Valve Pushes Out Proton 9.0 Update, Improvements Include Support For High Core Count CPUs & Better NVIDIA GPU Performance

Valve Pushes Out Proton 9.0 Update, Improvements Include Support For High Core Count CPUs & Better NVIDIA GPU Performance

The valve has released its Proton 9.0 software update which adds better support for NVIDIA GPUs and high core count CPUs.

The latest version of Proton brings improved gaming performance to NVIDIA users, along with routine fixes and high core count CPU support.

Valve's Proton has gained significant popularity in modern times, especially with the launch of the Steam Deck, as the device is natively based on the Linux OS. Proton acts as a bridge between Windows and Linux, allowing users of the latter platform to run compatible Windows games.

The latest Valve Proton 9.0 update sees the addition of several titles getting support as well as a number of other optimization changes to improve the user experience. New titles added with the latest Proton update are:

  • Previously only playable with Proton Experimental:
    • Dynogen Online
    • Photography Simulator Demo
    • George McGeehan Gamer Hero
    • The finals
    • True reporter. The Mystery of Miss Wood
    • Road to Vostok Demo
    • Witchcraft on the holy night
    • Lord of the Rings: Gollum
    • Tone Colors: Ultimate
    • Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge
    • Command and conquer the Tiberian Sun and Firestorm.
    • Aisling and the Tavern of Elves
    • Traps of destruction 2
    • Blade of Madness
    • Bloody walls.
  • The limited number of cores seen by the following games makes them playable on higher core count CPUs.
    • Go away 2
    • Go away 4
    • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
    • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
    • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marines
    • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
    • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Rise to Chaos
    • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Revenge
    • Outcast – Second Contact
    • Sample
  • nvapi enabled by default for most games.
  • Started ignoring system mouse acceleration in games using raw input API.
  • Fixed error showing security certificate warning.
  • Fixed Civilization V Touch Only option not working in launcher.
  • Improved cutscene synchronization in Immortals Fenyx Rising.
  • Fixed TouHou Makuka Sai ~ Fantastic Danmaku Festival Part I and II crashing during boss fights.
  • Fixed crash in Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories Epilogue.
  • Improved video playback in BIOMUTANT.
  • Fixed Empires: Greek Wars launcher.
  • Fixed memory leak that caused the Final Fantasy XIV Online Launcher to crash for long periods of time.
  • Fixed crash in Microsoft Flight Simulator when live weather is enabled.
  • Improved support for 8+ axis input devices.
  • Fixed Savant – Ascent Remix hitching during some animations.
  • Fixed Super Robot Wars 30 crashing with languages ​​other than English.
  • Fixed doom eternal audio crackling on some setups.
  • Fixed Lethal Company, Phasmophobia and other Unity games crashing when a controller with a heat switch is plugged in.
  • Improved video playback for the following titles: Lords of the Fallen, Harvestella, Wayfinder, Sea of ​​Thieves, and King of Fighters XV.
  • Fixed default scaling for The Last Game on Steam decks.
  • Fixed audio issues when playing the intro video in Airborne Kingdom.
  • Fixed Bayonetta crashing on certain systems.
  • Fixed escape from Monkey Island being minimized on a mouse click.
  • Fixed audio controls and specialization in VRChat with AVPro.
  • Fixed new prefix failing to initialize on unsupported filesystems. copy_file_range syscall
  • Updated file partitioning method to save disk space.
  • Upstream Rebased on top of Wine 9.0.
  • Updated vkd3d-proton. v2.11.1-49-g32ff676b.
  • Updated dxvk. v2.3-47-ge2a46a34.
  • Updated dxvk-nvapi. v0.6.4-48-g0951afb.
  • Added support for Steamworks SDK 1.59.

In addition to the new titles, Valve's Proton 9.0 also brings a better performance experience for users running high-core CPUs. Classic games like Far Cry 4 and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition limit the number of cores used in the case of high-end CPUs, resulting in a dull experience. The new update reportedly removes that cap, and players can squeeze more power out of their processors, though the aforementioned classics won't even need as many cores.

Another interesting addition to the new update is the default enablement of NVIDIA's NVAPI, an SDX designed to target specific hardware, and in this case, Team Green's GPUs. This move is expected to improve performance for NVIDIA users on Linux, ultimately leading to a much more enjoyable experience, as gaming on Linux is relatively difficult as the platform lacks access to modern-day software resources.

It also has several other improvements; You can view the full changelog from GitHub here..

News Source: GitHub

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