While also Valve talked about Steam Deck 2 and the future of the handheld segment produced by Gabe Newell and associates, the first version continues to benefit from important software updates that improve the end user experience.
The latest news comes directly under the tree and it’s the update to VKD3D-Proton with build 2.8 which improves support for Direct3D 12 on Vulkan, part of Valve’s backbone for its video playback system. titles developed for Windows also on Linuxor the heart of Steam Deck with SteamOS (which is nothing more than an Arch distro).
With the new VKD3D-Proton 2.8 there is talk of important improvements deriving from the addition of support a VK_EXT_descriptor_bufferwhich should improve resource management by removing pressure from the CPU, but at the same time it should also optimize the work done by the GPU.
Of course the update will be of total benefit to all users under the Steam Play umbrella and not just to Steam Deck owners. However, the latter will certainly be among the earliest beneficiaries of the changes by virtue of full compatibility with the Steam Deck drivers and with the RADV Mesa drivers.
Among the titles that will enjoy the new improvements are The Witcher 3, Age of Empires IV, Borderlands 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, RE: Village and Spiderman Remasteredwhile, still on the subject of “gifts”, we recall that some users have declared themselves dissatisfied with the Steam TGA contest.