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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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Arehandoro 27 March 2019 at 12:17 pm UTC
BielFPsDoes someone know, if it's better to have all proton versions installed or just the current? I know that some of the games stuck with a specific version to avoid regression problems, but let's say that I don't have any of then installed, then is there any difference of installing just the newest one or keep a lot of versions?

And let's say that I've installed a game that runs better with an old release of proton, does steam will automatically download and install this old version or do I have to install it manually?

Those are very good questions. Hopefully someone can help with that
jasonm 27 March 2019 at 12:39 pm UTC
gradyvuckovicValve 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.


Sure you can give them money. Buy in-game items and upgrades for their free 2 play titles like CS Go, TF2, and Dota 2. Be sure to always buy on steam to help support Valve, etc.
Dedale 27 March 2019 at 12:46 pm UTC
BielFPsDoes someone know, if it's better to have all proton versions installed or just the current? I know that some of the games stuck with a specific version to avoid regression problems, but let's say that I don't have any of then installed, then is there any difference of installing just the newest one or keep a lot of versions?

And let's say that I've installed a game that runs better with an old release of proton, does steam will automatically download and install this old version or do I have to install it manually?

I downloaded nearly all versions. For example, Company of Heroes works better on my rig with the old proton 3.7 (non beta) so i force it on this game. I have no time yet to test 4.2. And few windows games anyway.
theghost 27 March 2019 at 12:59 pm UTC
Most important question:

Is the Skyrim SE sound bug (no NPC voice) finally fixed?
deathxxx 27 March 2019 at 1:54 pm UTC
For: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
With Proton 4.2-1, still have no music and speech sounds, without this: https://github.com/Kron4ek/FAudio-Builds
Comandante Ñoñardo 27 March 2019 at 1:56 pm UTC
jasonm
gradyvuckovicValve 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.


Sure you can give them money. Buy in-game items and upgrades for their free 2 play titles like CS Go, TF2, and Dota 2. Be sure to always buy on steam to help support Valve, etc.

And you can buy Crossover 18.5 for support directly the PROTON developers, Codeweavers.
deathxxx 27 March 2019 at 1:56 pm UTC
theghostMost important question:

Is the Skyrim SE sound bug (no NPC voice) finally fixed?
Use this one, and you will have all sounds. https://github.com/Kron4ek/FAudio-Builds
I do that in this video, and play a lot time with it, with no problem:
https://youtu.be/OcA8Cykd7U0


Last edited by deathxxx at 27 March 2019 at 1:59 pm UTC
deathxxx 27 March 2019 at 2:33 pm UTC
deathxxxFor: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
With Proton 4.2-1, still have no music and speech sounds, without this: https://github.com/Kron4ek/FAudio-Builds
That is short version, how i do it!
https://youtu.be/aIM6KlKn_hE
theghost 27 March 2019 at 2:41 pm UTC
deathxxx
theghostMost important question:

Is the Skyrim SE sound bug (no NPC voice) finally fixed?
Use this one, and you will have all sounds. https://github.com/Kron4ek/FAudio-Builds
I do that in this video, and play a lot time with it, with no problem:
https://youtu.be/OcA8Cykd7U0

So it's not fixed yet.
Well thx for the info.
I will stick to the normal version of Skyrim.
As I don't want to tinker with extra hacks.
BielFPs 27 March 2019 at 4:29 pm UTC
DedaleI downloaded nearly all versions.

Me too, but in the future this might be a problem with a lot of versions. Unless Valve start to remove old releases.
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