Wine 8.0 continues in the release candidate stages. RC4 just released, and with it are 25 bug fixes (remember, Wine 8.0 is in feature freeze; only bugs are getting ironed out at this point). Gaming-related fixes have been added for Guild Wars, Petz 4, and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth. Patch notes are as follows: #48553 Catia (CAD software) refuse to run installation on newest wine (<=4.18) #51268 Assembler messages: Error: no such instruction: `xsavec (%esp)’ #51301 Any action that locks the cursor into place inside the Roblox Client window causes the cursor to freeze #51420 Running any program in Wine causes 100% cpu usage in Xorg #52089 d2d1:d2d1 fails in test_draw_geometry() on Wine #52152 comctl32:edit gets unexpected heights in test_text_position_style() on Windows 10 1809+ #52429 Guild Wars: login not possible #52557 GetNetworkParams loops forever on musl #52749 winetricks dotnet35sp1: printfilterpipelinesvc.
As is typical around the 14th of each month, Bottles gets a new release. Seems like they’re adopting a new naming scheme. Instead of going by year/month/day, it’s now just one number. I’m guessing “50” indicates that this is the 50th update. Beside that, here’s the changes: Features support userdir/ placeholder for installers checks enable VKD3D in the Gaming environment async fetch of components, installers and dependencies Frontend GameScope improvements updated link for connection checking improve sentence in installers smoother UI with async code make app name untranslatable, disambiguate Bottles & bottles remove FileChooser class port primary menu to MenuModel Backend
Steam Deck gets a new beta client update with fixes for patch notes, OSK, joystick deadzone, and more.
Proton Experimental update is all bug fixes. Except one, which is an improvement in regards to CJK characters rendering “in many games.” No new compatilble titles with this update. Patch notes are as follows: fix A Plague Tale: Innocence showing on-screen keyboard when starting the game on the Steam Deck. fix rendering issues during cutscenes in Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. fix Japanese keyboard input in Final Fantasy XIV Online. fix Football Manager 2023 crashing when trying to return from a player profile.
Steam Deck Client Beta Adds Rollup of Gifts in QAM, Groups Commands If They’re Attached to the Same Controller Input
New client update out for beta and preview users. Supposedly changing download regions no longer requires a restart, but they still do, based on my testing. A rollup of gifts received has been added to the Quick Access Menu under notifications. Steam Input, desktop Linux, and the virtual keyboard got some fixes as well. Full patch notes are as follows. General Changing download regions no longer requires restarting the Steam client Add a rollup of gifts received in the Quick Access > Notifications area Steam Input
Fedora fork Nobara Project kicks off the new year by releasing version 37. Packages have been rebased on top of Fedora 37. Nobara 37 is mostly concerned with package updates: kernel updated to 6.0.16, all previous patches included, gamescope HDR patches added glibc updated to 2.36 (still includes all previous fixes) gamescope updated to latest git mangohud updated to 0.6.8 goverlay updated to 0.9.1 – this contains a fix for the “interface scaling problem” on HiDPI displays blender updated to 3.
Wine 8.0-rc3 is now up. A total of 28 bugs were fixed. Gaming-related fixes include: AirBuccaneers hangs on exit Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night freeze at whitescreen Can’t aim in Overwatch after alt-tabbing World of Warcraft Classic: Mouse movement can block keydown events from registering Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth crashes after start winegstreamer “flush” removal breaks radio in Fallout 3 Max Payne: mouse scroll behaves erratically Bully: Scholarship Edition hangs on loading screen and doesn’t play intros Sacred Gold (GOG): missing audio in .
Proton 7.0-6 Now Available as Proton Next, Fixes Video Playback with Chronos: Before the Ashes, Improves Video Playback with OUTRIDERS and ToGather:Island
The day Proton Experimental got updated, was also the day Proton 7.0-6 graduated from release candidate to Proton Next. The changes are almost exactly the same as the release candidate. As a reminder, playable titles include: Gotham Knights UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection Wargame: Red Dragon Heroes of the Dark Super Arcade Racing Crazy Machines 3 NinNinDays2 雀姬 (Mahjong ladies) Bug fixes are as follows: fix Microsoft Flight Simulator: crashing during longer flights not displaying live traffic not starting after a recent game update crashing when starting next to big cities fix being unable to log in to Xbox Live from Main Menu in As Dusk Falls fix Septerra Core hanging on redistributables installation fix Super House of Dead Ninjas, Enemy Mind, and Out There Somewhere frame hitching every few seconds fix on-screen keyboard popping up every time when starting A Plague Tale: Requiem on the Steam Deck fix Zeepkist freezing when using controller fix Overcooked!
Pretty interesting update to Proton Experimental. Today’s update adds compatibility with Gungrave G.O.R.E. Force feedback compatibility has been improved with BeamNG and Forza Horizon 5. As far as bug fixes go, Alt+Tabbing should no longer present any issues for those of you using GNOME 43 or later. Also, Life is Strange Remastered should no longer crash after chapter 2. See the patch notes on GitHub. Cover image credit: Iggymob Co., Ltd/Prime Matter
Steam Deck Client Beta Fixes Reboot Loop When Updating Broken Steam Install, Adds Controller Settings for Non-Steam Games
New Deck client is out for Beta and Preview users. This fixes the reboot loop that could occur when failing to update a broken Steam install (could this perhaps fix the “brick” situation that I had described last weekend?). The New Big Picture Mode got some improvements as well – Steam controller dongle pairing is now possible, and controllers can be turned off when exiting BPM. As far as Steam Input, the ThrustMaster eSwap PRO Xbox controller has been added, and the long delay when connecting Razer keyboards should no longer be present.