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D8VK is an in-progress implementation of Direct3D 8 for DXVK

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While we have VKD3D-Proton for Direct3D 12 to Vulkan and DXVK for Direct3D 9 / 10 / 11 to Vulkan translation, what about Direct3D 8? D8VK is an upcoming in-progress project for that.

I've been aware of this for a while but after checking back on it, the project seems to be coming along rather nicely to support some older classics and get them performing well with Wine / Steam Play Proton. It even had a first pre-release build back in December 2022 and work continues on it now. ProtonUp-Qt even added support for it in a previous release too.

Going by their list of supported games, it's looking quite impressive on what it can run already but it seems plenty of work is still ahead before it's truly ready. Some of what they list as playable on Linux with it includes:

  • 7 Wonders Magical Mystery Tour
  • Advent Rising
  • Age of Mythology
  • A.I.M.: Artificial Intelligence Machines
  • A.I.M. 2: Clan Wars
  • A.I.M. Racing
  • Anito: Defend a Land Enraged
  • Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing
  • Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon
  • AquaNox
  • Arma: Cold War Assault
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War
  • Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
  • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
  • Enclave
  • Europa 1400: The Guild
  • Freedom Force
  • Freelancer
  • Gang Garrison 2
  • Ghost Recon
  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Hidden And Dangerous 2
  • Hotline Miami
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb
  • Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death
  • Killing Floor
  • KnightShift (aka Polanie 2)
  • Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2
  • Mafia
  • Max Payne
  • Mobile Forces
  • Postal 2
  • RC Cars
  • Red Faction II
  • Rise of Nations
  • Scrapland Remastered
  • Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring
  • Sam & Max Save the World
  • Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space
  • Silent Hill 2
  • Silent Hill 3
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Splinter Cell
  • Star Trek: Armada II
  • Star Wars: Starfighter
  • Still Life
  • Syberia II
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Simpsons: Hit & Run
  • The Temple of Elemental Evil
  • Thief: Deadly Shadows
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
  • True Crime: Streets of LA
  • Unreal II: The Awakening
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • URU: Complete Chronicles
  • Worms Blast
  • X2: The Threat
  • XIII (Classic)
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mrdeathjr Feb 15, 2023
I have some testing with my intel UHD 630 GT2 and progress is impressive

No One Lives Forever 2 D8VK

007 Nightfire D8VK

Virtua Tennis 1 D8VK

Last edited by mrdeathjr on 15 February 2023 at 10:53 pm UTC
hardpenguin Feb 15, 2023
I was about to say that this kind of project does not seem that much useful because you can use dgVoodoo 2 with Wine and Proton... But this list is impressive!
Liam Dawe Feb 15, 2023
Quoting: hardpenguinI was about to say that this kind of project does not seem that much useful because you can use dgVoodoo 2 with Wine and Proton... But this list is impressive!
Well, I think something like this would be more useful in the end since there would be one less step in the translation and if it eventually got merged into DXVK then you wouldn't need to do anything.
AdamRHargreaves Feb 15, 2023
Sounds great, and is really nice to see some older frameworks getting polished up.

Is there a similar project for DX7 I wonder?
Termy Feb 15, 2023
small typo: for Direct3D>12< to Vulkan :)

If the project offers the same performance uplift life dxvk compared to wineD3D, it might be a nice thing for weak retro-'konsoles' ^^
Liam Dawe Feb 15, 2023
Quoting: Termysmall typo: for Direct3D>12< to Vulkan :)
Thanks but please use the Corrections button so corrections aren’t missed instead of comments.
Termy Feb 15, 2023
Quoting: Liam DaweThanks but please use the Corrections button so corrections aren’t missed instead of comments.

My bad, never noticed that being there tbh
Pengling Feb 15, 2023
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Klaas Feb 15, 2023
The list of supported games contains two items that hurt:

1) Red Faction II: What a bland game and horrible sequel to a fun game. The first one isn't without flaws, but it has good moments.

2) GTA 3: I'm still very annoyed with the way re3 was handled – probably only to promote the cheaply made remaster.
Shmerl Feb 15, 2023
Oh, nice to see Freelancer is supported.
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