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Recently, Valve released another fresh Steam Beta and it does include some handy Linux fixes but it seems they have some more exciting changes upcoming.

Firstly, the Steam Beta that released today. For the Steam Library you can now copy text from news popups, a fix for a client crash is offline mode, Steam Chat should work better under heavy load and Steam Input also had some enhancements. Valve added support for the Thrustmaster ESwap Pro, Giotek VX4 PS4 and the PDP Afterglow Wireless Switch Controller (although Bluetooth only).

On the Linux side, an issue came up recently with the Steam Play whitelist. If a game added Linux support (like Into the Breach), it showed a flaw in the client where it wouldn't give you the correct files—Valve say it's now fixed. The also updated the Linux steam runtime, improve the diagnostic tool and the Container Runtime (info on what that is) has better "support for newer glibc versions and Arch glibc configuration".

Now onto some speculation and juicy bits of info. While Valve has been battling with source leaks for CS:GO and TF2, it's also been spotted that a Steam Rewards and Steam Subscription service may be coming soon. SteamDB run a tracker on GitHub, that lists changes and additions to the Steam Client including text strings used in the client itself.

Recently, some interesting bits popped up like this about a subscription:

Obviously we don't know much right now, and appearing in the Steam Client in some way doesn't mean it will happen or any time soon. Steam already has support for certain types of subscriptions, so it could be an expansion of that to allow something bigger like entire publish subscriptions. More exciting though, would of course be some sort of Steam+ subscription.

When looking further Steam Rewards pops up too like this:

And this too:

Some kind of points system appears to be in the works for Steam. A system that makes sense, one that many other stores use to give you credit towards more games.

The subscription additions could even be more work towards whatever Steam Cloud Gaming (more on that - #1, #2) turns out to be. Giving some evidence towards that, both Portal and Portal 2 recently had "Cloud Gaming" and "Cloud Gaming (NVIDIA)" tags added. Hopefully Steam will have their own system and not just go with partners, like NVIDIA, since their cloud gaming solution doesn't support Linux.

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Linas 23 Apr, 2020
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Valve and EA have been talking about a subscription service of some sort. Maybe it's that?

I am really curious of what kind of model are they going for? There are almost endless possible variations, and is certain to annoy at least a part of their customers. I for example would really hate if they started locking individual games behind subscriptions.
slaapliedje 23 Apr, 2020
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Sweet, I will have to see how the eSwap Pro support is working.
Comandante Ñoñardo 23 Apr, 2020
I hope Valve implement a subscription system like Origin Access Premium...
It will be awesome to be able to play games from the Steam catalogue without the need of buying them.

I have a subscription to Origin Access Premium and Xbox Gamepass, so I would like to see a similar feature on Steam.
x_wing 23 Apr, 2020
Steam has the market but not the infrastructure. Google has the infrastructure but not the market. Microsoft and Sony already have both but resists to offer it to their premium users. War is coming...
Mountain Man 23 Apr, 2020
Just as long as Steam itself doesn't suddenly become a subscription service...
slaapliedje 24 Apr, 2020
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Quoting: slaapliedjeSweet, I will have to see how the eSwap Pro support is working.
Huh, still detects it as a PS4 controller, and on Windows makes things... well kind of like the Steam Controller without Steam loaded, turns it into some weird mouse / keyboard thing that is all wonky.
I guess the discount rewards are related to the next big Steam Sale.
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