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Intel Vulkan drivers on Linux should run more games with Mesa 24.0

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While work is ongoing to provide brand new Intel Xe Vulkan drivers on Linux with their newer driver, work is still happening to improve the current driver.

Merged recently is support for Sparse Binding on the i915 driver, which is required by vkd3d-proton to support Direct3D 12 features to run plenty of modern games including (according to this feature request) the likes of DEATHLOOP, DIRT 5, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, Forza Horizon 4 and 5 and no doubt plenty more.

So when Mesa 24.0 releases, users of Intel GPUs should hopefully get a much better gaming experience with the i915 driver able to run many more games with Proton. Mesa 24.0 isn't due until early 2024, with Mesa 23.3 due this month.

Eventually too when the newer Xe driver (more on that here) is fully upstreamed, Intel GPU gaming on Linux might be even better with a properly modern system.

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vipor29 Nov 21, 2023
hoping to get ahold of an arc a750
Bumadar Nov 21, 2023
I do wonder how the intel dedicated gfx card development is going, will they continue there efforts and have a follow up for their current generation or is it going to die silently, I not heard much about it, anybody knows ?
GorrumKnight Nov 21, 2023
Currently as long as DX11 is an option we can force that at least. Mesa 23.2 works pretty good for a lot of games already. I mostly have been playing WoW Classic, Warframe, and a bit of Armored Core 6 (DX11 forced ofc). Can't wait to have a Mesa version that finally lets me play Cyberpunk 2077 again.

With any luck if they ever land that Xe driver before we all die of old age, maybe it'll fix the issue where GLCore in 7 Days to Die treats the ARC A770 as an iGPU, lol. Definitely will want to do some testing when it lands to see how it handles vs the i915 driver.
M@GOid Nov 22, 2023
Quoting: BumadarI do wonder how the intel dedicated gfx card development is going, will they continue there efforts and have a follow up for their current generation or is it going to die silently, I not heard much about it, anybody knows ?

My guess is that they slowed down releases of new hardware until their drivers can catch up. The brand is already damaged enough that launching new models will result in more cash loss.

I also don't think they will give up, since they are seeing Nvidia profits in the GPU market and sure they want a slice of that pie. But they also have to start from somewhere, even if the start is problematic as it is right now. They received a lot of goodwill from the community as a alternative from the current duopoly, so that is also encouraging.
CyborgZeta Nov 22, 2023
Great news. I love my Arc A770, but some games just don't start. So far, it's just been Cyberpunk 2077 and the Resident Evil 4 remake. Crisis Core Reunion initially had the same issue, but it started working again last month.

Not a big deal right now, since Cyberpunk and RE4R aren't games I care about; but improved drivers is nonetheless a good thing all around.
Bumadar Nov 22, 2023
Quoting: M@GOid
Quoting: BumadarI do wonder how the intel dedicated gfx card development is going, will they continue there efforts and have a follow up for their current generation or is it going to die silently, I not heard much about it, anybody knows ?

My guess is that they slowed down releases of new hardware until their drivers can catch up. The brand is already damaged enough that launching new models will result in more cash loss.

I also don't think they will give up, since they are seeing Nvidia profits in the GPU market and sure they want a slice of that pie. But they also have to start from somewhere, even if the start is problematic as it is right now. They received a lot of goodwill from the community as a alternative from the current duopoly, so that is also encouraging.

Could be indeed, but this week's nvidia numbers show its all AI that makes them the most, but let's hope you are right.
Izaic Dec 23, 2023
I just grabbed myself a Arc A770 16GB card, and it runs fantastic.
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