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Arma 3 Available For Linux In A Beta

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Arma 3 is now downloadable and playable on Linux, but be warned it's early days for the port, and the port may not graduate to official status.

You can find more information on their official port page here. This page will detail limitations and such, and is an important read.

Early reports are encouraging though, with one user noting they are getting a solid 60FPS at 1440p resolution on a 970.

I ordered a copy to play around with, as I was too impatient to wait to see if we could get a key. During my livestream of it I played over an hour, and everything pretty much worked as expected. I was able to get a good solid framerate, and most importantly smooth gameplay on Very High settings on my Nvidia 970.

The game is very CPU heavy, so it's really not for lower-end users, please remember that. It's a hog even on Windows.

Find Arma 3 on Steam, but only buy it if you're prepare to lose access to it on Linux if it doesn't get promoted to stable in future. I hope it works out for both VP and the Arma developers, as it would be a great game to have officially on Linux.

Specifications
MINIMUM
OS - Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS 64-bit or Mint 17.1 64-bit or similar Linux distribution
PROCESSOR - Intel Core i5 2.8 GHz or AMD FX 8350 4 GHz
GRAPHICS - OpenGL 4.1 compliant graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 or AMD HD 7850)
GPU MEMORY - 1 GB
RAM - 4 GB
HARD DRIVE - 15 GB free space

Thanks to a regular Arma 3 player, I was linked to this benchmark mission pack. It gives you two levels to run, and gives you an average at the end. You need to extract them into the Missions folder inside the Arma 3 install directory. From there you can select from from the Scenarios section.

Benchmark #1 Very High preset
Intel i5 4670K, Nvidia 970 (352.41), 16GB DDR3

Resolution: 1920x1080
Sampling: 100 per cent
View Distance: 2000
Object view distance: 1286
Shadow: 100
Bloom: 0
Radial blur: 0
Rotation blur: 0
Depth of field & Sharpen filter set to 100 (default)
Vsync disabled.
FSAA 4X.

Stratis: Average: 67FPS
Altis: Average: 68FPS

Benchmark #2 Very High preset
Intel i5 4670K, Nvidia 970 (352.41), 16GB DDR3

Resolution: 1920x1080
Sampling: 100 per cent
View Distance: 2579
Object view distance: 1547
Shadow: 100
Bloom: 0
Radial blur: 0
Rotation blur: 0
Depth of field & Sharpen filter set to 100 (default)
Vsync disabled.
FSAA 6X.

Stratis: Average: 58FPS
Altis: Average: 59FPS

I will be very interested to see your results.
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sigz 31 August 2015 at 4:38 pm UTC
With vsync on ultra gfx I was locked @30fps (on my i5 4690k+gf770 ), then I managed to unlock vsync and framerate became 45/50fps. (Mouse doesn't interact on UI for me, so it is very hard to play with options)
liamdawe 31 August 2015 at 4:43 pm UTC
You know what, fuck it. I would like to support VP's effort here, purchased.
dubigrasu 31 August 2015 at 4:45 pm UTC
liamdaweYou know what, fuck it. I would like to support VP's effort here, purchased.
That's the spirit!
aristorias 31 August 2015 at 4:54 pm UTC
Does it run with AMD at all? I own an A10-7850k...
Swiftpaw 31 August 2015 at 4:58 pm UTC
Even though my mate who has Arma 3 has his games shared out, I'm not seeing it in his full list of shared games (including Windows games). Very strange...

Either way, definitely not donating to them unless they bring the Linux version. Hope their effort is successful. See no reason why it wouldn't be though considering previous VP ports.
wojtek88 31 August 2015 at 5:00 pm UTC
liamdaweYou know what, fuck it. I would like to support VP's effort here, purchased.
Good move Liam. I know we have whole wrapper vs native port discussion under every VP related post, and I don't want to start one here. But there is something that we have to admire in VP - Peter Mulholland and his team are trying to respond to every reported issue and they are open to discussion regarding their product (Peter responded to me for one of my issue on 22:30 GT on Saturday ). And - what's most important - they are working on their ports and their product - eon wrapper. From my perspective they deserve to be supported by us.

Btw. I wonder - @Liam will your purchase be considered as Linux purchase if game does not have Steam OS logo?


Last edited by wojtek88 at 31 August 2015 at 5:01 pm UTC
pete910 31 August 2015 at 5:02 pm UTC
aristoriasDoes it run with AMD at all? I own an A10-7850k...

Would like to know too, 290x user here. Anyone?
dubigrasu 31 August 2015 at 5:03 pm UTC
SwiftpawEven though my mate who has Arma 3 has his games shared out, I'm not seeing it in his full list of shared games (including Windows games). Very strange...

Either way, definitely not donating to them unless they bring the Linux version. Hope their effort is successful. See no reason why it wouldn't be though considering previous VP ports.
This game is excluded from the Steam sharing service.
Samsai 31 August 2015 at 5:04 pm UTC
pete910
aristoriasDoes it run with AMD at all? I own an A10-7850k...

Would like to know too, 290x user here. Anyone?
Your friendly neighbourhood idiot with a big wallet is here to save you.
edo 31 August 2015 at 5:05 pm UTC
If the game is bought now, is it counted as a linux purchase? since the game is windows-only on the store. If I had to bet I would say than it will count as a windows key.


Last edited by edo at 31 August 2015 at 5:06 pm UTC
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