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SteamOS updated, Valve drops AMDGPU-PRO for Mesa

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Valve haven't been sitting on their hands, as they have pushed out a fresh update for SteamOS that's currently in Beta. It's been a while and it's a good one.

They have rebased it against Kernel 4.11 and they have also updated the graphics drivers. The big thing here is that Valve have officially dropped AMDGPU-PRO in favour of Mesa. This goes to show how far Mesa has come, for Valve to be using it directly.

It also pulls in changes from the Debian 8.8 release, so it comes with everything there including the usual security updates too.

From the release notes:
QuoteIt has been a long time since the last update. We have not been idle. This update is huge. First, we have rebased our kernel changes on top of the latest 4.11 Linux kernel. We have updated all the graphics drivers. This update also switches SteamOS from the proprietary AMDGPU-PRO driver to the open source mesa driver. Our friends at Debian have released Debian 8.8[www.debian.org] so we picked up those updates as well. And of course it wouldn't be an update without the usual security patching.

Please be on the lookout for any regressions around game controller support, WiFi, or graphics.

This is easily the biggest SteamOS update we have ever done. Sorry it took so long but we hope this will give us a good base for quite a while.


Now they have this big update done and in Beta, I am keen to see what they do with SteamOS.

Find the release notes here.

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Mohandevir 25 May 2017 at 2:43 pm UTC
Next Steam Machine Generation... An alliance with Sony? The Steam Station?

http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/the-ps4-has-been-hacked-to-run-linux-and-even-better-linux-games-1321921

Nothing solid there, just an unusual hack. Is this really SteamOS or just Steam client on BPM?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB6iuJQTIN4

Edit: Just my two cents, but to me Steam Machines seems more like a proof of concept that helped Valve and partners to identify the possible flaws in the Linux ecosystems regarding gaming. It looked like an open Beta and in the last 2 to 3 years they have been working on correcting those flaws (AMD drivers, Vulkan over OpenGL, SteamVR Linux, etc, etc...). I might be too optimistic, but I really hope for a second "Steam Machine offensive" when all these "flaws" will be corrected.


Last edited by Mohandevir at 25 May 2017 at 2:51 pm UTC
IDNO 29 May 2017 at 1:01 pm UTC
Oh good i been busy for awhile and i not useing steamOS cuz they did lack updates
Grazen 5 June 2017 at 3:02 am UTC
I think that there will be a second generation of the Steambox but it will be focused on VR (though it will also play games). Valve has focused a lot of time on VR and ultimately if all VR games are designed to support SteamOS (which appears to be what's happening) a future SteamVR hardware bundle makes a lot of sense.
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