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The day I'm sure many have waited for has arrived, a new Steam Play beta has been officially released today which includes the important FAudio project. On top of that, even more titles have entered the Steam Play whitelist.

Don't know what the heck Steam Play is? The "too long; didn't read" is that it enables you to play a lot of Windows games on Linux.

Linux game porter Ethan Lee, one of the forces behind FAudio also created an "FAudio for Proton" page to read over to give you a lot more information on what it actually is and what it does. In short: more games should work, more games should work better and it may introduce new issues so keep an eye ear out.

First up, here's the changes for Proton 3.16-5 beta:

  • Completely new implementation of XAudio2, using the FAudio project. This should provide much higher quality audio for games that use XAudio2. Notably, this now supports volume mixing and audio effect processing features that were missing from the old implementation.
  • Better support for embedded Chromium-based web browsers. Games and launchers that contain an embedded web browser may now work better.
  • Update DXVK to 0.93. Also include a fix for some Unity VR games when run with DXVK, like SUPERHOT VR and Job Simulator.
  • Compatibility improvements for changing paths between Linux and Windows using the Steam API. Among other things, this should fix Steam Controller icon images in certain games.
  • Minor fixes for PulseAudio users with certain hardware.
  • For developers, optional support for Vagrant, which should ease the process of creating Proton build VMs.

The changelog for Steam Play's Proton can be found any time on the GitHub Wiki. To access it, you will likely need to re-start Steam for it to be picked up.

Additionally, Valve announced the whitelist was updated with 29 more titles that should "just work". These are:

  • 20XX
  • A Case of Distrust
  • Anime Dress Up
  • Apocalipsis
  • AstroPop Deluxe
  • Avernum 3: Ruined World
  • BEEP
  • Botanicula
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition
  • Crash Dive
  • Dragon Cliff
  • First Strike: Final Hour
  • Football Tactics & Glory
  • Infinos Gaiden
  • Long Gone Days
  • Mad Tower Tycoon
  • Meteor 60 Seconds!
  • Mushihimesama
  • O.C.D. - On Completeness & Dissonance
  • Objects in space
  • Puzzle Agent 2
  • Rusty Lake Hotel
  • Rusty Lake Paradise
  • Rusty Lake: Roots
  • SYMMETRY
  • Solstice
  • Stronghold HD
  • Subsurface Circular
  • Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena

The whitelist is there so that you can just install them like any other game. For games not on the whitelist that you wish to test, you can check the "Enable Steam Play for all titles" box in the Steam Play section of the Steam client settings.

And I thought this was going to be a pretty normal week… 

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mrdeathjr 11 December 2018 at 8:23 pm UTC
In this proton version

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Sleeping Dogs

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Assasins Creed 1

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Saint Seiya Soldier Soul

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Ultra Street Fighter IV

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Bayonetta

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Blades of Time

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Venetica

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Dragonball Xenoverse

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Rise of the Argonauts

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Risen 1

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Risen 3

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Tomb Raider Anniversary

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Tomb Raider Legend

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Tomb Raider Underworld

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Prince of Persia Sands of Time

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Prince of Persia Warrior Within

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Prince of Persia Two Thrones

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Prince of Persia 2008

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Max Payne 1

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Max Payne 2

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Rogue Trooper

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Shadow Complex Remastered

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H.A.W.X 1

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King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2013

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Bejeweled 3

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Luxor Amun Rising HD

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Scribblenauts Unlimited

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Rayman Origins

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Explodemon

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Toy Story 3

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Last edited by mrdeathjr on 12 December 2018 at 11:14 am UTC
stan 11 December 2018 at 8:28 pm UTC
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Only unknown games in the whitelist, that’s disappointing.
Gonza565 11 December 2018 at 8:36 pm UTC
QuoteAnime Dress Up
Finally
garpu 11 December 2018 at 8:40 pm UTC
stanOnly unknown games in the whitelist, that’s disappointing.

Avernum's cool. Then again I like everything Spiderweb's put out.
Faalagorn 11 December 2018 at 8:48 pm UTC
stanOnly unknown games in the whitelist, that’s disappointing.
Puzzle Agent 2, Stronghold HD and Botanicula are old, but not that unknown too.

Great to see the FAudio finally there though!
tuxintuxedo 11 December 2018 at 8:51 pm UTC
Although the Linux version of Botanicula is not on Steam, but it still exists. I would have preferred something that is not available in any way natively.
LibertyPaulM 11 December 2018 at 8:56 pm UTC
Botanicula has a native build on Itch so that's where I recommend people buy it
sub 11 December 2018 at 8:58 pm UTC
tuxintuxedoAlthough the Linux version of Botanicula is not on Steam, but it still exists. I would have preferred something that is not available in any way natively.

Good point.

I remember Amanita Design saying that they are working on a new engine (Twitter). Not 100 % sure, but I also remember they want to replace it also for the older games.

Wasn't Machinarium re-released with a new engine?

Maybe Liam can get back to them on that topic.

EDIT:

Oh yeah, Machinarium got a new engine last year and I remember saying them,
the want to support Linux again following that route.

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2017/06/22/machinarium-rebuild/

It's just that I haven't heard anything again.


Last edited by sub on 11 December 2018 at 9:02 pm UTC
dude 11 December 2018 at 9:01 pm UTC
Praise the sun! I mean DxVK.. too much Dark Souls 3
Thanks 4 that.
Nezchan 11 December 2018 at 9:01 pm UTC
Avernum 3, but not the other games in the series? That's weird, especially given the low overhead of the games.

I can definitely say I haven't had problems with Avernum 5 or 6 via Proton and afaik all have a platinum rating.
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