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GameMode, the Linux gaming performance tool has a fresh release out

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What a lovely weekend for some open source releases. Hot on the heels of a new DXVK release, the performance optimization tool GameMode spearheaded by Feral Interactive has a new release out.

Originally starting off as a sort of stop-gap solution due to issues with CPU governors, GameMode has gradually expanded to include a range of features aimed at the performance conscious Linux gamer. It's integrated into some Linux game ports by Feral Interactive including DiRT 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Total War: WARHAMMER II, Total War: Three Kingdoms and Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia.

Highlights from GameMode 1.4:

  • Add new D-Bus methods/properties for use by external tools such as the GameMode GNOME Shell extension (#129, #155, #161).
  • Fix I/O priority and niceness optimisations to apply to the whole process rather than just the thread that requests GameMode (#142).
  • "gamemoded" will now automatically reload the configuration file when it is changed and update optimisations on current clients (#144).
  • Add support for using the client library inside Flatpak by communicating with the daemon via a portal (#146).
  • Client library now uses libdbus rather than sd-bus (#147).
  • Fix "gamemoderun" to use the correct library path depending on whether the app is 32-bit or 64-bit.
  • Support the "GAMEMODERUNEXEC" environment variable to specify an extra wrapper command for games launched with "gamemoderun" (e.g. a hybrid GPU wrapper such as "optirun") (#159).
  • Various other fixes and improvements.

You can find GameMode on GitHub.

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Mountain Man 21 July 2019 at 1:57 pm UTC
I tried GameMode recently with Batman: Arkham City using Proton, and it runs like a native Linux game. Amazing work.
Smilex 21 July 2019 at 3:36 pm UTC
I didn't know about this thing. I think I'll try to integrate it into my silly games.
massatt212 21 July 2019 at 6:46 pm UTC
how do i get verion 1.4 working on Lutris ?
Whitewolfe80 21 July 2019 at 8:59 pm UTC
massatt212how do i get verion 1.4 working on Lutris ?

hit up Matthew comondant on twitter hes probably already posted about it
kokoko3k 22 July 2019 at 8:35 am UTC
Mountain ManI tried GameMode recently with Batman: Arkham City using Proton, and it runs like a native Linux game. Amazing work.
What if you DONT use gamemode?
cprn 22 July 2019 at 4:04 pm UTC
Honestly, I never bothered to check whether I'm using it correctly. I just run:

gamemoded -r

in terminal before running a resource intensive game but fail to notice a difference FPS or stutter wise. Am I doing something wrong or is it just a subtle change?
Smilex 22 July 2019 at 4:40 pm UTC
Not that it will revolutionize Linux gaming, but I decided to put gamemode into the FOSS port of Cortex Command for fun -
donbastiano 23 July 2019 at 5:43 pm UTC
After this news I checked again the Feral radar (hoping in|looking for) a colour change but SoTR is still green ;(
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