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The next big stable update for Proton, version 9.0, may not be released yet, but that doesn't mean you can't try it out for yourself! Valve is gearing the new version up with beta releases, giving us a chance to test things out as they get closer to a full launch. Today, a new update for the Proton 9 Beta branch was released, bringing in some fixes that were previously only in the Experimental branch.

We now have games that were only playable with Proton Experimental, like Sonic Colors: Ultimate and Command & Conquer Red Alert 2, now playable with Proton 9, as well as some regressions getting fixed to make games like Overwatch 2 and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger no longer crash. We also have audio fixes for BOOMERAD, DORONKO WANKO, and NOTTOLOT, as well as video fixes for Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and Sea of Thieves. And yes, Borderlands GOTY Enhanced is now playable again!

There are some other fixes here like input issues with Worms Armageddon, Civilization 5's touch-only option in the launcher not working, and cutscene desync has been improved in Immortals Fenyx Rising!

If you haven't yet, you can download Proton 9.0 Beta from Steam by searching for "Proton 9" on the Steam store on your Deck. Otherwise, if you already have it, it should be automatically added to your downloads so you can update it.


Proton 9.0 Beta 4/26/24 (Release Candidate 2) Update Changelog:

  • Previously playable only with Proton Experimental: Sonic Colors: Ultimate, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and Yuri’s Revenge, Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun and Firestorm, Aisling and the Tavern of Elves, Snares of Ruin 2, Insanity's Blade, Bloody Walls.
  • Fixed Proton 9.0 regressions:
    • Overwatch 2 no longer randomly crashes.
    • Video playback in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition works again.
    • Total War: WARHAMMER II no longer has clicking audio while playing videos.
    • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger no longer crashes on start.
    • Sea of Thieves is able to play videos on Steam Deck.
    • Borderlands GOTY Enhanced is playable again.
    • Mars First Logistics is now able to upload to Steam Workshop.
    • Neverwinter, Star Trek Online and Champions Online are playable again on Nvidia setups.
    • Fixed input issues with Worms Armageddon.
    • Main menu video is looping correctly in Call of Cthulhu.
  • Fixed Civilization V Touch Only option in the launcher not working.
  • Improved cutscene desync in Immortals Fenyx Rising.
  • Limited number of cores seen by the following games making them playable on a high core count CPUs:
    • Far Cry 2
    • Far Cry 4
    • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
    • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
    • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
    • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
    • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising
    • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution
    • Outcast - Second Contact
    • Prototype

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Noah Kupetsky
A lover of gaming since 4, Noah has grown up with a love and passion for the industry. From there, he started to travel a lot and develop a joy for handheld and PC gaming. When the Steam Deck released, it just all clicked.
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