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Valve put out another Steam Beta Client with minor Steam Play changes

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Valve are pushing out updates rather often to the Steam client lately, with the fourth this month now out.

On top of removing Steam Play options for Mac and Windows, along with a Steam Input bug fix we also saw these updated to the Steam Play integration on Linux:

  • Fixed an issue with invalid Steam Play tool selections if user had previously opted in to enable Steam Play for all titles. (Note: this will cause a one-time reset of all Steam Play global and per-app selections to the default state).
  • Added the ability to force Steam Play compatibility tools for non-Steam game shortcuts

Nice to see the ability added for shortcuts, for games from other sources you add into Steam. Could be pretty handy.

Note: Apparently there's an issue where it can remove your Steam Play games and redownload them. A fix is to set Steam to use Steam Play for all titles and restart the client as soon as possible after updating. You can also try it in offline mode, to prevent any downloads. 

See the announcement here.

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Comandante Ñoñardo 19 January 2019 at 3:02 pm UTC
QuoteAdded the ability to force Steam Play compatibility tools for non-Steam game shortcuts

hmm... And how exactly works this feature?
massatt212 19 January 2019 at 3:32 pm UTC
Good to see the updates Buuuuuuut
.Net Frame Work
Microsoft Visual C++
Denuvo
Easy Anti-Cheat
All Stopping the the progression on Steam Play

If anyone has a work around for Netframe work that doesnt require wine tricks send me some links and guides please


Last edited by massatt212 at 19 January 2019 at 3:33 pm UTC
Dunc 19 January 2019 at 3:54 pm UTC
WorMzyI think it's borked the steam servers, I have a load of pending downloads, but nothing's actually downloading because "content servers unreachable".
I had that with the previous beta. Glad to see it's not just my crappy internet connection.
iiari 19 January 2019 at 4:17 pm UTC
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HadBabitsIt just straight up wiped a lot of my games; I check the game folder and it's empty :C Fucking weak, man. I just turned off the beta, now I'm too scared to switch it back on.
Same here, although the games are still on the drive, but just not listed in the launcher... Seeing if going off beta works right now. Please remember to file the bug!
DoctorJunglist 19 January 2019 at 5:21 pm UTC
I like that you can now enable SteamPlay on a game by game basis, and you don't have to enable it for all titles.

Now I get a nice separation of my Linux stuff (native + SteamPlay) from my whole library. With SteamPlay turned on for all titles, it marks the whole library as Steam OS + Linux titles, and I didn't like that.
Nevertheless 19 January 2019 at 7:47 pm UTC
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Comandante Ñoñardo
QuoteAdded the ability to force Steam Play compatibility tools for non-Steam game shortcuts

hmm... And how exactly works this feature?

I used it for pre installed GOG games so far. After selecting the games exe file to "install a non Steam game" in Steam, I had to correct the "Target" inside the games properties. It has to contain the complete path including the exe file.
After checking the "compatibility tools" checkbox I can run the games without problems.
raneon 19 January 2019 at 7:59 pm UTC
Every day an Steam update, not bad :-)

Does somebody know if you can set some launch parameters for all games (not for the Steam client itself)?
Asu 20 January 2019 at 9:08 am UTC
Praise Lord Gaben! So playonlinux is dead... sad day...
Xaero_Vincent 20 January 2019 at 9:22 am UTC
massatt212Good to see the updates Buuuuuuut
.Net Frame Work
Microsoft Visual C++
Denuvo
Easy Anti-Cheat
All Stopping the the progression on Steam Play

I would say Battleye and Easy Anti-Cheat are the main culprits. Games that use the .NET Framework and MSVC++ libraries tend to work, sometimes with workarounds. Newer Denuvo games seem to work too, such as Assassins Creed Odyssey and older ones often have Denuvo bypass patches.

It looks like a workaround to play Battleye and EAC enabled games on Linux would be either mediated/shared or dedicated GPU passthrough. I was able to try the Darwin Project with it's EAC anti-cheat with Intel GVT-g single-shared GPU passthrough from a Manjaro host to a Windows 10 guest on my Dell laptop w/ Intel integrated graphics. The experience wasn't great with a dual-core i7 w/ Intel HD 520 graphics but somewhat playable on low settings. A higher end quad-core or better Intel CPU w/ better iGPU, plus a fast SSD (instead of a slow HDD) to load textures into memory faster would help here.

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Last edited by Xaero_Vincent at 20 January 2019 at 9:27 am UTC
lunix 20 January 2019 at 9:47 am UTC
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I enabled steam beta and the updates don't work - they get paused right after the start(update required(not queued))... Most of my proton games can't be started anymore.
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