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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 12 December 2018 at 11:14 pm UTC
wvstolzingI gave in to my curiosity, and downloaded the whole thing ... but AssCreed 1 still doesn't work. I wonder how the folks on youtube got it to work.

I use wine prefix as windows xp, no csmt, game dx10 binary will be renamed as dx9 binary and PROTON_NO_ESYNC=1 %command% in launch options




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legluondunet 12 December 2018 at 11:22 pm UTC
wvstolzingI gave in to my curiosity, and downloaded the whole thing ... but AssCreed 1 still doesn't work. I wonder how the folks on youtube got it to work.

Works very well here in directx10 mode with DXVK. Are you using the last Proton beta? Are you using the correct Nvidia drivers? (or MESA if you own an AMD GPU, see requirements here: https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/wiki/Requirements)
First thing to do: uninstall and reinstall the game.


Last edited by legluondunet at 12 December 2018 at 11:23 pm UTC
Klutz 13 December 2018 at 5:50 am UTC
I installed Fallout 4 with the recommended xaudio2_6 and xaudio2_7 tweaks through winetricks, setting them to native/built-in. Does the FAudio addition to the new beta version mean I should now remove these tweaks?
wvstolzing 13 December 2018 at 10:44 am UTC
legluondunetWorks very well here in directx10 mode with DXVK. Are you using the last Proton beta? Are you using the correct Nvidia drivers? (or MESA if you own an AMD GPU, see requirements here: https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/wiki/Requirements)
First thing to do: uninstall and reinstall the game.

Latest proton beta & latest stable nvidia drivers (415.22). The dx10 executable launches, plays the intro video, then the screen goes blank on the intro menu screen (sounds still playing). All I can do is to kill -9 it.
mrdeathjr 13 December 2018 at 2:05 pm UTC
wvstolzing
legluondunetWorks very well here in directx10 mode with DXVK. Are you using the last Proton beta? Are you using the correct Nvidia drivers? (or MESA if you own an AMD GPU, see requirements here: https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/wiki/Requirements)
First thing to do: uninstall and reinstall the game.

Latest proton beta & latest stable nvidia drivers (415.22). The dx10 executable launches, plays the intro video, then the screen goes blank on the intro menu screen (sounds still playing). All I can do is to kill -9 it.

In my case use 415.18.04 and vulkan stay on 1.1.92

etonbears 13 December 2018 at 2:13 pm UTC
KlutzI installed Fallout 4 with the recommended xaudio2_6 and xaudio2_7 tweaks through winetricks, setting them to native/built-in. Does the FAudio addition to the new beta version mean I should now remove these tweaks?

No, the FAudio in Proton does not include WMA support. You can compile your own FAudio library with WMA, but it seems to be broken at this point, so you get no speach.

Eventually this needs to be fixed.

You may find that you no longer get occasional audio crashes as some of the audio paths have changed to use FAudio at a low level. I have not tested that, but others have reported an improvement.
wvstolzing 13 December 2018 at 3:14 pm UTC
mrdeathjrIn my case use 415.18.04 and vulkan stay on 1.1.92

Thanks; the problem *might* be the version of Vulkan that I have on Fedora. (vulkan-loader is on 1.1.92; but vulkan-tools are on 1.1.82; vulkaninfo (part of vulkan-tools) shows '1.1.82' to be the version. I'll look into this some other time.)
slaapliedje 15 December 2018 at 8:48 pm UTC
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Weird, my GTA V install is in a forever 'validating' loop today. Anyone else seen something similar?
etonbears 18 December 2018 at 9:59 pm UTC
slaapliedjeWeird, my GTA V install is in a forever 'validating' loop today. Anyone else seen something similar?

Yes, I have had that a couple of times recently. The first time was resolved by moving the game from an NTFS formatted disk to an ext4 disk, but recently Civ VI also went into an update loop. I have deleted Civ VI for now, as I am expecting to move games to a new larger SSD soon, but Civ VI was also on NTFS, so that may also be the problem there.
slaapliedje 19 December 2018 at 5:00 am UTC
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etonbears
slaapliedjeWeird, my GTA V install is in a forever 'validating' loop today. Anyone else seen something similar?

Yes, I have had that a couple of times recently. The first time was resolved by moving the game from an NTFS formatted disk to an ext4 disk, but recently Civ VI also went into an update loop. I have deleted Civ VI for now, as I am expecting to move games to a new larger SSD soon, but Civ VI was also on NTFS, so that may also be the problem there.
Huh, nope mine is already on an ext4 SSD partition.
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