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Proton 7.0-5 Gets More Games Running On Linux & The Steam Deck
Proton 7.0-5 Gets More Games Running On Linux & The Steam Deck

Valve has officially released Proton 7.0-5 as the newest version of their Wine downstream that powers Steam Play for enjoying countless Windows games on Linux, most notably now with the Steam Deck. Valve has also introduced "Proton Next" as their new testing grounds for future Proton updates.

23 November 2022 - Proton 7.0-5 - 15 Comments
Steam For Chromebooks Reaches Beta With Initial DX12 Games, AMD C-Series Support
Steam For Chromebooks Reaches Beta With Initial DX12 Games, AMD C-Series Support

Next week already marks ten years since Valve made public their Steam on Linux beta builds while today Google has advanced Steam on ChromeOS / Chromebooks to beta. Back in March Google formally announced Steam for Chrome OS and began with alpha support for select devices. Today that support has reached beta with new device support, new features, and other improvements.

3 November 2022 - Steam Chromebook Beta - 22 Comments
Steam Linux Use Tips Up In October Thanks To The Steam Deck
Steam Linux Use Tips Up In October Thanks To The Steam Deck

With the start of the new month comes updated Steam Survey numbers from Valve for the preceding month. Thanks to the continued growth of the Steam Deck and Valve continuing to ramp up their production, Steam on Linux enjoyed another tick up for October.

2 November 2022 - Steam On Linux Usage - 26 Comments
Proton 7.0-5 RC Gets More Windows Games Running On Linux
Proton 7.0-5 RC Gets More Windows Games Running On Linux

Valve is preparing to roll-out Proton 7.0-5 as the newest version of this Wine-derived software that powers Steam Play for enjoying Windows games on Linux. For facilitating some testing prior to the formal Proton 7.0-5, a release candidate was published today.

17 October 2022 - Proton 7.0-5 RC - 15 Comments
Steam On Linux Usage Receded Slightly In September
Steam On Linux Usage Receded Slightly In September

While the Steam on Linux marketshare has been consistently increasing this year since the launch of the Arch Linux powered Steam Deck, the September 2022 numbers are in and surprisingly there is a slight pull-back in Linux use.

1 October 2022 - Lower Steam Linux Marketshare - 33 Comments
Atomic Async Page Flips Proposed, Valve's Gamescope Compositor Has Support Pending
Atomic Async Page Flips Proposed, Valve's Gamescope Compositor Has Support Pending

Async page flipping via DRM_MODE_PAGE_FLIP_ASYNC has been available with the Direct Rendering Manager's legacy API but hasn't been supported by the atomic mode-setting interface. However, a proposed patch series would add that atomic async flip support and wire it up initially for the AMDGPU DRM driver. Meanwhile Valve's Gamescope compositor in user-space would be ready to make use of it.

25 August 2022 - Atomic Async Page Flipping - 9 Comments
Valve Expanding Steam Deck Availability To Asian Markets
Valve Expanding Steam Deck Availability To Asian Markets

In addition to continuing to ramp up their Steam Deck production to fulfill existing pre-order reservations this calendar year thanks to addressing supply chain bottlenecks, Valve announced today that in partnership with Komodo they are bringing this Linux-powered gaming console to Asian markets.

3 August 2022 - Steam Deck In Asian - 25 Comments
RADV Lands VK_EXT_shader_module_identifier, VKD3D-Proton Prepares Usage

Last week's Vulkan 1.3.219 release introduced the VK_EXT_shader_module_identifier that was worked on in part by Valve. This ability for software to query an identifier associated with a Vulkan shader module is seeing quick driver adoption and is preparing for use within VKD3D-Proton as an efficiency improvement.

6 July 2022 - VK_EXT_shader_module_identifier - Add A Comment
Proton 7.0-3 With More Games Running Well On Linux, Experimental Preps More Changes
Proton 7.0-3 With More Games Running Well On Linux, Experimental Preps More Changes

Valve today promoted Proton 7.0-3 to stable as the newest version of this software based on Wine and leveraging DXVK / VKD3D-Proton and other components for running Windows games with great success on Linux. Proton 7.0-3 is now available for Steam Play when firing up the Steam client while Valve also today issued a new Proton Experimental update.

14 June 2022 - Proton 7.0-3 - 2 Comments
Radeon RADV Driver Readied For Vulkan's Upcoming Mesh Shading Extension
Radeon RADV Driver Readied For Vulkan's Upcoming Mesh Shading Extension

As I've written about since last year the Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver "RADV" has been working on experimental mesh shader support and more recently in Mesa Git code around task shaders for RADV have been landing. Timur Kristóf who is contracted by Valve to work on the open-source Linux graphics stack has been working on the mesh/task shader support in preparation for an upcoming cross-vendor Vulkan extension around mesh shading.

22 May 2022 - Cross-Vendor Mesh Shading - 11 Comments
Steam On Linux For March Drops Down To 1.00%
Steam On Linux For March Drops Down To 1.00%

There hasn't been clear guidance from Valve whether Steam Deck units will participate in the Steam Survey (I haven't seen any survey myself there either) but it's looking like possibly not as the Steam on Linux marketshare dipped lower in March.

1 April 2022 - Steam For Linux - 97 Comments
NVIDIA Working On Support For Valve's Gamescope Wayland Compositor

Valve's Gamescope Wayland compositor is what was born out of their former Steamcompmgr effort but rewritten to target Wayland, interfacing directly with DRM/KMS APIs for enhanced efficiency, and making use of Vulkan. To date Gamescope has worked with the Intel and Radeon open-source Linux graphics driver stacks while the NVIDIA proprietary driver is seeing work in the direction of supporting it.

24 March 2022 - Gamescope + NVIDIA Vulkan - 13 Comments
Steam Will Now Flush Its Stale Shader Cache To Help Save Space
Steam Will Now Flush Its Stale Shader Cache To Help Save Space

As a particularly important move for Linux gamers and enthusiasts where you may be riding frequent Git builds of new Mesa graphics drivers or even the bi-weekly point releases - compared to the multi-week/monthly update regiment for Windows graphics drivers - Valve's Steam client will now flush its stale shader cache upon GPU/driver changes. This is important for conserving disk space especially where storage constraints are possible like with the Steam Deck.

5 February 2022 - Stop Wasting Space - 12 Comments
Valve's Steam Winter Sale Is Now Underway
Valve's Steam Winter Sale Is Now Underway

For those wanting to pickup some new games to enjoy around the holidays and/or expand your game collection ahead of the Steam Deck beginning to ship next quarter, Valve's Winter Sale is now underway.

22 December 2021 - 2021 Winter Sale - Add A Comment
It's Been 9 Years Since Valve Rolled Out The Steam Linux Beta
It's Been 9 Years Since Valve Rolled Out The Steam Linux Beta

Today marks nine years already since Valve began rolling out their Steam Linux beta client after a very exciting summer. While the initial Steam on Linux excitement phased out a bit after Steam Machines didn't materialize, as we approach a decade with Steam on Linux it's easily as exciting as ever thanks to Steam Play / Proton for allowing massive amounts of Windows games to run on Linux and the imminent release of the Steam Deck that has fueled renewed interest around Linux gaming.

6 November 2021 - Steam On Linux - 22 Comments

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