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Minecraft set to be 30% faster on Linux with Mesa drivers
2 December 2021 at 7:30 pm UTC

It is probably worth noting that this is for the vanilla Minecraft shaders and may cause problems for others.

I'm using MultiMC so Mesa doesn't turn this feature on by default. If I add it for vanilla Mincraft that runs fine, I'm guessing better than normal but I've not checked. If I add it for the Fabulously Optimized modpack which includes the Iris mod and turn on an alternate shader it crashes immediately, though I think in that case there is multithreading anyway so there wouldn't be any benefit.

NVIDIA Beta 495.29.05 rolls out with GBM for expanded Wayland support
14 October 2021 at 10:34 pm UTC

Another factor: SteamOS 3 will be launched alongside the Steam Deck. This uses gamescope and so requires some driver features which Nvidia have either only added recently or don't support yet.

A new Valve game for the Steam Deck? It's not out of the realm of possibility
22 July 2021 at 11:29 am UTC Likes: 1

Dota 2 releases in 2019 and early this year had data for a project called citadel. Rumour is that it has asymmetric gameplay between players using VR and normal screens, and some claim that the non-VR play is optimised for gamepads. Gabe Newell has since been asked about it but says he doesn't know of any project with that name. If the rumours are true then it'd be a good fit for someone who has both a PC with a VR headset and a Steam Deck, and who invites a friend over.

Valve corrects the RAM specs for the Steam Deck, games should run nicely from SD Card
21 July 2021 at 10:46 am UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: EikeAll Steam Decks got an M.2 slot for short (M.2230) SSDs. In the smallest variant, it's empty. I cannot say how accessible it is, though.

The website you linked to says that, but the tech specs on says "All models use socketed 2230 m.2 modules" which suggests that the eMMC is on an M2 card too. It certainly makes more sense to manufacture a single main PCB and plug in the appropriate storage card rather than having to make two with just this one difference.

As for how accessible there has been a widely circulated screen shot of Plagman (presumably Valve's Pierre-Loup Griffais) saying:
Quotethe slot is behind emi and thermal shielding so its not really "user replaceable" like a regular m2 tray on a laptop

I look forward to the iFixit teardown.

Half-Life: Alyx now available on Linux with Vulkan
16 May 2020 at 3:34 am UTC Likes: 2

To explain the GPU recommendation ...

Valve's Dan Ginsberg tweeted:
QuoteI'm really pleased with how the Linux version runs on AMD RADV where we have async reprojection in SteamVR via a high priority compute queue. We look forward to getting that on NVIDIA but are awaiting driver support, so for now we recommend mesa/AMD.
I'm guessing that refers to VK_EXT_global_priority. Valve were involved with adding that to the Vulkan spec, RADV, and AMDGPU back in 2017.

Valve drops support for SteamVR on macOS to focus on Linux & Windows
1 May 2020 at 11:56 pm UTC

I wonder if this is somehow related to the HP/Valve/Microsoft headset that has been teased. That partnership had me a bit concerned so I'm glad about this announcement.

Valve may be working on a new version of the Steam Controller
4 July 2019 at 11:49 pm UTC Likes: 4

Quoting: xaviWhy are you all so excited on Steam Controller when there are controllers like this? :

One of the best features of the Steam Controller is being able to use the trackpad to quickly aim in the general area then make fine adjustments using the gyro. It is usually configured to prevent unwanted gyro movements by only accepting gyro input while the thumb is touching the right trackpad.

My understanding is the SCUF controller lacks both touch sensing and a gyro. The SCUF having extra buttons underneath and different paint options doesn't come anywhere close to the usefulness of gyro-assisted aiming.

With the Valve Index about to launch and be delivered, Valve held a little private launch party with speeches
28 June 2019 at 10:05 am UTC Likes: 1

QuoteArtifact is the reason we're able to do Underlords
When we found out that Underlords on smartphones was using Source 2 rather than some other engine I thought that there wouldn't have been enough time for that port unless they'd started working on it for Artifact.

A look at what's on sale ahead of the weekend once again, come find your next game
24 May 2019 at 8:47 pm UTC Likes: 2

The Steam Spring Cleaning event has started and goes for the next few days. Several games are free to try during this period, there is a badge for playing games you already own, etc.