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I’m in shock at just how well Overwatch runs with the latest DXVK and Lutris

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You might remember, that back in September last year I talked a little about Lutris and Overwatch [Official Site] together and how it was working well. Here’s an update on how it’s been going.

Overwatch, developed by Blizzard, is an online team-based shooter that feels a lot like Team Fortress 2 from Valve. However, as much as I’ve tried to get into TF2 it just doesn’t stick. TF2 feels like it has no identity, it feels…bland.

Overwatch on the other hand, is an incredibly exciting experience and I’m still very much a beginner. It has a pretty loud and proud identity, along with various animated shorts which help to suck you into the world. It’s something friends play practically religiously too, so it’s one of those times where I’ve felt a bit left out, well—no more!

When I tried it previously back in September last year, the performance was pretty good. Fast-forward multiple months, a few new versions of DXVK have come along and the experience is mind-blowing. I don’t want to oversell it, but seriously it’s so smooth I completely forget that the work done to get it working on Linux wasn’t done by Blizzard directly.

I should note, there’s still one downside. Before a cache is built, it will stutter and it doesn’t look good. However, before even when the cache had built there would still be odd bits of noticeable stutter and slowdowns. Since switching over to DXVK 0.95, that’s basically all gone. Honestly, it’s smoother than the majority of actual Linux versions of games I’ve played recently and that’s saying something big.

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My complete lack of skill aside, how smooth it is in that video I took of a recent game should speak for itself. You can see how well it performs and that’s with it on very high settings.

Additionally, an issue where the Blizzard Battle.net client would fail to login and say it went to sleep (something like that anyway) also seems to have gone away so that’s awesome too. The only issue I’m left with, is it starting in windowed mode needing a quick ALT+ENTER to fix and away I go. That’s less effort than I have to put into for some “native” Linux games, so it really doesn’t bother me.

It’s funny really, some of my own first steps on Linux involved mucking about with Wine. Here I am some thirteen years later, enjoying another game thanks to it (DXVK has helped a lot too of course). In a world without Windows, having Overwatch run rather nicely on Linux could be a big help for those looking to switch and test the waters.

Another shout out to Lutris, for making installing and managing the game a mostly painless experience. If you do have issues with Overwatch on Linux, this page can certainly help.

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bgh251f2 21 January 2019 at 10:55 am UTC
The main issue with TF2 for me is that the game really got worse after going free. It's harder and less fun.

Also there is a complete lack of diversity among the chars. No women is really saddening. And no, Pyro doesn't count because there is no way to know that (s)he is a women.
dpanter 21 January 2019 at 11:26 am UTC
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I'm guessing the jerky aiming in the video is due to Liam playing with a controller...
Lolo01 21 January 2019 at 11:33 am UTC
Strange, it stutters more now for me than back in September.
shigutso 21 January 2019 at 11:35 am UTC
QuoteTF2 feels like it has no identity, it feels…bland.

Come on man, Team Fortress is the one that started it all, maybe it doesn't feel "modern" for today's standards, but it's still a great game, without it Overwatch probably wouldn't exist

Used to play TF (Quake 1 mod) a lot when I was a teenager, then played some TFC (HL1 mod) and have a few hundred hours in TF2

Overwatch is cool, but all TF versions have native Linux support, so let's give them some praise shall we
liamdawe 21 January 2019 at 11:45 am UTC
shigutso
QuoteTF2 feels like it has no identity, it feels…bland.

Come on man, Team Fortress is the one that started it all, maybe it doesn't feel "modern" for today's standards, but it's still a great game, without it Overwatch probably wouldn't exist
TF2 sure did become an inspiration for many games, doesn't mean it's not old and stale though.

shigutsoOverwatch is cool, but all TF versions have native Linux support, so let's give them some praise shall we
Sorry, blind praise for being on Linux is something I don't and will never do
liamdawe 21 January 2019 at 11:46 am UTC
dpanterI'm guessing the jerky aiming in the video is due to Liam playing with a controller...
Nah, I'm just crap mate , jokes aside it's my dodgy wrist that makes FPS games difficult.
devnull 21 January 2019 at 11:58 am UTC
Quote... as much as I’ve tried to get into TF2 it just doesn’t stick. TF2 feels like it has no identity, it feels…bland.

Quotejust don't see it. To me, TF2 has such a basic and uninteresting design to it. It has as much character as any other shooter out there. I mean, just look at the classes, they're extremely generic. You have a Medic, a Soldier and so on. Where's the character in that? There is none.

Huh? A Medic and a Soldier have nothing in common, how is that generic? I mean, I get you never liked TF2 but trust me there are people who do, thousands of us. TF2 meta goes back a lot longer then Overwatch.

bgh251f2The main issue with TF2 for me is that the game really got worse after going free. It's harder and less fun.

It's been Free for a long time. I'd agree if you'd said since valve became hostile toward community servers but not from strictly being free.

bgh251f2Also there is a complete lack of diversity among the chars. No women is really saddening. And no, Pyro doesn't count because there is no way to know that (s)he is a women.

... LOL, K. Overwatche(d) can keep that little political bombshell, it has no place in gaming. There are female models if it offends you that much I do know women who play TF2, gender has never been an issue for them.
mirv 21 January 2019 at 12:18 pm UTC
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While I don't personally enjoy the design of Overwatch, or TF2 for that matter (original TF I did), having these sorts of games running (using FOSS interfaces no less) really is a good thing. When wine ran Mechwarrior Online (not anymore though sadly) was when I entirely ditched Windows. Not having to dual boot for a game really does improve the experience of desktop GNU/Linux a lot.

devnull... LOL, K. Overwatche(d) can keep that little political bombshell, it has no place in gaming. There are female models if it offends you that much I do know women who play TF2, gender has never been an issue for them.

Political or not, trying to be not male dominated models by default does help expand and include more players I think. If nothing else, it adds variety.
This can become a touchy subject with people (I don't direct that at anyone, I just mean in general) so that's my only comment.
monnef 21 January 2019 at 12:31 pm UTC
devnull
Quote... as much as I’ve tried to get into TF2 it just doesn’t stick. TF2 feels like it has no identity, it feels…bland.

Quotejust don't see it. To me, TF2 has such a basic and uninteresting design to it. It has as much character as any other shooter out there. I mean, just look at the classes, they're extremely generic. You have a Medic, a Soldier and so on. Where's the character in that? There is none.

Huh? A Medic and a Soldier have nothing in common, how is that generic? I mean, I get you never liked TF2 but trust me there are people who do, thousands of us. TF2 meta goes back a lot longer then Overwatch.

Well, from a graphical design standpoint, they are quite bland compared to e.g. Mercy and Reinhardt (I guess similar roles in both games). I played TF2 for some time, but it seemed too much pay2win (hats and equip affecting gameplay). I too find characters in Overwatch more unique and compelling - different skills required, various hero skills, very different game-play for many heroes. Sure, TF2 has some of it too, but only to much smaller degree.

devnull
bgh251f2The main issue with TF2 for me is that the game really got worse after going free. It's harder and less fun.

It's been Free for a long time. I'd agree if you'd said since valve became hostile toward community servers but not from strictly being free.

bgh251f2Also there is a complete lack of diversity among the chars. No women is really saddening. And no, Pyro doesn't count because there is no way to know that (s)he is a women.

... LOL, K. Overwatche(d) can keep that little political bombshell, it has no place in gaming. There are female models if it offends you that much I do know women who play TF2, gender has never been an issue for them.

Yeah, that is one thing I hate on Overwatch. Blizzard is trying too hard to virtue signal, censoring community, pro players and now it seems they are even threatening to steal (paid games from your account) if you trigger someone on twitch (so not even in the game itself). Their last lame attempt at deflecting backlash from sexism against men in Overwatch contenders/league (the "fake pro-girl") and racism on workplace (over year of racist remarks being allowed, even after weekly complaints, leading the dude to even consider suicide) with new lazy "lore", aka "look, soldier is gay ?".
TimeFreeze 21 January 2019 at 12:31 pm UTC
Wait how can someone like Overwatch but not Team Fortress 2? *Confused Screaming*

For me i like TF2 a lot. WAY more than Overwatch. I just dislike Overwatch at this point. Crap new Heroes. You only get stupid randoms when you play Ranked. 5 DPS and 1 Healer? What could POSSIBLE go wrong. Or bastions and torbjorns. Or hey switch to an actual healer because everyone knows Lucio sucks or im gonna go Torb and just troll. God i hate it. As long as you dont have a full 6 Player Team dont even bother playing it really. But still....a better game than Killing Floor 2 THAT Community can just straight go to hell.
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