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Steam for Linux : Introducing a new version of Steam Play. If you run Linux, can you please test it out?

Hi,

If you are a Linux User or you have simply had enough of Windows 10, there has been an announcement from Steam today which should be of interest to you.

Steam for Linux :: Introducing a new version of Steam Play

Here are some key points:

"Today we are releasing the Beta of a new and improved version of Steam Play to all Linux users! It includes a modified distribution of Wine, called Proton, to provide compatibility with Windows game titles. Here are some of the improvements it brings to the table:

  • Windows games with no Linux version currently available can now be installed and run directly from the Linux Steam client, complete with native Steamworks and OpenVR support.
  • DirectX 11 and 12 implementations are now based on Vulkan, resulting in improved game compatibility and reduced performance impact.
  • Fullscreen support has been improved: fullscreen games will be seamlessly stretched to the desired display without interfering with the native monitor resolution or requiring the use of a virtual desktop.
  • Improved game controller support: games will automatically recognize all controllers supported by Steam. Expect more out-of-the-box controller compatibility than even the original version of the game.
  • Performance for multi-threaded games has been greatly improved compared to vanilla Wine."

"This goes hand-in-hand with an ongoing testing effort of the entire Steam catalog, in order to identify games that currently work great in this compatibility environment, and find and address issues for the ones that don't. The initial set of supported games that we are enabling with this initial Beta release is as follows:

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Video 3. Doom Vulkan running on Windows 10 Pro 18.03 for comparison:
Doom Vulkan 1080p Ultra/Nightmare Windows 10 18.04 Pro Adrenalin 18.8.1 - YouTube 

I just completed testing on one of my Steam Libraries that contains a range of games which use various technologies such a Nvidia GPUI and CPU based PhysX, Pre-DX11 games, DX11/Crossfire. DX12/MultiGPU. Vulkan.

I was working with help from people on a friendly Linux forum.

I was asked to proceed with testing using Fedora 28 with default Mesa and latest available Mesa Drivers from a copr repo.

I will report the details of the testing here, so both AMD and Steam Play Beta can see the results in one place.

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The following game does not work yet with Stem Play Beta but I think that AMD should try to work with Crytek to help get it running on Linux please:

Hunt Showdown:

First look at Hunt Showdown for feedback to Steam Play Beta Testing. - YouTube

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The following game does not work yet with Stem Play Beta but I think that AMD should try to work with Crytek to help get it running on Linux please:

Warhammer Vermintide II:

Warhammer: Vermintide II 1080p Extreme 120' FOV DX12 for feedback to Steam Play Beta Testing. - YouT...

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I just want to point out that there seems to be much interest in Steam Play Beta, and the above videos.
Hey I even managed to get a sale of an RX580 8GB for AMD from someone on Twitter based on the above videos.

"Your success with the AMD drivers encouraged me to buy an AMD card for my steam machine.

Sapphire PULSE Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5 PCI-E Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP OC w/ Backplate (UEFI), 100...   

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I was asked by someone on Steam to report results here:

https://spcr.netlify.com/ 8

To fill in one of these for each game tested:

   docs.google.com 8

  

Steam Play Compatibility Sheet

For adding new games to the Steam Play Compatibility List | V3

  

You can see game reports here:

https://spcr.netlify.com/raw-reports 4

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Steam Play Beta Testing Report Summary.

I will add the testing report summary here as soon as possible.

This entry is a placeholder for now.

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For comparison I post some example videos below showing games in the above testing library which already had a Linux version available, and did not need Steam Play Beta to run:

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