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DXVK, one of the secret sauces included with the Proton compatibility layer, has a big new release out now. DXVK 2.1 adds in some big new features like HDR!

Currently, this new HDR support is quite limited though. No major Linux desktop environment actually supports HDR yet, so you will have to use Gamescope specifically with it. When paired up with vkd3d-proton version 2.8 or newer, it "will allow D3D12 games to detect and use the HDR10 color space if they support it". It's also only supported on AMD GPUs, and even there it needs special Linux kernel patches.

One that perhaps is more exciting, because pretty much everyone will benefit, is even more improvements to shader compilation. From the release notes it states the use of "pipeline libraries was extended to pipelines with tessellation or geometry shaders in order to further reduce stutter". On top of that, if your GPU driver supports it, more features of the VK_EXT_extended_dynamic_state3 extension are being used to reduce stutter when MSAA is on.

Another performance upgrade is that DXVK will use fewer threads for background optimization of graphics pipelines, which may make games smoother on some systems but it doesn't change the initial shader compiling.

Some other improvements include:

  • A new GLFW backend for Native Linux builds using DXVK.
  • More consistent D3D11 performance.
  • A workaround for the Uplay overlay getting stuck on.
  • Fixes for: Ashes of the Singularity, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Cardfight!! Vanguard, Gujian 3, Resident Evil 4 HD, Saints Row: The Third, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Sonic Frontiers and Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance.

I'm quite excited to see all the improvements. Hopefully it won't be too long before the Steam Deck and Proton together get upgraded to make use of it all.

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mrdeathjr 24 Jan
​This version in my case solve blue flickering present in deadpool

but another titles still have crashes in my case like: farcry 3, anno 1701, anno 1404 and others

and have another interesting issue related non directly with dxvk but affect old titles especially dx8, this are D8VK:


Last edited by mrdeathjr on 24 January 2023 at 10:29 pm UTC
andy155 25 Jan
Note: The setup script setup_dxvk.sh was no longer deemed useful and got removed.
Bad idea and a step backwards. ;(((
Xpander 25 Jan
Quoting: andy155Note: The setup script setup_dxvk.sh was no longer deemed useful and got removed.
Bad idea and a step backwards. ;(((
He doesn't want to deal with it. Its linux. Fork it or create your own script to hook it up. It doesn't really have to be part of DXVK anyway imo.
andy155 25 Jan
Quoting: XpanderIt doesn't really have to be part of DXVK anyway imo.
I disagree.
Lofty 25 Jan
Looking forward to the day we can use HDR ootb on Linux without needing to patch various things or run specific compositors.
STiAT 25 Jan
shader stutter reduces . Always welcome.
Xpander 26 Jan
Quoting: andy155
Quoting: XpanderIt doesn't really have to be part of DXVK anyway imo.
I disagree.

You can disagree if you want, but things like these are for package managers to deal with imo.
Whatever the outcome. He doesn't want to deal with scripts and its feature requests. He is a graphics developer, so its understandable that he wanted to drop it.
andy155 26 Jan
Natürlich könnte man es auch von Hand machen und es wäre kein Problem. Aber es war immer gut, das Skript zu haben. Viele Jahre habe ich DXVK damit installiert. Ich werde es vermissen ;( (Nicht nur ich).
Ich finde das sehr schade. Für Wine und DXVK habe ich einfach keine fertigen Pakete verwendet. "Er will sich nicht mit Skripten und deren Funktionsanfragen beschäftigen. Er ist ein Grafikentwickler, daher ist es verständlich, dass er es sein lassen wollte." Klar verstehe ich das. Aber seine Aussage war: "Es wurde nicht mehr als nützlich angesehen und wurde entfernt." Das ist einfach nicht wahr. Das ist schade.

Of course, you could do it by hand and it's not really a problem. But it was always great to have the script. Many years I installed DXVK with it. I will miss it ;( (Not only me).
I think this is a pity. For Wine and DXVK I just didn't use ready packages. "He doesn't want to deal with scripts and their function requests. He is a graphics developer, so it is understandable that he wanted to drop it." Sure I understand that. But his statement was "It was no longer considered useful and was removed." Which is simply not true. Too bad. ;(

Last edited by andy155 on 26 January 2023 at 1:06 pm UTC
Nanobang 26 Jan
My take away from this is that DXVK 2.1 will (hope hope hopefully) be the magic item needed to remove the stuttering in SR3 that occurs near water. I suppose now it's just a matter of waiting for it to wash downstream and into Proton, or Steam Runtime or whatever's being used to magic my SR3 game. So, Yay! And a big thank you to Plagman!

Last edited by Nanobang on 26 January 2023 at 4:02 pm UTC
Quoting: andy155Note: The setup script setup_dxvk.sh was no longer deemed useful and got removed.
Bad idea and a step backwards. ;(((

It's a pity indeed but not a big deal, as the script from an old DXVK version can still be used for the current one (and likely future ones as well).
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