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Team Fortress 2 64bit support released, plus Vulkan for Linux via DXVK

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Valve has now launched the 64bit update for Team Fortress 2, which should bring performance improvements for most users. Plus we get Vulkan now too.

After being in Beta since January, the Vulkan support is thanks to DXVK which is now the default launch option for the game on Linux. This replaces Valve's original ToGL translation layer for OpenGL, but it's left in as a Legacy launch option for those who need it.

From the update notes:

  • Added 64-bit support for Windows/Linux client and server
  • Fixed an exploit related to uploading invalid custom decals that would crash other clients

And then a quick follow-up update after:

  • Fixed an issue where the game would be falsely detected as malware by some anti-viruses
  • Fixed a crash relating to using some Unicode characters on Linux

Looks like there's a lot of bug reports flowing in, so expect more updates to come.

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10 comments

artixbtw Apr 19
Should be noted this update fixed nearly every, if not all issues related to fonts, and even added support for coloured glyphs (i.e. emoji).

If you followed any unofficial Linux fix guides, it would be a good idea to remove files related to Linux-specific font fixes now, as they are no longer needed.


Last edited by artixbtw on 19 April 2024 at 10:09 am UTC
ShadMessa Apr 19
Might be time to give this game a try
GetBeaned Apr 19
Ugh, I really can't afford to be sucked into this game again. But it would be rude not to at least see how much better it runs.
Sparhawk Apr 19
I used to play this so much. The fun was amazing. Not sure if I could get back into it.
But it is cool to see this game still going strong!
Valve is getting to work. Soon, soon they will release a new game, I just know it!
Pyretic Apr 19
I'm glad that they did this but I'd just wish that, if they're going to keep this game on maintenance mode, they would just hand this over to an outside team while they keep the IP
WorMzy Apr 19
Quoting: NathanaelKStottlemyerValve is getting to work. Soon, soon they will release a new game, I just know it!

FYI: The 'Valve time' definition of 'soon' is 8-10 years.
chickenb00 Apr 20
Quoting: SparhawkI used to play this so much. The fun was amazing. Not sure if I could get back into it.
But it is cool to see this game still going strong!
Still some of the most fun I've ever had in online gaming. Those clutch moments at match end with the announcer counting down the seconds and both teams converging on the bomb cart at the very end. OVERTIME!
Viesta2015 Apr 20
Quoting: chickenb00
Quoting: SparhawkI used to play this so much. The fun was amazing. Not sure if I could get back into it.
But it is cool to see this game still going strong!
Still some of the most fun I've ever had in online gaming. Those clutch moments at match end with the announcer counting down the seconds and both teams converging on the bomb cart at the very end. OVERTIME!
Literally just had this moment yesterday in a 100 player slot server pushing the cart... me (Medic) and a soldier uber'd and we took all 6 sentries out with that... i think it's called a cowmangler? the electric shooter... and we won the game... for sure a highlight of my TF2 career.
Lofty Apr 20
First time no fonts rendering, second launch after a reboot i get a hard system crash on my system trying to run this (vanilla arch all updated with AMD GPU) nothing esoteric or out of the norm. I don't know why i expected a valve game update to work out of the box on Linux.


slightly off topic, but i seem to remember it being very rare for an application to totally wipe out my system so much so that it needs a hard power down on x11. However on Wayland (Xwayland) it almost never works once the display/fullscreen application has frozen to get to a terminal and try get system back up and running. It seems way less flexible than X11 in this regard, or shall i say way more fragile when an error occurs. Wayland really feels jank at times in crucial areas, i guess it could be even worse if your not local to your machine and you need to fix it remotely.


Last edited by Lofty on 20 April 2024 at 5:38 pm UTC
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