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This is quite an exciting release for Steam Play, as Valve just put out a brand new release of Proton.

It moves the version of Wine used from 3.16 to 4.2 which includes a rather large set of improvements by itself, so it should have quite an interesting effect on what games are now playable. What's especially nice, is that Valve said 166 patches from Proton 3.16 "have been upstreamed or are no longer needed".

That wasn't all, DXVK also saw a version bump so it's now using 1.0.1 and FAudio too joined the party with it pulling in a newer build "19.03-13-gd07f69f".

There's a bunch of other improvements too like better mouse behaviour in certain games, with Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 specifically mentioned. Networking fixes made it in for NBA 2K19 and NBA 2K18 as well.

Controller/Gamepad duplication in games that use SDL2 like RiME should also be fixed, which I am sure many will appreciate as decent gamepad support could be something to make or break Steam Play. Any small hassle that gets fixed, is welcome.

Proton's special fullscreen "hack" should also now work with "GDI-based games", there's better support for IVRInput for controller input in VR and more improvements and new features to the build system.

As always, you can find the changelog here.

Do note though, Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais said on Twitter that you will want to install it manually from Steam's "Tools" area. Griffais said "That process is supposed to be automated, but there is currently a bug with games that use another redistributable".

You can find that here, for those that don't know:

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NeoTheFox 26 March 2019 at 10:34 pm UTC
This, right here, is why I'm a Steam loyalist. GOG may be DRM free, but they sure are useless for Linux
gradyvuckovic 26 March 2019 at 10:46 pm UTC
Valve is there some way I can send you money without buying a game?? Because seriously **thankyou**.

Oh my god I got so many games to test now. I'm going to have to redo every one of my borked games to see what difference 4.2 makes. This is gonna be soooo guud.

Thankyou thankyou Valve!

This is why I absolutely refuse to even consider downloading a free game from EGS, screw Epic, they hate gamers in general and they hate us as well, they won't even port games made in a Linux compatible engine or port a store made in Electron. The sooner they go out of business the better off the entire world will be.
Purple Library Guy 26 March 2019 at 10:47 pm UTC
Cool.
dubigrasu 26 March 2019 at 10:49 pm UTC
QuoteController/Gamepad duplication in games that use SDL2 like RiME should also be fixed
Wow, awesome. Yes, I used an workaround for RIME, and is all good now, but having this working out of the box is so great.
Werner 26 March 2019 at 10:49 pm UTC
awesome, finally we are at 4.x, now i really hope that finally some of my Racing Games are getting FFB support for my Wheel
Comandante Ñoñardo 26 March 2019 at 10:57 pm UTC
Perfect!
Time to repeat failed experiments.
It seems Gaben is reacting.
Vortex_Acherontic 26 March 2019 at 11:12 pm UTC
I love Valve for all their support and endeavors they put into the Linux community

I'm so excited on what will come in 2019 an the following years for the whole Linux Gaming Ecosystem. I feel like Linux as a desktop OS was never as important as right now and is getting still more and more popular and important
mrdeathjr 26 March 2019 at 11:17 pm UTC
In this steamplay version up to wine 4.2 based, however wine 4.4 shows interesting improvements

This is some titles working with steamplay:


Splinter Cell

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Last test with Pentium G3258 @ 4.1ghz + Artic Cooling Alpine 11 Plus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq89Nb5UBRs

With Core i3 8350K Tri-Core @ 5.0ghz + Zalman CNPS 10x Performa+

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEMbrfh45R8


Splinter Cell Chaos Theory

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Last test with Pentium G3258 @ 4.1ghz + Artic Cooling Alpine 11 Plus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3YVOplDwdg

With Core i3 8350K Tri-Core @ 5.0ghz + Zalman CNPS 10x Performa+

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuf_0U50eLI


Splinter Cell Double Agent

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Last test with Pentium G3258 @ 4.1ghz + Artic Cooling Alpine 11 Plus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU4oYHfWH50

With Core i3 8350K Tri-Core @ 5.0ghz + Zalman CNPS 10x Performa+

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEsjaI5smz8


Lost Planet Extreme Condition

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Last test with Pentium G3258 @ 4.1ghz + Artic Cooling Alpine 11 Plus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASgUoOaX08A

With Core i3 8350K Tri-Core @ 5.0ghz + Zalman CNPS 10x Performa+

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z804ISXjPDo


Warhammer 40000 Space Marines

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With Core i3 8350K Tri-Core @ 5.0ghz + Zalman CNPS 10x Performa+

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg8BQKR9NhQ


Murderer Soul Suspect

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Last test with Pentium G3258 @ 4.1ghz + Artic Cooling Alpine 11 Plus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac8Kilo5_zg

With Core i3 8350K Tri-Core @ 5.0ghz + Zalman CNPS 10x Performa+

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-USAXCWUwc




Last edited by mrdeathjr at 27 March 2019 at 12:34 am UTC
legluondunet 26 March 2019 at 11:21 pm UTC
Oh no, it's time for me to sleep and I just see this news...How to resist?
legluondunet 26 March 2019 at 11:25 pm UTC
NeoTheFoxThis, right here, is why I'm a Steam loyalist. GOG may be DRM free, but they sure are useless for Linux

Please don't oppose Steam AND Gog, they are two games sellers that support Linux, they all two deserve respect from Linux community.
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