Valve, CodeWeavers and the community have continued updating Steam Play's Proton and now the beta version of Proton has another new build out.
Don't know what Steam Play is? See Valve's official announcement. In short: It will allow you to play some Windows games on Linux through the Steam client as if they were any other Linux game.
To avoid some confusion: The Steam Play system as a whole is still in Beta, Proton (Valve's Wine fork) which Steam Play uses has a "3.7-3" version which is the default, but you can also switch to the Beta version of Proton itself in Steam's settings (compatibility tool dropdown box) to get Proton "3.7-5" which was just released today.
Here's the highlights of what's new in 3.7-5:
- Performance improvements for timing APIs in CPU-limited scenarios
- Automatically capture mouse in fullscreen windows is enabled by default.
- More display ratios have smaller resolutions available.
- Fix a crash on old versions of SDL.
- Fix for mouse cursor drifting in Deus Ex.
- Debug script dump directory can be configured with "PROTON_DEBUG_DIR".
- Further improvements to fullscreen focus and python3 compatibility.
See the changelog here.
Honestly, it's really fun to watch this progress. There's been such a huge amount of excitement in the entire PC industry over this, it's crazy. It's going to be a while before we see what kind of impact it has, but this does give it time to mature for any scenario.
If you're after help with it, you can join our Discord Server which has a dedicated "proton-gaming" channel. We also have an IRC channel which is #gamingonlinux on freenode. Other social links can be found in our website footer.
As a reminder, Valve did state to report issues with games running in Proton to them and not to the developer of the game.