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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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elmapul 12 December 2018 at 7:03 am UTC
stanOnly unknown games in the whitelist, that’s disappointing.

castlevania is famous, but castlevania 3D sucks, the 2D ones are the good ones, castlevania 3D is an generic hack n slash, castlevania 2D is an great platform that helped define an genre.
elmapul 12 December 2018 at 7:04 am UTC
mylka
stanOnly unknown games in the whitelist, that’s disappointing.

you dont know stronghold?
Castlevania
mad tower tycoon... its sim tower, but there is also project highrise with a native (not listet) linux version
https://steamcommunity.com/app/423580/discussions/0/1726450077637895798/
i also heard of Botanicula

but anyways. games like hitman 2, shadow of the tomb raider and just cause 4 work. thats important

stay away from this castlevania, its not the good stuff, just an generic game with an famous name (read my previous comment)


Last edited by elmapul at 12 December 2018 at 7:04 am UTC
ageres 12 December 2018 at 7:09 am UTC
stanOnly unknown games in the whitelist, that’s disappointing.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a very good game with fantastic art design.
Botanicula is worth playing too.
Whitewolfe80 12 December 2018 at 7:52 am UTC
stanOnly unknown games in the whitelist, that’s disappointing.

Castlevania is not an unknown game
tuxintuxedo 12 December 2018 at 8:07 am UTC
NezchanCome to think of it, I wonder if this means Banished is playable now. I gather sound is the real sticking point, but I'm not sure about the details.
Banished worked great even before this. You only need the xaudio workaround mentioned on protondb.
Leopard 12 December 2018 at 9:24 am UTC
Faugn
Leopard
FaugnI wonder what's the process for whitelisting games... It does not look stringent enough: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition is whitelisted, yet it crashes on startup for me, and according to the ProtonDB entries, I'm not the only one: https://www.protondb.com/app/234080

AMD and Mesa?

Because it looks like running for Nvidia.

Yep...

What is your gpu and Mesa version?
Arehandoro 12 December 2018 at 9:47 am UTC
I wish I could take my main PC back home for Christmas and finish all those games that are now finally playable with Proton/Wine.

elmapul
stanOnly unknown games in the whitelist, that’s disappointing.

castlevania is famous, but castlevania 3D sucks, the 2D ones are the good ones, castlevania 3D is an generic hack n slash, castlevania 2D is an great platform that helped define an genre.


Castlevania Lords of Shadow isn't a proper platformer Castlevania but it's a fantastic game nonetheless.
Faugn 12 December 2018 at 9:59 am UTC
Leopard
Faugn
Leopard
FaugnI wonder what's the process for whitelisting games... It does not look stringent enough: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition is whitelisted, yet it crashes on startup for me, and according to the ProtonDB entries, I'm not the only one: https://www.protondb.com/app/234080

AMD and Mesa?

Because it looks like running for Nvidia.

Yep...

What is your gpu and Mesa version?
Proton:Beta (3.16-5)
Distro:Arch Linux
Kernel:4.19.8-arch1-1-ARCH
RAM:16 GB
GPU Driver:4.5 Mesa 19.0.0-devel (git-c0de7c21a3)
GPU:Radeon RX 580
CPU:Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.40GHz
Beamboom 12 December 2018 at 9:59 am UTC
SirBubbles
Comandante ÑoñardoI wonder if this fix the Fallout 4 audio issues...

I gave it a quick spin, and it did seem to hold together when I used a plasma rifle on full auto. Went around Diamond City a couple of times causing trouble, and it seemed that the audio didn't have any issues. Will have to do further testing of course, and would love to get those FAudio patches for mainstream wine as well.

Ok, wow, hold on here: Are you saying that Fallout 4 now works with Steam Play right out of the box, or are there wine tweaks to be made first?
Leopard 12 December 2018 at 10:04 am UTC
Faugn
Leopard
Faugn
Leopard
FaugnI wonder what's the process for whitelisting games... It does not look stringent enough: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition is whitelisted, yet it crashes on startup for me, and according to the ProtonDB entries, I'm not the only one: https://www.protondb.com/app/234080

AMD and Mesa?

Because it looks like running for Nvidia.

Yep...

What is your gpu and Mesa version?
Proton:Beta (3.16-5)
Distro:Arch Linux
Kernel:4.19.8-arch1-1-ARCH
RAM:16 GB
GPU Driver:4.5 Mesa 19.0.0-devel (git-c0de7c21a3)
GPU:Radeon RX 580
CPU:Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.40GHz

If you are using selected Proton version for all titles instead of game specific selections, that can be the issue.

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