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Steam client gets Vulkan runtime, Controller and Linux changes

steam client gets vulkan runtime controller and linux changes

So it is not surprising to point out that the Steam client has more notable improvements. While things like closing to tray, adding idle auto Away/Snooze and Vulkan runtime support are most notable. There are significant added #features and support for the #Steam #Controller as well.

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Things like close-to-tray is a big issue. For whatever reason, it’s somewhat annoying to use the MATE desktop and only be able minimize the client. Hence a quirky thing that annoys me, but now we have a fix it. And it works really well.
While that Vulkan runtime support brings an added bonus. Making the client that much more flexible on Linux.

So you might want to check out these new features for yourself. Believe me, it’s worth it.
Open Steam, select Settings, Account, change Beta Participation and opt into the Steam Beta Update. Hence most everyone knows this, we feel the need to over explain.

Steam client update and Linux changes:

  • Improved interactions between the Steam runtime and host distribution libraries, which should let Steam work out of the box with open-source graphics drivers on modern distributions. If using an older distribution or running into problems, use STEAM_RUNTIME_PREFER_HOST_LIBRARIES=0 to revert to previous behavior.
  • Unify close-to-tray behavior with other platforms. If using a distribution that doesn’t have proper compatible tray support, use STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=0
  • Added idle detection, friend status will now automatically switch to Away/Snooze
  • Fixed Steam for Linux not obeying SIGTERM, Steam will now gracefully exit when logging out of a session
  • Fixed keyboard input and cursor switching in overlay for Vulkan applications
  • Update Vulkan loader in the Steam runtime to enable Xlib support
  • Updated libxcb in the runtime with a fix for DRI3-related crashes on open-source graphics drivers

Steam Controller

  • Added XBox 360, Xbox One, and Generic X-Input controller configurator support. This allows all recognized types to use the advanced mapping features of the Configurator. Note that because X-Input currently lacks per-controller means of unique identification, all controllers of that type will share personalization and configuration settings. As they share the same inputs, Xbox 360/One/Generic controllers will all see each-others configurations when browsing. Automatic conversion will be take place when loading configurations from other types.
  • Non-recognizable Generic X-Input gamepad style controllers will be available via the Steam Controller Configurator. Once their buttons are assigned to match a generic gamepad layout.
  • Recommended configurations specified for a game by the developer will now attempt to assign based on Controller Type.
  • Added option to disable Guide Button issuing a Steam focus change. This is available through the Big Picture controller options menu. This allows better interoperability with other applications which use the Guide Button, such as PSNow.
  • Added Single Button simple button mode for trackpads. This allows a trackpad to be treated as a single giant button.
  • Fix for free-floating On Screen Keyboard running very slowly if a game was open but did not have focus or was running windowed.
  • Added independent horizontal/vertical scaling to joystick move and joystick mouse.
  • Joystick Move mode no longer shows mouse sensitivity option unless mouse output is selected.
  • Added additional support for third party PS4 controllers, including some HORI, MadCatz, and Armor pads and fight sticks.
  • Fixed a bug with PS4 triggers where they were being scaled incorrectly, leading to maxing out of the value too soon.
  • Added ability to change x-input controller order from the Controller Options menu – so in multi-controller setups of x-input games, the mapping of phyiscal controller to x-input index can be swapped around. Note that this currently only applies to controllers that have opted into Steam Controller Configurator support.
  • Fixed Configurator Switch Controller interface not showing controller icons.
  • Re-enabled Gamepad outputs for desktop configurations for users of third party programs which hook into applications via the desktop configuration.

So for the full details on Steam Client Beta Update, check out it out here.


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