XWayland, the way to run older games and applications that don't yet have native Wayland support has a brand new release out, bringing new features. XWayland is needed, as a large amount of software will take time to move from X11 to Wayland, and some might never do it.
As per the official version 22.1.0 announcement on the mailing list, the highlights of what's new includes:
- DRM lease support
- Enables sRGB fbconfigs in GLX
- Requires libxcvt
- Refactoring of the present code in Xwayland
- Implements support for touchpad gestures
- Support for xfixes's ClientDisconnectMode and optional terminate delay
The big one being DRM lease support, which we mentioned in a previous article. One area this will really help is Virtual Reality (VR) HMDs on Linux, as developer Drew DeVault explained in a previous blog post giving some background to it all.
In short: it should mean that you're able to play VR games of all sorts on Wayland, when they're run through XWayland. All part of the package of ensuring everything works on Wayland, which is over the next year going to quickly expand across more distributions by default over the ageing X11.