Proton 8 is now available for the Steam Deck
Valve has released Proton 8, while this hasn't hit the official channels yet, we can expect a Stable channel update very soon making this the new default.
This brings all of the Proton Experimental updates from 7.06 upward and a few other nice changes.
Note: Proton 8.0 requires a GPU that supports Vulkan 1.3.
The following games are now playable:
Dead Space (2023)
Nioh 2 - The Complete Edition
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
Atelier Lydie & Suelle
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX
Atelier Rorona DX
Disney Dreamlight Valley
ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIV
WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Ultimate Definitive Edition
Exceed - Gun Bullet Children
Chex Quest HD
Fixed 2K launcher failure caused by launcher update.
Fixed Arabic fonts in FIFA 21 and 22.
Improved CJK font support in many games including NOBUNAGA'S AMBITION: Souzou with Power Up Kit, Stardom 3 and Sword and Fairy 3.
Improved sleep/resume functionality on Steam Deck for Tiny Tina's Wonderland.
Improved multi-touch support.
Fixed native scrollbar being always visible in Final Fantasy XIV Online launcher.
Fixed A Plague Tale: Innocence and A Plague Tale: Requiem showing on-screen keyboard when starting the game on the Steam Deck.
Fixed rendering issues during cutscenes in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.
Fixed Japanese keyboard input in Final Fantasy XIV Online.
Fixed Football manager 2023 crashing when trying to return from a player profile.
Fixed experimental regression: Fall in Labyrinth started crashing on some setups.
Improved CJK characters rendering in many games including NOBUNAGA'S AMBITION: Souzou with Power Up Kit.
Fixed Life is Strange Remastered crashing at the end of chapter 2.
Fixed Alt+Tab not working on Gnome 43.
Improved force feedback compatibility for BeamNG and Forza Horizon 5.
Fixed regression with Mortal Combat X performance.
Fixed OpenGL launch option for Youropa.
Fixed raytracing in Crysis Remastered.
Improved multiplayer support in Company of Heroes III.
Improved fullscreen support for The Last Blade 2.
Fixed regression: Minecraft Dungeons was hanging when disconnecting from multiplayer game.
Fixed Immortals Fenyx Rising missing/out-of-order audio lines in cutscenes.
Fixed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launcher flickering on Wayland.
Fixed Story Mode not working in Dead or Alive 6.
Enabled nvapi for many games.
The following were also updated
wine to 8.0.
dxvk to v2.1-4-gcaf31033.
vkd3d-proton to v2.8-84-g08909d98.
dxvk-nvapi to v0.6.2.
wine-mono to 7.4.1.
You can follow the Proton releases here
If you can't wait for the official update, you can download Proton 8 directly on your Steam Deck by searching and downloading it
Once downloaded, you can manually select Proton 8 for the games you want to run under the compatibility option of the game
Or, you can wait for the inevitable Steam OS update that will include this update and make 8.0-1 the new default, taking over from 7.0-6