Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Steam Client: Improvements for Linux and macOS, as well as the Vulkan API


Image: Valve

The latest update to the Steam game distribution platform client brings improvements for Linux and macOS, as well as the Vulkan graphics API. The July update also brings, among other things, extended support for new controllers and joysticks, as well as bug fixes for Steam Cloud and Remote Play.

Gamers on Linux and macOS benefit

With the July update, Valve has, on the one hand, subjected the Steam Client to product maintenance, which is particularly relevant for gamers with Linux and macOS, and on the other hand, has expanded support for controllers. Player input devices include the Nintendo Online Classic Controller, the Qanba Obsidian and Dragon Arcade joysticks, and the HORI Fighting Stick Mini 4.

The official release notes Please list among the general improvements, for example, bug fixes for the Vulkan 1.3 Free Graphics API, the Steamworks API, and the overlay.

  • Fixed use of chat and web browser resources in Steam Overlay when hidden
  • Fixed playing certain game preview videos in the Steam Client
  • Fixed a case where Steam client log file operations could briefly block calls to the Steamworks API, causing micro-crashes in some games in very specific situations.
  • Fixed Steam Overlay not working with Vulkan 1.3 apps.
  • Fixed crashes with Vulkan games using VK_EXT_graphics_pipeline_library
steam cloud
  • Fixed issue where some users were unable to disable Cloud Sync for their account.
  • Fixed app launch crash if there are sync conflicts but Cloud Sync is disabled for game or account
steam inlet
  • Added support for classic Nintendo Online controllers.
  • Added support for Qanba Obsidian and Dragon Arcade joysticks.
  • Added support for HORI Fighting Stick mini 4
  • Show Firmware Update Dialog for DualSense(tm) Wireless Controllers in Windows
  • Enable enhanced vibration emulation on DualSense(tm) wireless controllers with updated firmware
  • Fixed “Your other games” section in configurator desktop showing no results
  • Fixed incorrect loading of controller settings when starting a Remote Play stream
remote playback
  • Fix showing incorrect Steam Cloud sync failure for remote games
  • Fixed use of chat and browser resources when Steam client is minimized/closed
Mac OS
  • Fixed Steam overlay not showing in some Metal games
  • Fixed Steam Overlay “Force Quit” not working for some native Linux games
  • Fixed some games not being able to create desktop shortcuts
  • Fixed Steam client triggering “split lock” warnings

Fixed Vulkan game crashes

One of the biggest bug fixes in the new version of the Steam game client concerns the Vulkan library. VK_EXT_graphics_pipeline_librarywhich should no longer cause some games to crash.

Also, fixed a bug that could cause some games to fail to create a desktop shortcut during installation.

Resource usage by the chat and browser components has been optimized, especially in terms of efficiency when running in the background.

To manually update the Steam Client to the latest version, users must select “Check for Steam Client Updates” from the Steam menu.

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