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NVIDIA working with Valve to get Gamescope working on their drivers

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Good news for NVIDIA GPU owners on Linux, as an NVIDIA developer has confirmed that work is in progress to get Gamescope working with their drivers.

Gamescope, for those not aware, is a Wayland compositor originally forked from the older SteamOS 2 compositor. It's a big part of what makes Gaming Mode on the Steam Deck do all it can. This includes features like scaling, AMD FSR, frame rate limiting and more. It would be great to see it fully working across more vendors, especially for those gaming on multiple monitors as it can help get around some troubles there too.

However, it only really works with AMD / Intel GPUs (Mesa) right now but that is set to change. On the NVIDIA forum, developer amrits confirmed "We are working with Valve to ensure Gamescope runs well on our driver." and linked to a GitHub request to fix up issues with it to have it work on the NVIDIA driver.

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kon14 25 Mar
Quoting: Liam DaweHowever, it only really works with AMD GPUs right now

While they don't technically offer dedicated GPUs (yet), Intel is also supported.
kalin 25 Mar
As owner of nvidia gpu for so long time I would say that it's too late for me to get excited. So far nvidia is not good deal for gaming on Linux. My plans are to buy amd gpu next year. I hope things get better for me after that
Xpander 25 Mar
As owner of nvidia gpu for so long time i would say i really haven't even had the need for gamescope as everything has been working perfectly with multimonitor for me. Games run, perform, open in correct monitor etc. Cant really complain, but i guess good to hear they are working with valve.
ridge 25 Mar
This is wonderful news. I still intend to change back to an AMD GPU (I mean I would even if I didn't use a Linux distro lol), but this will be of great use to me while I wait, and especially those who intend to stick with their Nvidia GPUs.
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With any luck, this will solve most of the visual novels I play not being able to be fullscreened.

Though I'm probably misunderstanding something about how Gamescope works.

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Quoting: GithubYou can spoof a virtual screen with a desired resolution and refresh rate as the only thing the game sees, and control/resize the output as needed. This can be useful in exotic display configurations like ultrawide or multi-monitor setups that involve rotation.
Eike 25 Mar
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Quoting: pleasereadthemanualWith any luck, this will solve most of the visual novels I play not being able to be fullscreened.

KDE has lots of options to force windows to what you want.
jens 25 Mar
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That PR also mentions GAMMA_LUT support arriving at some point, which is afaik the missing requirement for night light on Gnome Wayland with the NVIDIA drivers. Very nice and hope it won’t take that long.


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Mohandevir 25 Mar
Nice! Looking forward to install SteamOS 3 on my Nvidia PC.


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ShabbyX 25 Mar
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: pleasereadthemanualWith any luck, this will solve most of the visual novels I play not being able to be fullscreened.

KDE has lots of options to force windows to what you want.

If only they had the option to force windows to use the Linux kernel instead of NT...
toor 25 Mar
Quoting: MohandevirNice! Looking forward to install SteamOS 3 on my Nvidia PC.
I'm not sure it would be that good, for now SteamOS 3 is pretty much specialized for the steam deck, and although you can use the desktop on SteamOS 3, it's a bit experimental I would say, you would either have to remove the read-only and see your changes overwritten by updates, or install everything via flatpak, which I'm sure has its limitations.

You can use gamescope on a standard linux distro, like ubuntu or manjaro, just fine. You just have to edit the steam options to use it with the games you want
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