Heroic Games Launcher Gets Massive 2.5.0 Update, Adds Download Manager, Sideloading of Games, HowLongToBeat, Custom Themes, and Plenty More!

Heroic Games Launcher Gets Massive 2.5.0 Update, Adds Download Manager, Sideloading of Games, HowLongToBeat, Custom Themes, and Plenty More!
Huge congrats to the Heroic team for this, well, heroic release! There’s just so many cool new features, improvements, and bug fixes with the 2.5.0 update, codenamed “Yamato.” The stable update just came out a few hours ago and contains over three months' worth of changes. Here are the highlights: download manager – works similarly to Steam’s download manager; introduced with the first beta sideload games and apps, even if they aren’t in your Epic/GOG library HowLongToBeat – introduced with beta 3 custom themes with CSS, along with two new themes the ability to add Steam games automatically improved game detection from external drives revamped Settings and login UI improved UI performance, better gamepad navigation updates to Legendary and Electron tons of other fixes and improvements See the full patch notes on GitHub
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Steam Deck Client Beta Fixes Lock Screen PIN Reset Process, Fixes Gift Crash

Steam Deck Client Beta Fixes Lock Screen PIN Reset Process, Fixes Gift Crash
Yesterday’s Steam Deck client beta update is all about bug fixes. Fixes for the lock screen PIN, the “show password” toggle, the Switch Pro controller vibration over USB, and more: General: Fixed size of content in Update news dialog when running with Windows text scaling >100% Fixed lock screen PIN reset process to not show PIN entry screen upon Steam Deck restart Fixed crash when touching gift or new inventory item notification Fixed “show password” toggle to show/hide the password.
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NVIDIA Driver 525.60.11 Adds a Fix for GNOME, Supports Dynamic Boost on AMD Laptops

NVIDIA Driver 525.60.11 Adds a Fix for GNOME, Supports Dynamic Boost on AMD Laptops
New driver update for NVIDIA GPUs went out today. Included in this update are the support of Dynamic Boost for notebooks with AMD CPUs, improved performance of PRIME render-offloaded apps, the removal of stutter when moving windows in GNOME, a fix for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, and tons of other changes. Features include: Added support for Dynamic Boost on notebooks with AMD CPUs. Added support for the EGL_MESA_platform_surfaceless extension. Implemented support for over-the-air updates in the Proton and Wine NVIDIANGX build.
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Wine 7.22 Adds OpenLDAP Support, Fixes Saints Row (2022)

Wine 7.22 Adds OpenLDAP Support, Fixes Saints Row (2022)
Wine 7.22 is now available. Features are as follows: 32-on-64 thunks for both Vulkan and OpenGL OpenLDAP library bundled and built as PE support for the RAW print processor in WinPrint more progress on the long types printf format conversion In addition, 38 bugs were fixed. Both Saints Row (2022) and Gothic II: Night of the Raven should now run. See the full patch notes on WineHQ. Cover image credit: Volition/Deep Silver
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Cemu 2.0-18 Adds AppImage Fixes, Delete Shader Cache Button

Cemu 2.0-18 Adds AppImage Fixes, Delete Shader Cache Button
Cemu 2.0-18 came out yesterday. Notable features with this update include the option to delete shader cache from the context menu, simplified Vulkan “swapchain code,” the dropdown combobox on the Linux version should now work, and fixed resource path for the AppImage. Some other smaller bug fixes landed as well. Image credit: qurious-pixel See the commit history from November 21st onwards for more details. Download the pre-compiled build from GitHub.
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Heroic Games Launcher 2.5.0 Beta 3 Adds HowLongToBeat, Improves UI Navigation with Gamepads

Heroic Games Launcher 2.5.0 Beta 3 Adds HowLongToBeat, Improves UI Navigation with Gamepads
Pretty exciting update for Heroic Games Launcher. When seeing the details for a game, you’ll see how many hours it takes to beat the game, so long as the data for that particular game is available. Awesome feature to see. Plenty of other features have been added to beta 3 of version 2.5.0: UI and performance improvements “more seamless” UI navigation with gamepad, controls more akin to the Deck UI similar behavior is exerted as the Deck when a MicroSD card has been removed or installed, for increased seamlessness for detecting externally installed games improved cloud sync detection Legendary (the backend that powers Heroic) has been updated to the latest version; this fixes the accidental deletion of save data when the cloud version of the save gets downloaded the Linux version of the app now has a checkbox to use the default Wine settings when installing a game various smaller changes and tweaks Some bugs have been fixed:
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WinesapOS – The Ultimate Portable Linux Gaming Distro

WinesapOS -- The Ultimate Portable Linux Gaming Distro
WinesapOS has come a long way. Going from being able to play Halo with a friend on Mac, it has now evolved to become much more. It’s now become this thing where you can install the distro on a flash drive or MicroSD card for the Steam Deck, and enjoy an awesome gaming experience, with all the software packages you could possibly need provided right out of the gate. No need to install it to your internal drive.
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Steam Deck Client Beta Fixes Remote Play, Adds New Gyro Activation Features (Plus SteamOS Update Fixes Resident Evil 4)

Steam Deck Client Beta Fixes Remote Play, Adds New Gyro Activation Features (Plus SteamOS Update Fixes Resident Evil 4)
Today’s Steam Deck client update (beta) adds fixes for both Steam Input and Remote Play. Additionally, Left and Right Stick Deflection has been added as an option for gyro activation. Patch notes are as follows: Steam Input Fixed controllers being treated as Xbox One controllers by default when defining their layout Fixed the L3/R3 buttons not being detected for some third party PS3 controllers Added Left and Right Stick Deflection as an option for Gyro Activation Buttons.
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ChimeraOS 37 Upgrades to PipeWire, Increases Responsiveness of Chimera Web App

ChimeraOS 37 Upgrades to PipeWire, Increases Responsiveness of Chimera Web App
New update for the awesome couch-oriented gaming distro ChimeraOS has come upon us. Included in this update: switch from PulseAudio to PipeWire Chimera web app has increased responsiveness desktop mode (which was introduced with version 35) adds support for additional languages, adds “Disks” and “Archive Manager” tools, and switches “Terminal” to “Console” Several fixes have been made: fixed non-Steam shortcut issues caused by game database update failures fixed system update failures when resuming downloads fixed restarting Steam from the Chimera web app with Gamepad/Deck UI Some features from the Chimera web app are now being deprecated “as part of the phasing out of Big Picture Mode”:
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ProtonUp-Qt 2.7.6 Improves Lutris Game Detection and the Installation of SteamTinkerLaunch

ProtonUp-Qt 2.7.6 Improves Lutris Game Detection and the Installation of SteamTinkerLaunch
The popular ProtonUp-Qt application for easily obtaining the latest version of GE-Proton (as well as GE-Wine for Lutris, etc.) has been updated. These changes come from sonic2kk, the person who made modding Sonic Frontiers possible on Linux with SteamTinkerLaunch. Changes are as follows: Fixed downloading DXVK 2.0 for Lutris Improvements when installing SteamTinkerLaunch using the ProtonUp-Qt Flatpak Reworked the Info dialog Improved the Lutris game detection Get the release on GitHub.
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