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Steam Beta Brings Linux Improvements Ahead of Steam Deck

The Steam update bar
(Image credit: Valve Software)

There was much excitement for Linux gamers with today’s release of a new Steam beta that brought several Linux-specific updates among a range of cross-platform improvements, most hopefully aimed at optimizing the gaming client before the launch of the Steam Deck.

The Steam Storage Manager

(Image credit: Valve Software)

The Linux changes are under the hood, improving library processes and enabling Nvidia drivers for app-specific profiles. There are also improvements to Steam Input’s CPU usage, and compatibility with NixOS is back. The full patch notes can be found here. These small changes are the start of what will be a number of Linux improvements that will shape the Arch based Steam OS that will power the Steam Deck.

The most visible change in this beta is to the Downloads screen, where we now get a little bit of game artwork to accompany the graph that represents the downloading data, and a bar that fills to represent how close the download is to completion. Disk usage is also clearly shown, providing useful information for those times the download appears to have stalled, but the game is still being actively patched. Multiple downloads in a queue can now be dragged and dropped to reorder, replacing the clunky functionality of the ‘to the top’ button. We also get a clear-all button for completed downloads.

Elsewhere, in the Library there’s now a Storage Manager, accessible from Settings, that allows you to order your games by size, move them between drives, and uninstall directly to free-up space - useful if you’re reliant on small SSDs and Micro SD cards, we’d imagine.

  • jkflipflop98
    I'm sure both Linux gamers will be overjoyed with this news!
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  • ezst036
    Valve has made gaming on Linux so amazing, I am thankful they have continued their commitment.
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  • Awev
    Yes @jkflipflop98 all two of us are overjoyed.

    This really is good news. While games that are native to Linux run better and faster than the windoze versions not all game publishers are smart enough to release the high-powered Linux version, and so we have to bring them over in another manner. So yes, this is good news.
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  • jkflipflop98
    Cool, you both showed up.

    And you brought the obligatory "windoze" with you. How quaint.
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  • Mandark
    I highly doubt the games run better run Linux sounds like a big load of crap Ola
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