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Valve Releases Proton 9.0 Update With Support For High Core Count CPUs, New Games Support & Better NVIDIA GPU Performance

Valve Releases Proton 9.0 Update With Support For High Core Count CPUs, New Games Support & Better NVIDIA GPU Performance

Valve rolled out the Proton 9.0 update, enhancing compatibility for NVIDIA GPUs and high-core-count CPUs. Proton, increasingly popular, especially with the launch of Steam Deck, serves as an important link between Windows and Linux, enabling Linux users to enjoy compatible Windows games.

The latest Valve Proton 9.0 update introduces support for additional titles and several optimization changes aimed at enhancing the user experience. Along with these new titles, the update provides better performance for users with high-core CPUs. Previously, games like Far Cry 4 and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition imposed fundamental restrictions on high-end CPUs, causing poor performance. However, the latest update has reportedly removed these restrictions, allowing players to make full use of their processor's power, even though older classics may not require extensive core usage. can

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A notable inclusion in the latest update is the automatic activation of NVIDIA's NVAPI, a software development kit designed for specific hardware, specifically NVIDIA GPUs. This implementation is expected to significantly increase the performance of NVIDIA users on Linux, thereby improving the overall gaming experience. Gaming on Linux has historically been limited by the platform's lack of access to contemporary software resources.

Valve Proton 9.0 (Changelog)

Previously only playable with Proton Experimental:

> Dynogen Online
> Photography simulator demo
> George McGeehan Gamer Hero
The finals
> True reporter. The Mystery of Miss Wood
> Path to Vostok demo
>Witchcraft on Holy Night
>Lord of the Rings: Gollum
> Sound Colors: Ultimate
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge
> Command and conquer the Tiberian Sun and Firestorm.
> Elves' corridors and taverns
> Traps of Ruin 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
> Prototype

>Enabled nvapi by default for most games.
>Started ignoring system mouse acceleration in games using the raw input API.
>Fixed Brahla showing security certificate warning.
>Fixed audio in Boomrod, Doronco Vanco, Notelot.
> Fixed Civilization V Touch Only option not working in launcher.
> Improved cutscene synchronization in Immortals Fenyx Rising.
>Fixed Toho Makouka Sai ~ Magnificent Danmaku Festival Part I and II crashing during the boss fight.
Fixed crash in Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories Epilogue.
> Improved video playback in BIOMUTANT.
> Fixed Empires: Greek Wars launcher.
> Fixed memory leak that caused 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 input devices with 8+ axes.
> Fixed Ascent – 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 some systems.
Fixed escape from Monkey Island minimizing on a mouse click.
Fixed audio controls and specialization in VRChat with AVPro.
> Fixed new prefix failing to initialize on file systems that do not support the copy_file_range syscall.
> Updated file partitioning method to save disk space.
> Upstream Rebased on top of Wine 9.0.
>Updated vkd3d-proton to v2.11.1-49-g32ff676b.
> Updated dxvk to v2.3-47-ge2a46a34.
> Updated dxvk-nvapi to v0.6.4-48-g0951afb.
> Added support for Steamworks SDK 1.59.

Source: steam

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