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DXVK for Direct3D 11 over Vulkan in Wine has a new 0.60 release

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Summer heat got you parched? Why not wet your whistle with some Wine as DXVK has a fresh release out today.

A Vulkan-based compatibility layer for Direct3D 11 which allows running 3D applications on Linux using Wine.

DXVK 0.60 is a pretty major release, one which bumps up the recommended driver versions to 396.24.02 for NVIDIA and Mesa 18.1.2 for AMD. It also bumps up the required Wine version to Wine 3.10, requires the "VK_EXT_vertex_attribute_divisor" extension and removes workarounds for the Nvidia 390.xx driver series.

As for fixes and improvements, here's what's new:

  • Initial support for 64-bit floating point instructions 
  • Improved context flush behaviour for games which use queries incorrectly
  • Frostpunk: Fixed severe performance degradation caused by inefficient query usage by the game
  • Optimized use of Vulkan pipeline barriers, leading to higher GPU throughput in some games
  • Optimized use of Vulkan descriptor sets, significantly reducing CPU overhead in some games
  • Final Fantasy XV: Fixed flickering geometry issue
  • Fixed synchronization issues with UAV rendering
  • Fixed rare issue causing DXVK to use incorrect image layouts for render targets
  • Timestamp queries now return the correct GPU timer frequency

Full details on GitHub here

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Shmerl 22 June 2018 at 1:59 pm UTC
MohandevirEdit: Thinking about it, even if there is a middleman to support the game, for those that needs wants it, nothing prevents you from downloading the Windows version and hack DXVK + Wine to your need. One doesn't forbide the other. Linux as always been about choices.

To be clear, I have nothing against supported releases, I prefer them even. Since it shows that developers care about Linux gaming if they support the game. I was just pointing out, that in a way, Wine gives us more choice than some publishers who decide what to release for Linux (and where), and what not.
Sputnik_tr_02 22 June 2018 at 2:05 pm UTC
TheSHEEEP396.24.02 for NVIDIA?
Oof... the one currently in the packages is 390.48.
Trying to install more recent drivers from NVidias website has always resulted in completely messing up the graphics drivers - aka nothing works anymore until you repair the X configuration files, etc. Extremely bothersome, so I've stopped using anything that's not in the official packages.
I am using this ppa, never had issues with it on my system, you may want to try.
Mohandevir 22 June 2018 at 2:08 pm UTC
Shmerl
MohandevirEdit: Thinking about it, even if there is a middleman to support the game, for those that needs wants it, nothing prevents you from downloading the Windows version and hack DXVK + Wine to your need. One doesn't forbide the other. Linux as always been about choices.

To be clear, I have nothing against supported releases, I prefer them even. Since it shows that developers care about Linux gaming if they support the game. I was just pointing out, that in a way, Wine gives us more choice than some publishers who decide what to release for Linux (and where), and what not.

And, for my part, I use DXVK + Wine to play Witcher 3.
nox 22 June 2018 at 2:27 pm UTC
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MohandevirThinking about my 10 years old son setting up DXVK and wine to play a game... Not. He's going to switch back to the PS4 in 2 seconds.
While this isn't completely relevant to the ideas that are being discussed:
Honestly, now that lutris installers are starting to adopt it we aren't far away from where a 10 year old can easily install DXVK+wine+a game.
Mohandevir 22 June 2018 at 2:32 pm UTC
nox
MohandevirThinking about my 10 years old son setting up DXVK and wine to play a game... Not. He's going to switch back to the PS4 in 2 seconds.
While this isn't completely relevant to the ideas that are being discussed:
Honestly, now that lutris installers are starting to adopt it we aren't far away from where a 10 year old can easily install DXVK+wine+a game.

True enough. Forgot about flatpaks and snap apps too. Still, I don't know how they can handle non-free games to stay legit...


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Shmerl 22 June 2018 at 2:45 pm UTC
MohandevirTrue enough. Forgot about flatpaks and snap apps too. Still, I don't know how they can handle non-free games to stay legit...

Same as POL / Lutris do I suppose. They provide scripts to set up the environment for Wine, but you still need to provide the installer for the actual game first.


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Mohandevir 22 June 2018 at 2:55 pm UTC
Shmerl
MohandevirTrue enough. Forgot about flatpaks and snap apps too. Still, I don't know how they can handle non-free games to stay legit...

Same as POL / Lutris do I suppose. They provide scripts to set up the environment for Wine, but you still need to provide the installer for the actual game first.

It always comes to the same thing: You need to provide the windows installer. This is not a solution for beginners. Maybe snap apps and/or flatpaks will appear in online stores, in the futur, but is there any advantages to a standard wine-wrapped game?
Shmerl 22 June 2018 at 2:56 pm UTC
MohandevirIt always comes to the same thing: You need to provide the windows installer. This is not a solution for beginners.

How is it harder than using the installer on Windows? GOG provide installers for instance, you just install them on Linux, using needed tools. The benefit of PlayOnLinux, Lutris and other wrapper scripts is that they simplify Wine configuration.

Mohandevirbut is there any advantages to a standard wine-wrapped game?

No advantage that I can see, besides sandboxing.


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Mohandevir 22 June 2018 at 3:05 pm UTC
Shmerl
MohandevirIt always comes to the same thing: You need to provide the windows installer. This is not a solution for beginners.

How is it harder than using the installer on Windows? GOG provide installers for instance, you just install them on Linux, using needed tools. The benefit of PlayOnLinux, Lutris and other wrapper scripts is that they simplify Wine configuration.

Not much. But believe me, my experience with multiple newcomers to Linux showed me that it doesn't take much to make them drop. From the start, the UI needs adaptation and then apps that are replaced by new ones (even if they are more performant)... Then you add a tool that doesn't work the same way as on "the other OS"... You get a: "I quit" pretty fast.

Edit: In fact my most successfull conversion experience was with my 74 years old father... He had no Windows background. Lol!


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nox 22 June 2018 at 3:20 pm UTC
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MohandevirNot much. But believe me, my experience with multiple newcomers to Linux showed me that it doesn't take much to make them drop. From the start, the UI needs adaptation and then apps that are replaced by new ones (even if they are more performant)... Then you add a tool that doesn't work the same way as on "the other OS"... You get a: "I quit" pretty fast.

Edit: In fact my most successfull conversion experience was with my 74 years old father... He had no Windows background. Lol!
Don't think many can argue against this, but this goes no matter what. Even Linux people giving a different DE a go can end up with the same reaction. People for the most part don't like change, and that's something that will always be an issue no matter how well wine, and even native games, works.
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