Steam Beta Brings New Downloads Page, Linux Container Updates

Written by Michael Larabel in Valve on 29 July 2021 at 06:39 PM EDT. 26 Comments
Valve just pushed out a rather significant Steam beta update for gamers across Windows, macOS, and Linux.

This Steam beta update is a bit meatier than normal with a new downloads page implementation, several Linux-specific updates, continued work on SteamVR and Steam Input, along with more.

Among the changes include:

- A new downloads page within the Steam client. This new downloads page is more minimal and focused with a variety of UI/UX improvements over the old design.

- Various Steam Library updates.

- Steam Input is seeing lower CPU usage especially for Steam Input API games. Steam Input also now supports PowerA Xbox Series X controllers.

- Linux container runtime updates for both Scout and Soldier.

- Library pinning on Linux is now significantly faster at start-up.

- Steam has restored compatibility with the NixOS distribution.

- The /usr/share/nvidia directory is now exposed to containers when using the NVIDIA proprietary driver so application/game-specific profiles can be applied.

- Steam on Linux now silences most library preload (LD_PRELOAD) warnings.

- SteamVR now detects the HTC Vive Pro 2 and has a driver install prompt.

Lots of changes with this Steam beta update today. Hopefully more good stuff in the months ahead for the Steam Linux built in the lead-up to the Steam Deck shipping around EOY.

The full list of changes for today's Steam beta update can be found at
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