Steam client beta high-DPI display support

steam client beta high dpi display support for linux mac windows games

Steam client beta high-DPI display support now supports up to 4k resolutions on Linux, Mac and Windows. So now that Valve has fine beta. The Steam client now has addition of support for high-DPI monitor support.

The Linux, Mac and Windows versions of the new Steam client should also use less CPU. Since this was no the case when drawing the main window. Which now makes better use of stored assets when installing games.

Steam client beta DPI changes for Linux:

  • Added a 2X-scaling mode with high-res text and graphics when running the Steam client in desktop mode on 4k-resolution monitors. You can also force 2X scaling with the “GDK_SCALE=2” environment variable, or disable it with “GDK_SCALE=1”.
  • Improved window-resizing interactions with the window manager
  • Fixed an issue where the Steam client could prevent some desktop sessions from shutting down

Also, the Linux version gets better interaction with the window manager. So doing things like resizing the Steam client window. The high-DPI mode that seems a bit less refined than that of the Windows version.
What’s interesting, the Mac client also has its own set of improvements. So if anyone is trying to play Steam games on a Mac. They will find that the client has better integration. Due to being able to turn off or restart the host system in Big Picture mode. While the Steam Input and Streaming Audio drivers should prove more stable.

Also, all platforms get fixes for endless Steam Workshop downloads. As well as overlay-related crashes in some Vulkan titles. Since Steam Input gains an “Exit application” controller action. And improved Steam Controller pairing, too.

So to opt into the Beta. Just go to Steam, Settings, Account and then Change the Beta participation setting. The more cautious can read the release notes while waiting patiently for the changes to trickle into the mainline client.

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