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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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Ardje 18 October 2018 at 10:27 am UTC
StraToNI 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?
You should not bother the original developers.
But what you do have to do is report it on the proton issue tracker. Check if the game already has a report, and if not create a new issue. All problems with a game go into a single issue.
There might be just that tiny change on your system that makes it crash on yours and work on others.
Ignore any downvotes of your issues, because there are hateful people everywhere, even if they use linux.
x_wing 18 October 2018 at 11:07 am UTC
Ardje
StraToNI 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?
You should not bother the original developers.
But what you do have to do is report it on the proton issue tracker. Check if the game already has a report, and if not create a new issue. All problems with a game go into a single issue.
There might be just that tiny change on your system that makes it crash on yours and work on others.
Ignore any downvotes of your issues, because there are hateful people everywhere, even if they use linux.

I think he should send it. Even if devs doesn't care, it makes them see that there are Linux gamer out there.
coolbober 18 October 2018 at 11:51 am UTC
beniwtv
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
Thanks but still no luck for me...
Dedale 18 October 2018 at 12:14 pm UTC
x_wingI think he should send it. Even if devs doesn't care, it makes them see that there are Linux gamer out there.

I think he should not. And valve have explicitly asked gamers not to do so. Game studios are already told by Valve they have Linux players playing their games via proton and how many.

On another hand, demands of support for a platform they have never committed to support are annoying. So it is a good way to show ourselves as pests.
Leopard 18 October 2018 at 12:35 pm UTC
Quake Champions still has network error.
skinnyraf 18 October 2018 at 2:24 pm 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!

Have we leapfrogged the year of Linux on the desktop and jumped straight into the year of Linux VR?
beniwtv 18 October 2018 at 2:41 pm UTC
skinnyrafHave we leapfrogged the year of Linux on the desktop and jumped straight into the year of Linux VR?

Well Linux-native VR titles (both OpenGL and Vulkan) worked for quite some time, we even maintain a list here: https://gitlab.com/yaomtc/VR-on-Linux

Now, Windows VR games are another story. So far, these are running fine for me (or have been a week ago):
- Beat Saber (is on the official Proton compatibility list)
- Star Trek: Bridge Crew
- Star Wars Droid Repair Bay
- Far Space VR
- Budget Cuts

I do intend to buy and test more games shortly, but it's looking *very* promising at the moment!
beniwtv 18 October 2018 at 2:42 pm UTC
coolboberThanks but still no luck for me...

Sorry to hear that. What links have you currently set?
Comandante Ñoñardo 18 October 2018 at 3:15 pm UTC
Now, the next step: To be able to choose between the native Linux version of a game and the Windows version of that game via Proton.
mylka 18 October 2018 at 3:57 pm 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.

or never like ubisoft games with their stupid uplay client
i can live without EA games, but i like far cry, watch dogs and assassins creed. i hope valve has a solution for this problem, or ubisoft stops being a pain in the ass and removes this nonsense
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