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Valve are continuing their polishing effort to make the Steam Client work better, with a load of work from the recent Beta releases now out for everyone.

This Steam Client update includes an updated version of their embedded Chromium build, it adds in a Big Picture Mode library filter for local multiplayer games, multiple changes to Steam Input including a new "Controller Connected" notification (which can be turned off), the ability to blacklist individual DirectInput and Xinput devices in the controller settings menu, improvements to in-home streaming, Vulkan pipeline dumping and collection if Shader Pre-Caching is enabled and more.

As I understand it, the Vulkan part above is so the shader cache for a Vulkan game can be uploaded to Steam and shared, so we would hopefully see less stuttering which would be a big improvement.

For Linux specifically, these issues were fixed and improved:

  • Fixed more instances of 0-byte downloads and missing Proton or data files for Steam Play titles
  • Added Steam Play configuration settings in Big Picture Mode
  • Fixed an issue where the mouse cursor would be invisible in the Steam Overlay when playing games through Steam Play
  • Fixed an issue where the Steam Client wouldn’t automatically update or download Proton before launching games through Steam Play
  • Fixed additional cursor and mouse grabbing issues with the overlay on Steam Play games.
  • Improve support for Steam Library on NTFS mounts

See the release notes here.

Nice to see a bunch of Steam Play fixes make it in, the experience is really coming along now which has enabled me to enjoy Deep Rock Galactic greatly.

What would you like to see improved next in the Steam Client?

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Eike 18 April 2019 at 12:58 pm UTC
QuoteWhat would you like to see improved next in the Steam Client?

Tagging, tagging and tagging.

I cannot possibly be the only one who want to use these multidimensionally, like
* played through / given up / unplayed / give a second chance
* gift / advertising gift
* genre
* co-op / couch co-op / solo / online competetive
* ...
emptythevoid 18 April 2019 at 1:03 pm UTC
This is great to hear. I personally experience(d) three of these issues.
BielFPs 18 April 2019 at 1:06 pm UTC
Eike
QuoteWhat would you like to see improved next in the Steam Client?

Tagging, tagging and tagging.

I cannot possibly be the only one who want to use these multidimensionally, like
* played through / given up / unplayed / give a second chance
* gift / advertising gift
* genre
* co-op / couch co-op / solo / online competetive
* ...

Separate games through personal categories would be great too, Like FPS, Native games, etc.
Comandante Ñoñardo 18 April 2019 at 1:07 pm UTC
So. You don't need to install Proton under "tools" section anymore?
WorMzy 18 April 2019 at 1:32 pm UTC
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I wonder if this update pushes out the updated steam web helper shared objects which break the webhelper on non-debian systems...

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/6156
https://steamcommunity.com/groups/SteamClientBeta/discussions/0/1848072002764995823/
https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/62095
Hori 18 April 2019 at 2:03 pm UTC
Eike
QuoteWhat would you like to see improved next in the Steam Client?

Tagging, tagging and tagging.

I cannot possibly be the only one who want to use these multidimensionally, like
* played through / given up / unplayed / give a second chance
* gift / advertising gift
* genre
* co-op / couch co-op / solo / online competetive
* ...
I always thought of the library categories to be more like tags than proper categories.
I use them for genres and some special ones like "Finished / Won't play / Not finished / Junk / Works well in Proton", as well as a per-OS (Linux,Windows,Mac even tho I don't use Mac anymore) for all games. And a master category that contains all of them, as I still want to use that quite often.

But the category management is best described as primitive, and is a hassle to maintain them up to date, IMO, when you have big libraries (900+ games in my case) - which is why I also have an additional category simply called "Uncategorised"
I mean cmon, at least for the genres, we could use the ones that are already available on each game's store page - why do I have to duplicate all that effort on my side ?

I'd like it a lot if they would add also filter categories. They have only whitelists right now - where you hand pick each title. Well, with a filter, you could set it to dynamically show e.g. all games that have controller support.
It should be straightforward to implement, considering that they already have something similar in BPM.


Last edited by Hori at 18 April 2019 at 2:06 pm UTC
g000h 18 April 2019 at 2:15 pm UTC
Something a little unusual happened for me, when I had the new Steam client update: It wanted to download a number of older Proton Installs, e.g. 3.16, 3.16 Beta, even though I am using Proton 4.2 (4.2-2) and that tool is installed and set to be my "specific Steam Play compatibility tool" for the various Windows titles that I have installed. I dealt with it by ensuring all my Windows games were tied to Proton 4.2, and manually uninstalling the earlier Proton tools. All seems fine following these manual steps.
scaine 18 April 2019 at 3:03 pm UTC
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QuoteWhat would you like to see improved next in the Steam Client?

I doubt it'll ever happen, but it would nice if Steam could be wrapped with proper window decorations. I use right-click on menu-bar to lower windows (send them to the back) and of course, since Steam uses it's own decorations, that doesn't work. Small issue, but annoying.

As for Steamplay, I'm holding out hope that they'll fix the EAC issues. That would be a bit of a game changer (ha!) for me, as I have a few titles that are basically borked as a result.
F.Ultra 18 April 2019 at 3:20 pm UTC
QuoteWhat would you like to see improved next in the Steam Client?

I would like to see some short game description in the Game Details view, as is now I have to go to the store page for some games that I bought ages ago in order to see what they actually are

Secondly I'm actually perplexed why Valve have not put some notification feature that tells you that Game X now have new DLC to purchase, one would assume that this would be in their interest.
Ehvis 18 April 2019 at 3:26 pm UTC
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Eike
QuoteWhat would you like to see improved next in the Steam Client?

Tagging, tagging and tagging.

I cannot possibly be the only one who want to use these multidimensionally, like
* played through / given up / unplayed / give a second chance
* gift / advertising gift
* genre
* co-op / couch co-op / solo / online competetive
* ...

Yes, but some of the tags I'd want for filtering (genres), others I'd want for hiding (finished, windows). Not entirely sure how you would make that into a nice gui.
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