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Path of Exile, the free to play online action RPG just recently released a huge update that adds in a Beta version of their new Vulkan API rendering system.

To be clear: while Path of Exile does not support Linux officially, getting Vulkan into it is progress towards it since it's a cross-platform open graphics API. The developer talked a bit about this in a previous interview we covered, when they were talking about Path of Exile 2 and Linux was directly mentioned.

For right now though, Vulkan support means that Path of Exile should run dramatically better with the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer on Linux (or plain Wine). This is because it should make it a whole lot smoother, with constant stuttering hopefully becoming a thing of the past. Don't know what Steam Play is? Check here.

In my testing while in the early game on max settings, it was extremely smooth:

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If you do wish to try it, the Vulkan option is available on the first login screen in the Options menu. It will freeze for a little while as it switches the API over. For Proton, I had to use the community-made Proton 5.6-GE-2 (and specifically that version) with NVIDIA otherwise at the character select screen it just crashed to the desktop every single time. If you have an AMD GPU, the Vulkan version currently needs a fix in the RADV driver but it reportedly works fine with the AMDVLK driver. Since this is the first public Beta of Vulkan for PoE, it will no doubt get smoother in terms of driver and Proton compatibility.

Path of Exile can be found free on Steam or the official site.

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Goldpaw Jun 26, 2020
Not sure what others have experienced, but I finally got to try it in Arch Linux today, through Steam Play. Today is June 26th, 2020, just for the reference. Since my experience seems smoother than what some others had a month ago, I'm sharing!

I had to install the amdvlk driver, which is simple enough. And after that, it was just a matter of changing the API to vulkan(beta) in the Path of Exile options, and voila. Just as smooth as on windows. No weird driver builds, patches, lutris or custom wine builds were needed. Just my arch linux distro, official repo drivers, and official proton versions in steam play.

I'm using proton 5.0-9, which at the time of writing was the most recent one. My gpu drivers in my arch system are primarily amdgp, amdvlk and the standard mesa packages needed. And as mentioned it's all from the official arch repos, no AUR or custom builds needed.

Can't really say how much more "smooth out of the box" we really need it here. I'm happy. This was my sole reason for having a windoze dual boot. So goodbye crapsoft windoze. Forever! :)

Last edited by Goldpaw on 26 June 2020 at 11:23 am UTC
Kuduzkehpan 8 years Nov 17, 2020
Game working almost great under linux with vulkan beta option. no launch parameters needed.
and also i got banned due to "Third party software " as i belive cause of "steam proton"
Good job GGG. Mailed support team and waiting.
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