UTC
Jaromir
chancho_zombieI was talking about 1080p on high settings.

I think you didn't mention this. The game can actually be played very well with a gtx 1060 6gb, even if you set every setting to the very highest. I think this video proves this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCaP3BSBgL4&t=159s

In the gameplay he is almost everywhere above 40 fps with everything at the highest setting. And without recording, he would probably achieve 10% higher fps. And his cpu is now 6 years old. So with a newer CPU you can easily get 10% higher fps.

So you don't need a gtx 1070 at all to play this game properly on Linux. A gtx 1060 is sufficient for around 60 fps in high settings if you use a new CPU and fast RAM.

I don't know why you sometimes have 50% performance losses but the maximum performance loss in this game should be around 33% in this game. It is only 50% in certain other games in exceptional situations. Do you use FAudio and Mesa ACO? These can both give higher fps.

well yes for me it's playable I already said that I don't care but if you look closely in that video there's lot of parts that go below 40 fps, like this part.

https://youtu.be/pCaP3BSBgL4?t=11m24s

or this part

https://youtu.be/pCaP3BSBgL4?t=15m6s

Also remember that on Linux the 570 performance it's not so different than a 1060 (it might be different on windows but on linux the performance of the 570 vs 1060 is close). According to the forum benchmarks my card is beating two 1060 out of three, this is the Nitro+ version which is heavily factory overclocked.
Maybe in this case the NVIDIA vulkan driver is performing better but what I said stands correct to get 60fps on high settings you need a 1070. That's what I said, I never said that you can't enjoy it a lower settings or it's not playable at lower settings. And also adding to that I think that you can't even get 60fps on medium settings with a 1060. Only way to get stable 60fps on 1060 is on lowest settings. ( there is little performance improvement between highest and medium settings in this game).

QuoteA gtx 1060 is sufficient for around 60 fps in high settings if you use a new CPU and fast RAM.

I don't think so this is not a cpu problem my cpu should be good enough, I have a ryzen 2600, my ram it's maybe the weakest part of my setup, it's 2666mhz but I don't think putting 3200mhz sticks could give me stable 60fps on high.
I recently switched from a ryzen 1600 to a 2600, and in some stuff like the Unigine benchmark the performance improvement is actually zero. This might be the case with this game, I don't think a better cpu will have that much impact on performance.

I should have been more clear, my point was that this is the most demanding proton game I ever tested, that's what I was trying to say. Maybe this is the most demanding proton game ever in the steam store? not sure.


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NOX LinuX 17 September 2019 at 10:22 am UTC
Bioshock Remastered works flawlessly on Steam Play but the bad news is ;Bioshock 2 Remastered doesn’t run,on Steam Play Proton 4.11-3 bioshock 2 Remastered was working flawlessly but Steam Play Proton 4.11-4 comes with bugs.
Jaromir 17 September 2019 at 12:01 pm UTC
chancho_zombieAlso remember that on Linux the 570 performance it's not so different than a 1060 (it might be different on windows but on linux the performance of the 570 vs 1060 is close).

Indeed, the much cheaper rx 570 has crept ever closer to the 1060 6gb. And the rx 570 is now sometimes even faster what you see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og8BmansqN4
But the problem is that this does not apply to Unreal Engine 4 titles. And guess what Hellblade is?

chancho_zombieIf you look closely in that video there's lot of parts that go below 40 fps, like this part: https://youtu.be/pCaP3BSBgL4?t=11m24s or this part: https://youtu.be/pCaP3BSBgL4?t=15m6s

I hope you say this to laugh. I spoke specifically about the 'gameplay' and now you show me lower fps in 'videos'. The videos was not what it was all about and the 1060 6gb is perfect for playing these videos.

Because in the end everyone in the cinema will watch movies at 24 fps and almost nobody complains that this is a problem. And the videos you quote remain above 30 fps which is at least 25% higher. The game also has serious frame drops in Windows 10 when you go from one world to another or during these videos. I can send some clear windows10 video examples if you don't know anything about it.

So it's all about the gameplay performance no matter how you look at it and he gets an average of 45 fps. But if he didn't make a recording, it would be 50 fps. And here you see how good his CPU is compared to an Intel 9700k: https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Xeon-E5-1650-v2-vs-Intel-Core-i7-9700K/m7574vs4030

So with a 9700k you would achieve an average of 55 FPS in Linux with a 1060 6gb. He records the video in the highest settings. And you are talking about high settings so that is also minimum +5 fps. And then we are already at 60 FPS on average. Add to that the fact that we now have newer vulkan versions and newer nvidia drivers with better vulkan support and you get more than 60 fps on average in high settings with a 1060 6gb.
Jaromir 17 September 2019 at 12:14 pm UTC
chancho_zombieI should have been more clear, my point was that this is the most demanding proton game I ever tested, that's what I was trying to say. Maybe this is the most demanding proton game ever in the steam store? not sure.
It is indeed a graphically demanding game but of course there are even heavier proton games on ultra settings. Here you see an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW6DZdkJU3w&t=350s It seems that you don't understand that you don't necessarily have to play a game at the highest settings to have a good gaming experience with nice graphics. You can usually achieve very high fps with a very similar graphical quality compared to everything at the highest settings by good tweaking. For example, the instructions from HardwareUnboxed are super useful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6FWiVwq1fI
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