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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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bintsmok 18 October 2018 at 7:16 am UTC
Proton 3.16-2 beta broke the performance of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This latest Proton update fixed it

Will try to test again DmC Devil May Cry. I hope it runs.
Eike 18 October 2018 at 7:31 am UTC
StraToNI haven't done it, since this game is not officially supported, so I suppose I won't get any answer... but would I?

Probably better not. But you could post it in the forum, where other's might help... and the developers could see it.


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UltraAltesBrot 18 October 2018 at 8:58 am UTC
The issue with games using .NET launchers not starting isn't solved yet, is it?
legluondunet 18 October 2018 at 9:25 am UTC
UltraAltesBrotThe issue with games using .NET launchers not starting isn't solved yet, is it?

Resolved for games that need .Net 2.0 (it is already installed in Proton), not the others. Normally it will be resolved when Proton will update to Wine 3.18 that resolved the bug for .Net 3.5 install on 64 bits prefix:
https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=45680


Last edited by legluondunet at 18 October 2018 at 10:18 am UTC
wolfyrion 18 October 2018 at 9:44 am UTC
ElectricPrismThe 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.

But still upcoming AAA Games are not available in Linux.
This is the major problem.
Gamers want to play NEWLY just released games not a year later.
coolbober 18 October 2018 at 9:47 am UTC
beniwtvFor 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!

Heroes of might and magic 6 - uplay starts here too, however I'am nit able to login
MayeulC 18 October 2018 at 10:11 am UTC
gustavoyaraujoThere is an annoying issue on PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2019... The game crashes every time it connects to the online server.
gustavoyaraujo
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.

Mmm... Battlerite hasn't been working for me either, due to a network issue as well. However, it seemed to me that the problem was in the steam library bridge as used by proton (the networking part of those). I didn't post a detailed bug report, but I will as soon as I regain access to my computer which has the logs (might be a few days...). That kind of bug could actually explain a lot of these networking problems.

Edit: already reported here.
Relevant log part:
steamnetworkingsockets.dll caused an Access Violation (0xc0000005) in module steamnetworkingsockets.dll at 0023:0bcba797.

It would be interesting to see whether those games use (/ship) the same library.


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beniwtv 18 October 2018 at 10:13 am UTC
coolboberHeroes of might and magic 6 - uplay starts here too, however I'am nit able to login

Make sure you have the GnuTLS 3 link workaround as described here: https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/issues/162#issuecomment-425779454
fabertawe 18 October 2018 at 10:17 am UTC
wolfyrionBut still upcoming AAA Games are not available in Linux.
This is the major problem.
Gamers want to play NEWLY just released games not a year later.

I don't This may be a generational thing or just me but I like the later ports which include all bug fixes and DLC.

And of course all AAA newly released games would be full price. Obviously it would be nice to have the option but personally I'm very happy with the state of Linux gaming.
bintsmok 18 October 2018 at 10:23 am UTC
wolfyrion
ElectricPrismThe 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.

But still upcoming AAA Games are not available in Linux.
This is the major problem.
Gamers want to play NEWLY just released games not a year later.

Not all gamers. Not everyone can afford a game's full price.

There is a reason Steam Summer Sale and Steam Christmas Sale exist.
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