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Valve seem to be moving pretty quickly with Steam Play, as a new stable Steam Client is out which includes preliminary support for the new Steam Play Beta.

See Also: My thoughts on Steam Play and what it means for Linux gaming.

So essentially, Steam Play is the same as before as it's in Beta but it's now available to everyone on Linux. You no longer need to opt-in to the Beta version of the Steam Client to actually access it. I'm quite surprised they've done this so quickly, it's only been just over a week since it was actually announced.

On top of that, there's also touch control support in the Steam Link app. That's a pretty nice and natural addition, to have proper on-screen controls to play your games with while streaming from your PC to your mobile device. See their guide here for more info.

There's also plenty of fixes to the new Steam Chat, Steam Input, Big Picture Mode and so on.

See the full changelog here.

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belisama 29 August 2018 at 3:34 pm UTC
Is there still no indication on the store pages that the game you're looking at is Steamplay compatible or am I just missing it?
elmapul 29 August 2018 at 3:38 pm UTC
actually, that is bad news.
that means a lot of people will test a lot of games that dont run , without entering in the beta.
the ideal solution would be to either:

1)add an steamOS logo to the game
2)enable only games that were fully tested to run for those who arent on beta.

by adding it to the stable client, people have no way to tell if an game will run prior to install it and try it for then selves until the game crashes.
they may be informed that the compatibility layer isnt perfect and all, but they still dont have to tell if any Q/A was done to make sure the game run perfect, or it will have an issue in an random part of the game.
Mohandevir 29 August 2018 at 3:43 pm UTC
elmapulactually, that is bad news.
that means a lot of people will test a lot of games that dont run , without entering in the beta.
the ideal solution would be to either:

1)add an steamOS logo to the game
2)enable only games that were fully tested to run for those who arent on beta.

by adding it to the stable client, people have no way to tell if an game will run prior to install it and try it for then selves until the game crashes.
they may be informed that the compatibility layer isnt perfect and all, but they still dont have to tell if any Q/A was done to make sure the game run perfect, or it will have an issue in an random part of the game.

You still have to turn on the "Activate SteamPlay on all title" switch. The default behavior makes only the Whitelisted games available to all. This said, I would bring back the SteamPlay icon to identify the Whitelisted games.

Edit: In fact, it's quite the contrary... With the default behavior, you are on your own to find the Whitelisted games. You cannot install random games, it's locked. At this point, you are aware of what you are doing. And if you turn on SteamPlay on all titles, It must be assumed that you definitely know what you are doing.


Last edited by Mohandevir at 29 August 2018 at 4:09 pm UTC
Dunc 29 August 2018 at 3:44 pm UTC
Comandante ÑoñardoThis is evidence that Proton is working as planned.
Yes, I've seen a few hints of it myself, but... er, your links don't work.
Comandante Ñoñardo 29 August 2018 at 3:45 pm UTC
belisamaIs there still no indication on the store pages that the game you're looking at is Steamplay compatible or am I just missing it?
Not in the beta stage of Steamplay.

Original Steam Play announcementSteam Play whitelisted games will not be offered for purchase or marked as supported on Linux on the Store during the initial Beta period.

Source: https://steamcommunity.com/games/221410/announcements/detail/1696055855739350561
mahagr 29 August 2018 at 3:55 pm UTC
I just wish that Steam didn't list Windows games inside my Linux library..
belisama 29 August 2018 at 3:59 pm UTC
Comandante Ñoñardo
belisamaIs there still no indication on the store pages that the game you're looking at is Steamplay compatible or am I just missing it?
Not in the beta stage of Steamplay.

So it's *this* kind of beta but not *that* kind of beta . . . yeah, that's not going to confuse anybody.

mahagrI just wish that Steam didn't list Windows games inside my Linux library..

In the client, you can set your library to only display "SteamOS + Linux" games. It's a pulldown just to the right of the search box and just under the "Library" tab at the top.
edo 29 August 2018 at 4:00 pm UTC
we need valve to release new compatible proton games


Last edited by edo at 29 August 2018 at 4:00 pm UTC
legluondunet 29 August 2018 at 4:05 pm UTC
Quoteme and a friend who also using proton was unable to play street fighter IV online together, and also I couldn't connect online to Helldivers either, and Metal Gear Solid V won't connect online either.

You took example from games that are not yet whitelisted. All you have to do for the moment is to open an issue and wait.
soulsource 29 August 2018 at 4:05 pm UTC
Wait a second, doesn't Steam Play require LLVM 7 (which isn't out) and Mesa 18.2 (which isn't out either) on AMD hardware?

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/blob/proton_3.7/PREREQS.md
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