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Humble Choice for February has Scorn, Life is Strange: True Colors, Destroy All Humans 2
6 February 2024 at 11:56 pm UTC

Enjoy Scorn! Though I had to wait for years, I'm glad I backed this great experience. It's really something unique.

The top Steam Deck games for January 2024 have been revealed - Palworld hits 2nd place
4 February 2024 at 2:40 pm UTC Likes: 1

What have you been playing mostly over the last month?
On Deck:
  • Fall Guys
  • Dave the Diver
  • Immortals: Fenyx Rising

On Desktop:
  • GTFO

In VR
  • Beat Saber (legacy version in the beta branch)
  • Synth Riders
  • Pistol Whip (downgraded via console)
  • Until You Fall (doesn't work with Proton experimental, but with 8.0-5)
  • Wanderer (needs a bit of trickery to continue)
  • Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot

Time to blow the dust off your VR headset - Metro Awakening is coming
2 February 2024 at 11:50 am UTC Likes: 4

Quoting: fabertaweThanks. But that begs the question - when can't you play seated? Do you have an example?
I guess "can't play seated" refers to if it's enjoyable.

There are games meant to be played seated, mostly simulation kind of games, where you are also seated in some form, e.g. in a cockpit. Games like No Man's Sky, Elite: Dangerous, Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Wolfenstein Cyberpilot but also Euro Truck Simulator 2.

Then there games that are meant for a standing pose but not necessarily room scale. To name a few: After The Fall, Half Life: Alyx, Skyrim VR. These games benefit from being able to do a sidestep, but would work seated as well.

Games going into the direction of a physical workout are meant to be played room scale, as you are also using your legs (mostly arms though) to reach notes to hit in the game. To name a few: Beat Saber, Synth Riders, Pistol Whip, Groove Gunner, Audica. I guess these do also technically work seated, but would have some limitations. I guess you'd not be able to play all songs/maps if you cannot move quickly into a certain direction.

All in all, technically you can play all those VR games seated, but those meant for room scale would just be less enjoyable as some aspects of the game would require more movemnt.

Death Stranding 2: On The Beach has a new trailer but no indication of a PC release yet
2 February 2024 at 6:36 am UTC

QuoteAre you as excited as I am for Death Stranding 2: On The Beach?
YES!

And yes, we'll have to wait. But we survived waiting for the PC port of the first game, which I enjoyed for more than a hundret hours.

Seems like there are two kinds of players mostly, either you can't stand this game, or you love it. I'm lucky to belong to the 2nd kind. I got immersed into this world like bearly into any other. I'm thrilled to see how this sequel continues telling the story.

Time to blow the dust off your VR headset - Metro Awakening is coming
1 February 2024 at 3:30 pm UTC Likes: 4

Hopefully it works with Proton!

QuoteIf you use VR on Linux, what are your top issues you want to see solved this year?
  • Update for proper OpenXR support. Beat Saber, Pistol Whip, etc. don't work since their OpenXR updates
  • Performance. Async Reprojection is broken for nVidia users
  • Feature parity with the Windows Steam VR version, e.g. being able to pin any desktop Window in the VR space. Unfortunately XRDesktop seems abandoned.

And then of course more games designed for VR! I hope Horizon Call of the Mountain comes to PCVR at some point.
Wanderer seems a really good game too, except that game breaking bug, because an ingame video doesn't play and you cannot progress. Otherwise visuals, performance and game are really good. Maybe the remaster version uses a different video player that works with Proton.

AYANEO NEXT LITE no longer ships with SteamOS-like HoloISO Linux - Windows 11 instead
25 January 2024 at 11:34 am UTC Likes: 10

OOf... I guess the (social) media attraction the announcement of not shipping with Windows got, also attracted Microsoft. And they've spend some $ so they ship with Windows instead. They could have shipped it with HoloISO and offer Windows drivers like Valve does with the Deck. As they do it now the other way round, I guess some money got involved.

Unified Linux Wine Game Launcher aims to improve Windows games on Linux / Steam Deck
23 January 2024 at 9:09 am UTC

Being able to use protonfixes e.g. via Heroic would be really helpful. But there should probably be an option/detection with launcher is used, as e.g. Fall Guys on Steam doesn't need any protonfixes anymore, but via Heroic you still have to apply some steps (e.g. running the EOS installer manually).

NVIDIA 535.154.05 for Linux brings a few bug fixes
18 January 2024 at 11:38 am UTC

535 had quite some weird issues. I've upgraded to 545 already, there these issues seem not to happen.
Good to see they fix the current stable branch.

THE FINALS now appears to work on Steam Deck and Desktop Linux
15 January 2024 at 3:12 pm UTC Likes: 1

Too bad when publisher don't give an update on EAC support after enabling it explicitly. Are they afraid of too many Linux gamers hopping onto their game and actually play it?
Fall Guys works for a while now, the Steam version doesn't even need any adjustments anymore. Insurgency: Sandstorm works with EOS (the online variant without a local EAC dll), also no official statement. Predator: Hunting Ground works. Often only with Proton Experimental, but these games work. There had been some occurances where EAC/EOS was in "data collection mode" or so, where it seemed to work, but stopped working after a while without updates. The games mentioned are working for months now though, so I guess they must have been enabled for Wine/Deck/Proton by the publisher.

Maybe they want to have the option to disable it again, without people being able to complain, as they never officially enabled it.

Marvel's Midnight Suns and Two Point Campus headline Humble Choice for January 2024
15 January 2024 at 1:06 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Expalphalog*except for using "Glorious Eggroll" - I still have absolutely no idea what that is, how to get it, or how to use it.
Glorious Eggroll is a maintainer of a custom proton fork, he is using Valve's Proton and applies updates, patches and fixes. It can be installed additionally to Valve's Proton and then be selected manually when clicking on Properties, Compatibility and then check "Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatiblity tool".
An easy way to install Proton-GE (GE for the initials, since Proton 8 it's called GE-Proton even) is to use a program called ProtonUp-QT.

There are many videos on youtube how to get this done, here's the one from Liam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6doaQNnHR60

Imho Proton Experimental is the best choice in general, as it's officially supported by Valve and reported issues should be based on their versions. GE-Proton is suited best, when specific fixes are needed, e.g. video playback with the media foundation codecs. Valve cannot include these codecs and transcoding the videos takes time.