Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Nvidia’s DLSS has come to Linux gaming (however not the Steam Deck clearly)

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Years after its failed Steam Machines, Valve is slowly however certainly enhancing the state of Linux gaming. The firm’s upcoming Steam Deck handheld runs atop Linux, and its Proton compatibility layer lets it — and different computer systems — play Windows video games as properly. Now, Valve has formally added assist for Nvidia’s DLSS machine studying temporal upscaling approach to Proton, probably bringing huge FPS boosts and fewer flicker in video games that assist the know-how.

As Phoronix experiences (through Tom’s Hardware), Proton 6.3-8 is the first secure launch to embody assist for DLSS, after the characteristic beforehand hit experimental builds in October, although it seems you’ll nonetheless want to set PROTON_ENABLE_NVAPI=1 and dxgi.nvapiHack = False to flip it on. DLSS gained’t come to the AMD-powered Steam Deck, after all, because it requires proprietary Nvidia machine studying silicon, however we lately discovered the Steam Deck will assist AMD’s arguably a lot much less succesful FSR.

The new model of Proton additionally claims to allow assist for a bunch of extra Windows video games on Linux typically, together with the celebrated Deathloop, Age of Empires 4, and each Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Mass Effect Legendary Edition (although apparently these final two have limitations which are nonetheless being labored out).

And, Valve says 6.3-8 is the launch that features “support for an initial set of BattlEye games,” referring to the BattlEye anti-cheat software program that might or might not be holding again a few of the hottest Steam video games from having correct working multiplayer on the Steam Deck and Linux typically. (Ball’s in definitely in the builders’ courtroom.)

You can discover the full changelog right here at Valve’s GitHub. Nvidia initially introduced it might work with Valve to deliver DLSS to Linux again in June.

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