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For those of you sticking with the stable channel of Steam Play's Proton system, Valve have today rolled out all the recent beta changes for everyone.

Previously, you had access to Proton 3.7-3 which was what everyone used by default and you could also use the "Compatibility tool" dropdown in the Steam Play options section to switch to a beta to have the latest updates. Valve must now consider all the changes stable enough, as Proton 3.7-6 is now the default. There's another beta channel now, which is still currently at 3.7-6 but it should remain where the latest changes go.

There's quite a lot of improvements included since the initial release, like: automatic mouse capturing in fullscreen windows by default, performance improvements, certain game compatibility improvements, an updated build of DXVK, more display resolution support and so on. You can see the full changelog here.

If you missed them, we had an interview with the creator of DXVK which is part of Steam Play's Proton and an interview with Linux game porter Ethan Lee recently. We will have another article up having a chat with a few developers about it all in a few days. Given that we're approaching the weekend, it will probably be early next week. We have some interesting people lined up for it, stay tuned.

It's really fun to watch it progress, I'm pretty excited personally to see how it evolves over the next year. It's still early days, but it has been rather promising so far. How have you all been finding it so far? What has been your biggest surprise with it? Let us know in the comments.

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bubexel 13 September 2018 at 8:22 pm UTC
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keep going!
goldenk 13 September 2018 at 8:24 pm UTC
I look forward to testing it out when I get home tonight. I love the fact i can play ds3 on linux.
silmeth 13 September 2018 at 8:27 pm UTC
I wonder if (when?) they plan to upgrade the wine version on which Proton is based. I believe some problems (perhaps Ōkami HD not launching under Steam Play, as it supposedly works in Wine + DXVK) would be fixed by using newer wine instead of 3.7.
TemplarGR 13 September 2018 at 8:28 pm UTC
I just want voices and music in Skyrim Special Edition....
liamdawe 13 September 2018 at 8:31 pm UTC
TemplarGRI just want voices and music in Skyrim Special Edition....
I believe FAudio will fix that, which Ethan Lee is working on. Let's hope Valve hire him, full speed ahead number 1!
Hori 13 September 2018 at 8:40 pm UTC
Any idea when the next batch of whitelisted Steam Play games is coming up? Or rather... will it come at all before the Steam Play release, or just after?

From the games I owned that got the Proton treatment, only DOOM and Fate were interesting to me, but I got over them already
I know I could enable it for other unsupported games as well, but the problem is it will enable ALL games, making a mess out of my library.
Swiftpaw 13 September 2018 at 8:41 pm UTC
liamdawe
TemplarGRI just want voices and music in Skyrim Special Edition....
I believe FAudio will fix that, which Ethan Lee is working on. Let's hope Valve hire him, full speed ahead number 1!

Engage!
Swiftpaw 13 September 2018 at 8:43 pm UTC
I just want to know if the Wine fruit is hanging low enough now that any game developers who previously haven't supported us are starting to plan on officially supporting Linux via that path, such as Bethesda and id software. Bring on that tux/SteamOS icon so we can throw them our bux!
NeptNutz 13 September 2018 at 8:51 pm UTC
QuoteValve must now consider all the changes stable enough, as Proton 3.7-6 is now the only option.

Looks like there is 3.7-6 Beta again (Not to be confused with the old 3.7-6 Beta, before Proton37_3 came and went. LOL!)
doctorx 13 September 2018 at 8:54 pm UTC
So excited about this. I have 689 games in steam... Out of those.. 539ish run great under either linux native or steam play. Out of what is left,. All but 11 has to have windows. I got fallout 4 working last night with mods.. just a bit slow for now. The rest are split between wine staging and crossover. So close to deleting windows, i can taste it. I wish i could figure out how to get Diablo III and other blizzard games working with it.
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