Steam Client Beta update has a huge release, giving Linux gamers significant changes. Valve releases the biggest Steam client beta update of the year so far.
Since I normally don’t post news about the Steam Client Beta. This latest update comes with some powerful improvements for Linux. The biggest annoyance in this list for me, the 0-byte downloads.
However, the Steam Linux build also has a number of other download fixes. This includes the system tray including too menu entries, plus GnuTLS 3 has an improvement for the Steam Runtime. Since this addresses network issues and a few other Linux problems.
Steam Client Beta update changes for Linux:
- Fixed 0-byte downloads queuing up on startup for all Steam Play titles
- Fix for incorrect mouse wheel scrolling offsets
- Fixing an issue where some games wouldn’t be properly detected as still running despite some of their processes still lingering in the background
- Plus a fix for system tray including menu sometimes including too many recent game entries
- A fix for settings dialog incorrectly always prompting for a client restart
- Addition of gnutls 3 to the Steam Runtime, fixing network connectivity issues in many Steam Play titles
- The fix for an issue with host libssl on newer distributions breaking some titles
- Fixed a bug that could result in being unable to create shortcuts for certain games. To unblock previously affected titles, delete all *.ico and *.zip files from ~/.steam/root/steam/games and “Verify Game Files” to re-download the icons with the right format
- Fixed a crash with in-game purchases in Big Picture
These is all of the Linux specific changes. You will also see an improvement for IPv6 support. Since this will help to connect with download servers. Plus collecting source pipelines from Vulkan games as part of the Vulkan shader pre-caching. Plus the AMD Windows Vulkan driver now has support too.
As for the Steam Input side, we see support for the PDP Wired Flight Pad Pro and the PDP Faceoff Wired Pro Controller. While the Steam on-screen keyboard can be used on other displays (not just the primary monitor).
To keep up with changes make sure to Join the Steam Client Beta group in the SteamCommunity.com.