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Valve just put out another (smaller) Steam Play beta version

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Valve are moving quickly based on feedback during the beta period, with Steam Play's Proton now having a 3.16-3 beta available.

Compared to previous releases, it's quite minor. Here's what's changed:

  • Fixed debug DXVK, again; same issue as originally fixed by 3.7-2 (DXVK DLLs compiled in debug mode). This surfaced again with their new build system.
  • Enabled more optimizations and instruction sets for Wine.
  • Minor alt-tab fixes for Unreal Engine 1 games.

See the changelog here.

I'm really quite excited to see where they take it. Especially when they roll out showing something about it directly on store pages for games in their whitelist. It's definitely going to be interesting to see how they're going to show this.

As mentioned before: To enable the beta, you need to go into Steam's main settings, locate the Steam Play section in the left panel and choose it from the dropdown box. You do not need the Steam beta client. You may need to restart Steam to get it to actually show up.

By the time I get around to actually playing some games seriously in Proton, I imagine it's going to be incredible. Thinking ahead, I can't imagine how far it's going to progress a year from now. It's going to be a very different gaming world for us.

Ps. It's also nice to know they're reading your comments here.

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ElectricPrism 17 October 2018 at 9:42 pm UTC
The journey of a thousand miles is broken up into each single step.

I am glad to see lots of small incremental fixes and improvements which will over time mean much bigger things.

Anyone remember when Valve started in 2013 and there were only a handful of games on Linux. Look at where we are now. 5k Games and 2.5k proton games.

Keep it up everyone, our combined contributions to enrich and grow the community and make Linux more awesome snowball. Keep asking devs for natives, keep buying Linux games and hardware, and keep patching, bug reporting and improving our software stack and drivers.

Gabe Newell wasn't kidding when he said the entire goal for Valve with Linux is to remove barriers and friction which slow down content delivery from developers to consumers. Valve has been doing exactly that. They have been an excellent steward enriching Linux.
Linas 17 October 2018 at 9:50 pm UTC
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They should really put Steam Play settings into the Big Picture mode. Now I need to switch to the desktop mode to check which version am I running. Or have a forever "latest beta" setting.
gustavoyaraujo 17 October 2018 at 9:57 pm UTC
There is an annoying issue on PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2019... The game crashes every time it connects to the online server.
beniwtv 17 October 2018 at 10:06 pm UTC
For me this was quite the update!

Star Trek: Bridge Crew, which is an Ubisoft game using Uplay just started working, IN VR, everything. Still can't believe it really. Nice job everyone involved!
Adam_eM 17 October 2018 at 10:31 pm UTC
gustavoyaraujoThere is an annoying issue on PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2019... The game crashes every time it connects to the online server.

I've got the same problem here. By the way, did you managed to get it full screen, or do you know how to launch the settings.exe by chance?. I only got a demo, but I consider buying it when above issues will be eventually resolved.


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j3kyl 17 October 2018 at 10:33 pm UTC
Have been playing Risen 1 under Steam Play... no graphics issues but it does not save game!


Last edited by j3kyl at 18 October 2018 at 6:16 pm UTC
TheRiddick 18 October 2018 at 12:32 am UTC
Now if we can get faster cheaper gpu's then things would be looking great for 4k users.

Basically quite a few games when played under Linux or steamplay my fps go from 50-60 in Windows to 30-45 under Linux, only option is to play at 1440p or 1080p.

PC is just getting WAY too expensive for 60fps 4k gaming atm, and its really not obtainable for most games under Linux, even native, sadly. (I have a 1080ti btw!)

Sadly I have been playing most my stuff under windows 10 lately due to this problem. I won't be moving down to a smaller screen due to productivity reasons, and the GPU industry seems to think its ok to charge $2199AUD for 2080TI (Australia, land of baby snatching dingoes), a top end GAMING GPU that's not even a pseudo-workstation card (like the titans)


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scaine 18 October 2018 at 12:39 am UTC
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gustavoyaraujoThere is an annoying issue on PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2019... The game crashes every time it connects to the online server.

Anything related to online play is probably this bug. I'm hoping for it to be fixed so that I can sink several hundred hours into Killing Floor 2, shamelessly ignoring my previous disdain for the way Tripwire treated us loyal penguins.

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/issues/162

I'm shallow like that, some times.
gustavoyaraujo 18 October 2018 at 4:48 am UTC
Adam_eM
gustavoyaraujoThere is an annoying issue on PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2019... The game crashes every time it connects to the online server.

I've got the same problem here. By the way, did you managed to get it full screen, or do you know how to launch the settings.exe by chance?. I only got a demo, but I consider buying it when above issues will be eventually resolved.

Didn't try to launch the settings.exe. I was running it in Windowed mode, but in PekWM, I can maximize the window to match the full screen resolution. Yes, I still have those white borders, but It's a minor issue for me. I'm also waiting those fixes to buy to full version of the game. What impressed me most it the PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2019 runs much better than the 2018 one.

scaine
gustavoyaraujoThere is an annoying issue on PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2019... The game crashes every time it connects to the online server.

Anything related to online play is probably this bug. I'm hoping for it to be fixed so that I can sink several hundred hours into Killing Floor 2, shamelessly ignoring my previous disdain for the way Tripwire treated us loyal penguins.

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/issues/162

I'm shallow like that, some times.

I'm glad to know it's already a known issue, maybe they are working to fix it.
StraToN 18 October 2018 at 7:06 am UTC
Amazing to see that much updates!

I am trying to get Offworld Trading Company working on my setup (laptop) using Proton since its beta release, but I keep getting the game crashing immediately after clicking the Play button in the launcher, outputting crash logs and asking me to send them to the developers. I haven't done it, since this game is not officially supported, so I suppose I won't get any answer... but would I?

It's strange anyway, because many people seem to have it running perfectly, and I managed to get it working with Wine some time ago.
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