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How to enable Steam Play (Proton) directly in SteamOS
9 January 2019 at 3:31 pm UTC

pb, drmoth,

I am not sure why this happens. I also opted out once Feral told me that this is due to the beta branch, hoping that I would be kinda soon in the non-beta versions again. that was when proton came out, I really started using it very soon.
Perhaps opting in again would help, since you say that that it worked for you while in the beta. Will try

How to enable Steam Play (Proton) directly in SteamOS
9 January 2019 at 9:51 am UTC

well, that's how I am doing this since day 1

But there is an issue with step one (STEP ONE: Enable SteamOS Beta Updates) which has a side effect: I can not run Rise of the Tomb Raider any more after doing this, the game does not recognize a Vulcan-capable setup after doing this.

My hardware and software there is GTX 950 and 396.54 as given from the beta repos. The guys at Feral did not know about any solution either :/

To celebrate Half-Life turning 20, Black Mesa released a trailer for Xen
20 November 2018 at 10:50 am UTC

hmm indeed that does not look like Xen, it has (men-made?) structures - afaik the original Xen from HL1 is not built this way.

Steam Link hardware officially walks the plank, there's an app for that
20 November 2018 at 10:47 am UTC

Well, I have one - it runs on my 2nd TV which is quite big (42") but not smart and also not really new, so the steam link is the way to go for me. Bought it back in the days when it was around €50.

I just hope valve does have new surprises for us for this/next year, things which some devs are not allowed to talk about yet.

The app runs just fine, but personally I rarely use it, since I usually want to stream to a TV, not my phone/tablet.

IMHO this happened too soon.

Feral Interactive are asking you to send the game port suggestions again
13 November 2018 at 11:39 am UTC Likes: 1

hitman 2 of course, in my opinion it is a shame that it was not a day1 simultaneous release.
I guess the denuvo copy protection details prevented management from even considering a port until some time has passed.

GTA 5 is surely too much to ask ;D

Valve officially confirm a new version of 'Steam Play' which includes a modified version of Wine
22 August 2018 at 10:05 am UTC

Mal
mirooh well, I am really not that happy as most people.

from now on I'm really afraid that too many publishers will use this as an excuse not to provide native linux builds in case it runs "well enough" with proton/wine.

since this is now to be built-in, most people will not have to understand what wine even is, they will take the running binary for granted. hence what is to expect is less performance and continuous direct x instead of opengl or vulkan

this would totally be acceptable for older/legacy titles, but I really think too many will jump on that train that it runs with proton and that there is no need to compile it for linux.
we'll see.

I am torn.

The fundamentalist half of me tells me exactly what you wrote.

But the pragmatic half invites me to look at reality: for linux now it's not an issue of technology anymore. It's very possible to develop new titles to be portable an native. Why is not happening then? You all know why. Market share. That cold heartless numbers that will convince the board dudes that there actually people out there willing to buy your linux version. Infact Valve confirmed that wine will count as linux.

If we have to deal with the devil for these numbers so be it. What has linux world to lose anyway? We're stuck in a limbo. If it works good. If it backfires screw it. I'll change hobby to bird watching,

well I am not pessimistic about this, surely it will do lots and lots of good.
I am just afraid that too many people will blame "linux" for the less performance and more bugs, not understanding that this is not a native build, that there is dx->vulkan translation and .dll emulation aka at least one additional layer which makes things slower and more buggy.

for whom mentioned that even native binaries can be or are slower: do not forget that graphics card vendors heavily optimize their GPUs for directX - OpenGL was always secondary, I hope this will totally change with vulkan since it became more and more important for everyone, not just linux.

However, I think directX will be the main priority for a long time, there is too much market share and the GPU instruction sets needed for DX are already very well tested, where vulkan is too new and OpenGL with too little market share.

The good news in this good news is that it counts as a linux sale, that is quite something, but I'd like to know how/when exactly?

- what if a game is _not_ marked as proton-compatible, one nevertheless buys it and plays it with proton?
- or do games have to be marked as compatible + bought with steam running on linux?

the first case would mean that only those games that are greenlit for steam play do count as a linux sale and the others not.

liamdawe, could you clarify with valve?

Valve officially confirm a new version of 'Steam Play' which includes a modified version of Wine
21 August 2018 at 10:18 pm UTC Likes: 13

liamdawe, perhaps you'd like to ask around whether your sale counts as a windows-sale or linux-sale, that would be something interesting to let devs know about , not thinking "one more windows user of our game"

Valve officially confirm a new version of 'Steam Play' which includes a modified version of Wine
21 August 2018 at 10:06 pm UTC Likes: 34

oh well, I am really not that happy as most people.

from now on I'm really afraid that too many publishers will use this as an excuse not to provide native linux builds in case it runs "well enough" with proton/wine.

since this is now to be built-in, most people will not have to understand what wine even is, they will take the running binary for granted. hence what is to expect is less performance and continuous direct x instead of opengl or vulkan

this would totally be acceptable for older/legacy titles, but I really think too many will jump on that train that it runs with proton and that there is no need to compile it for linux.
we'll see.

Looks like SteamOS 3.0 is on the way codenamed Clockwerk
25 July 2018 at 2:04 am UTC

So where can I find the hardware requirements for Half Life 3?

Black Mesa, the fan-made re-imagining of Half-Life just had an update bringing Xen another step closer
1 May 2018 at 4:33 pm UTC Likes: 1

well I had zero crashes there when playing the first chapter. since then I've been waiting for the second (Xen). The game is surely worth the money and as far as I understand it, xen will not be 100% the same as it was in half life 1, but even longer and a little different, as the first chapter of the game.

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