ChimeraOS 35 Adds GNOME Desktop, Fixes for Aya Neo Air/OneXPlayer Mini, and System Update Notifications on the Steam Deck UI
ChimeraOS 35 marks a pretty big release for the SteamOS-like distro. The biggest feature is probably the addition of a desktop environment. Previously, you were stuck in Big Picture Mode, the Steam Deck UI, or the CLI. Now, similar to SteamOS, you can use your living room console or Deck for work or other production purposes, thanks to the addition of a desktop. Unlike SteamOS 3, however, ChimeraOS makes use of GNOME.
Today’s Proton Experimental update mostly focuses on adding a few bug fixes for specific titles, but also enables NVAPI for several others. For bug fixes, this is what’s changed: BeamNG.drive should no longer have black textures videos should no longer be upside down in VRChat and “many other games” CoD: Black Ops II Zombies/Multiplayer should no longer hang on exit Bail or Jail demo shouldn’t crash when opening the ToS In addition, NVAPI has been enabled for the following games:
About a week-and-a-half ago, Valve opened up Steam Deck repair centers. My close acquaintence, Matthew Anderson (ChimeraOS contributor, based in the US), made good use out of them when the fan in his Deck was making loud grinding sounds. I’m documenting this in case you’re curious how long it takes to get your Deck back or what exactly happens after it’s been sent out, should you decide to send it for repair.
The Thelio product family from System76 is a series of desktops “that’s powerful, compact, quiet, beautiful, upgradable, backed by liftime support, and manufactured in the United States.” First launched in December of 2018, the Thelio has received several revisions based on customer feedback. It’s now gone through another revision in the visual department, starting today. The wood veneer on the front of the chassis has been replaced with a “slimmer, sleeker accent panel.
Rare, the Linux frontend for the Epic Games Store, has now reached a stable 1.9.0 release following a few release candidates. Codenamed “Magnolia Catnip,” this update contains over 50 pull requests and as a result packs quite a few new features, UI enhancements, and bug fixes. Here’s just a few of the changes: games are now run as a second process; this will keep them running should Rare close desktop shortcuts are now a thing kinetic scrolling for touch devices (Steam Deck, anyone?
Steam Deck Pierre-Loup Griffais has posted some pictures of prototype Decks GOL did a short overview of the DeckMate accessory new Deck client beta adds improvements pertaining to screenshot management, as well as a virtual menu overhaul Hideo Kojima has been seen using a Deck at TGS Boiling Steam has a video recap of this year’s TGS, most of which pertains to the Deck Native Games Project Heartbeat 0.16 adds new song, audio improvements, and Project DIVA Mega Mix+ loader Left 4 Dead 2 is still getting updates a decade later (presumably because of improving the experience on Deck) Valheim gets crossplay support Golf With Your Friends is free-to-play this weekend, plus a new update adds a sports-themed DLC cosmetic pack 25 new Steam games this week Hardware the Oryx Pro by System76 is a excellent gaming laptop; just know that the screen is 1080p Software Updates GE-Proton 7-33 pulls in the latest Wine fixes for GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2, and BioShock Collection Godot 4 beta adds a crapton of features, improvements, and bug fixes Yuzu adds LDN support (local wireless multiplayer) Other I reviewed Destroy All Humans!
Project Heartbeat Gets Big Update, Adds New Song, Audio Improvements, and Project DIVA Mega Mix+ Loader
Good stuff just keeps on coming to the anime rhythm game. Update 0.16 gets plenty of features and bug fixes, ranging from an updated audio engine to support of the songs from Project DIVA Mega Mix+. Here’s the list of updates: new song: Confession, by Takanashi Koubou updated audio engine, which “achieves higher levels of memory safety and performance while using less memory” (should produce a 10% improvement in memory consumption and faster loading times, maybe this will increase the Deck’s battery life as well?
The Oryx Pro is a laptop from System76 that features an Alder Lake processor and a powerful RTX 30-series GPU. Per my conversation with Adam Balla, media relations manager at System76, all of System76’s laptops are named after African fauna. In this particular case, the Oryx Pro is named after the antelope, which, according to the African Wildlife Foundation, “are a true desert animal, with a thick, horse-like neck; a short mane; and a compact, muscular body.
Man. This has been a long release in the making. But it’s finally here: Godot 4. After several alpha releases, it’s now hit beta. While it may be in beta, it has entered a feature-freeze state, meaning that once Godot 4 has become stable, it’s still going to be the same thing that you’ve got now, only that the bugs have been ironed out. For those not aware, Godot is a great FOSS alternative to engines like Unity and Unreal Engine.
The 2022 Steam Tokyo Game Show is now live until September 18th. Some pretty decent titles are on sale, ranging from Halo Infinite to Final Fantasy VII Remake. Here you can sort the sale by publisher: CD Projekt Red Capcom Konami Xbox Game Studios Spike Chunsoft Square Enix 505 Games Koei Tecmo PlayStation And here’s some recommendations: Final Fantasy VII Remake Integrade – 29% off, Deck Verified Street Fighter V - Champion Edition – 52% off, works great on Deck even though it’s “Unsupported” Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy – 50% off, Deck Playable Ultimate Marvel Vs.