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Valve are moving fast with Steam Play updates! Just today they've released the Steam Play 3.16-1 beta which is a pretty big deal. Also, the 3.7-8 minor update is now in the stable channel for everyone.

Once again, it's typical of this all to land (DXVK update and now this!) after I've already done the weekend roundup. Certainly not complaining though, far from it, the excitement levels over here just exploded.

I was expecting a Steam Play update soon, given how I've been tracking the commit log seeing Wine and more being updated, didn't quite expect Valve and CodeWeavers to work so quickly and on a weekend too. This just goes to show how important it is and how dedicated they are to improving Linux gaming.

As usual, you will likely need to restart Steam to have the new Proton beta available. Here's the changes in all their glory (changelog link):

  • Rebased Proton patches onto Wine 3.16.
  • Updated Vulkan support in Wine to 1.1.86, plus support for transform feedback.
  • DXVK has been updated to 0.81 plus support for transform feedback which should fix missing models in many D3D11 games. This requires new driver support. DXVK release notes can be found here: https://github.com/doitsujin/dxvk/releases/tag/v0.81
  • DXVK's d3d10 mode is now enabled by default.
  • DXVK is now built as a native Linux library, which may give a small performance boost, and should make debugging easier for DXVK and driver developers.
  • Missing textures for models in some VR games has been resolved.
  • Ask the window manager to bypass the compositor in fullscreen mode. This may improve performance in some situations.
  • All new makefile-based build system.

As you can see, it's a pretty massive change. Previously, Steam Play's Proton was based on Wine 3.7 so it was quite outdated. They also removed any Mac support for it.

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So much for my quiet weekend taking time off…

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Arehandoro 13 October 2018 at 3:12 pm UTC
Impressive!
Xpander 13 October 2018 at 3:16 pm UTC
that was fast. nvidia just got the vulkan beta drivers out with the transform feedback support.
skinnyraf 13 October 2018 at 3:16 pm UTC
I hope they'll update drivers in SteamOS just as fast.
Meanwhile, Debian is stuck with 390.
vipor29 13 October 2018 at 3:16 pm UTC
just waiting on my amd card to get here then i can start testing these games out.i bet alot of games that were not working are working now.
TemplarGR 13 October 2018 at 3:16 pm UTC
With these changes they could whitelist quite a lot of games soon!
devnull 13 October 2018 at 3:17 pm UTC
QuoteMissing textures for models in some VR games has been resolved.

+1
Eike 13 October 2018 at 3:20 pm UTC
skinnyrafI hope they'll update drivers in SteamOS just as fast.
Meanwhile, Debian is stuck with 390.

Experimental is not as evil as it sounds and has got 396.54 at the moment:
https://packages.debian.org/experimental/nvidia-driver
I did install from experimental several times and didn't run into problems.
Of course: no guarantee.
Xpander 13 October 2018 at 3:21 pm UTC
Eike
skinnyrafI hope they'll update drivers in SteamOS just as fast.
Meanwhile, Debian is stuck with 390.

Experimental is not as evil as it sounds and has got 396.54 at the moment:
https://packages.debian.org/experimental/nvidia-driver
I did install from experimental several times and didn't run into problems.
Of course: no guarantee.

396.54 doest give you transform feedback. you need 396.54.09
roberto_9 13 October 2018 at 3:37 pm UTC
How do I get the Proton beta updates? They don't show up for me...
Leopard 13 October 2018 at 3:37 pm UTC
TemplarGRWith these changes they could whitelist quite a lot of games soon!

Witcher 3 being first , many Unity games included. Also Quake Champions.
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