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Insomniac Games and Nixxes Software showing how good PC support is done with Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, with another free upgrade out now. It's good news for Steam Deck and desktop Linux players too.

Really great to see, and once again they're doing improvements for Linux systems showing again you don't need Native Linux build to ensure it's supported and runs well. Support is what we want, to make sure we get what we pay for! This isn't the first time they've improved the game for Linux either, with a previous update fixing up issues for NVIDIA GPUs on Linux.

Here's all that's in patch 1.831.0.0:

  • Stability improvements for AMD Radeon RX 7000 GPUs.
  • Improved frame pacing on GPUs with 8GB VRAM or less when hitting certain surfaces with large amounts of bullets.
  • Updated AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution to version 2.2.
  • Ray-tracing options are now available on AMD GPUs in Linux.
  • Dynamic Resolution Scaling can now be used in combination with Intel XeSS.
  • Added water deforming animation when the player character swims.
  • Hover Boots acceleration now works correctly at frame rates above 60 FPS.
  • Phantom Dash animation is no longer affected by the frame rate.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Phantom Dash effect to remain visible when toggled off.
  • Various user interface bugfixes.
  • Adjusted the launcher to fit on screens with low resolutions or high DPI scaling settings.

One thing to note, the current build graphics options text still says it's FSR 2.1 and not FSR 2.2, I've made the developer aware and they told me they will fix the text in the next update.

Some Steam Deck footage for the news:

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Looking pretty good overall on Steam Deck! Some expected slowdowns and dips when loading between portal worlds, and when the action is ridiculously over the top but the normal gameplay is almost a solid 30FPS. It feels really good on the Steam Deck and looks fantastic on the 7 inch screen.

You can buy it on Fanatical, Humble Store and Steam.

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lejimster Sep 7, 2023
Is ray tracing on Linux comparable to Windows these days?
I just bought a 7900 xtx and plan to have a tinker when I install it.
Pengling Sep 7, 2023
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I'll definitely be picking this up - it's just that I've got another game that's my priority first. After that, though!
ripper81358 Sep 7, 2023
Quoting: lejimsterIs ray tracing on Linux comparable to Windows these days?
I just bought a 7900 xtx and plan to have a tinker when I install it.

The next MESA release 23.2.0 will come with lots of raytracing improvements for MESA RADV. However performance will still be an issue when compared to the windowsdriver. The forthcoming MESA releases will adress these problem.
However with an RX 7900 xtx you should be able to get decent performance when you use FSR.
Lofty Sep 7, 2023
Quoting: ripper81358
Quoting: lejimsterIs ray tracing on Linux comparable to Windows these days?
I just bought a 7900 xtx and plan to have a tinker when I install it.

The next MESA release 23.2.0 will come with lots of raytracing improvements for MESA RADV. However performance will still be an issue when compared to the windowsdriver. The forthcoming MESA releases will adress these problem.
However with an RX 7900 xtx you should be able to get decent performance when you use FSR.

And that the issue with slower release distros that don't run cutting edge MESA. You end up having to add 3rd party repositories and kernals and it's not the most friendly end user experience. Ironically it's the most friendly end user experience distros that fall foul of this.
ripper81358 Sep 7, 2023
Quoting: Lofty
Quoting: ripper81358
Quoting: lejimsterIs ray tracing on Linux comparable to Windows these days?
I just bought a 7900 xtx and plan to have a tinker when I install it.

The next MESA release 23.2.0 will come with lots of raytracing improvements for MESA RADV. However performance will still be an issue when compared to the windowsdriver. The forthcoming MESA releases will adress these problem.
However with an RX 7900 xtx you should be able to get decent performance when you use FSR.

And that the issue with slower release distros that don't run cutting edge MESA. You end up having to add 3rd party repositories and kernals and it's not the most friendly end user experience. Ironically it's the most friendly end user experience distros that fall foul of this.

Well newer kernels are only needed when your GPU is not supported by the default kernel. On Ubuntubased distributions you just need to add the kisak mesa fresh ppa. This will keep MESA on the latest stable version. Doing the same with nvidias driver is clearly more inconvinient.
Lofty Sep 7, 2023
Quoting: ripper81358
Quoting: Lofty
Quoting: ripper81358
Quoting: lejimsterIs ray tracing on Linux comparable to Windows these days?
I just bought a 7900 xtx and plan to have a tinker when I install it.

The next MESA release 23.2.0 will come with lots of raytracing improvements for MESA RADV. However performance will still be an issue when compared to the windowsdriver. The forthcoming MESA releases will adress these problem.
However with an RX 7900 xtx you should be able to get decent performance when you use FSR.

And that the issue with slower release distros that don't run cutting edge MESA. You end up having to add 3rd party repositories and kernals and it's not the most friendly end user experience. Ironically it's the most friendly end user experience distros that fall foul of this.

Well newer kernels are only needed when your GPU is not supported by the default kernel. On Ubuntubased distributions you just need to add the kisak mesa fresh ppa. This will keep MESA on the latest stable version. Doing the same with nvidias driver is clearly more inconvinient.

it's more inconvenient to use the nvidia driver i agree. Although i have had issues adding 3rd party MESA PPA's to my Mint install. The Oibaf one in particular comes to mind. Perhaps the Kisak one is more stable and i would have more luck with that ? These days for my gaming needs i prefer to use an Arch based Distro.
sarmad Sep 7, 2023
I have played this on PS5. So much fun. Highly recommended.
Glad to see it work well on the Deck.
lejimster Sep 7, 2023
Quoting: I_Hate_Windows
Quoting: lejimsterIs ray tracing on Linux comparable to Windows these days?
I just bought a 7900 xtx and plan to have a tinker when I install it.
i have a 6900xt and as far as i can tell i lost no frames at all, seems pretty even with any version of windows now......

Sounds good, Ray tracing perf wasn't a deal breaker for me or I would have bought RTX.. But I'm still looking forward to giving it a try.


Last edited by lejimster on 7 September 2023 at 6:47 pm UTC
ripper81358 Sep 7, 2023
Quoting: I_Hate_Windows@Lofty: "it's more inconvenient to use the nvidia driver i agree. Although i have had issues adding 3rd party MESA PPA's to my Mint install. The Oibaf one in particular comes to mind. Perhaps the Kisak one is more stable and i would have more luck with that ? These days for my gaming needs i prefer to use an Arch based Distro."

exactly, i distro hopped for 2 months looking for "the one", it didnt exist lol but i found garuda gnome after trying the kde version, welp it might be less customizable but it looks more modern and runs faster, its instant, its arch based so you get pacman and all of the aur at your arsenal, i use pop os tiling manager from pacman called pop-shell, then i build gamescope-session-git from the aur to make a steamos at log in to choose from, its a seperate desktop environment that is based on the game mode of steamdeck, so far this is the best os in existence, it is also not immutable like steam os so it is actually meant for daily use, rolling release, newest everything every day lol, included update manager and install manager, this is why i want to roll all this into one neat tidy little package so i dont have to explain all this, i can just say, use this distro because i have over 2k worth of hardware and it performs better than windows ever could[/quote]
Oibaf ppa contains in development MESA, Kisak ppa is for the latest stable MESA drivers. I have been on Kubuntu as long as the distribution exists. I use the regular release. So i get two complete updates each year. In my opinion this is a good compromise regarding up to date packages and stability. I add the kisak ppa, the kubuntu backports ppa and flatpaksupport to it and i am done.
ripper81358 Sep 7, 2023
Quoting: ripper81358
Quoting: I_Hate_Windows@Lofty: "it's more inconvenient to use the nvidia driver i agree. Although i have had issues adding 3rd party MESA PPA's to my Mint install. The Oibaf one in particular comes to mind. Perhaps the Kisak one is more stable and i would have more luck with that ? These days for my gaming needs i prefer to use an Arch based Distro."

exactly, i distro hopped for 2 months looking for "the one", it didnt exist lol but i found garuda gnome after trying the kde version, welp it might be less customizable but it looks more modern and runs faster, its instant, its arch based so you get pacman and all of the aur at your arsenal, i use pop os tiling manager from pacman called pop-shell, then i build gamescope-session-git from the aur to make a steamos at log in to choose from, its a seperate desktop environment that is based on the game mode of steamdeck, so far this is the best os in existence, it is also not immutable like steam os so it is actually meant for daily use, rolling release, newest everything every day lol, included update manager and install manager, this is why i want to roll all this into one neat tidy little package so i dont have to explain all this, i can just say, use this distro because i have over 2k worth of hardware and it performs better than windows ever could


Oibaf ppa contains in development MESA, Kisak ppa is for the latest stable MESA drivers. I have been on Kubuntu as long as the distribution exists. I use the regular release. So i get two complete updates each year. In my opinion this is a good compromise regarding up to date packages and stability. I add the kisak ppa, the kubuntu backports ppa and flatpaksupport to it and i am done.
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