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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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liamdawe 21 January 2019 at 12:57 pm UTC
Oh my, what have I done *grabs popcorn*

TF2 isn't a bad game, it's not that I outright hate it or anything, just never clicked with me personally.

When comparing TF2 and Overwatch together side by side, Overwatch just has more of a draw to it. I just can't get excited about being a Soldier, a Pyro or a Scout and so on, they feel like they have no identity whereas Overwatch heroes have such big and loud designs to them and they do look (to me) a lot more interesting and that shows in the gameplay too.

But hey, keep arguing over it ;) play what you want
shigutso 21 January 2019 at 1:08 pm UTC
QuoteOh my, what have I done *grabs popcorn*

It's because you compared a game from 2007 and a game from 2016. Of course old fans will complain

Different eras of gaming, but one is the father of the other.

TF2 was freaking awesome back in the day, and still is for many people. Very far from being "bland".

Just to compare, TFC was released in 1999 and I couldn't even find the release date of the original TF, but let's say it was a few years after Quake 1 (1996). Old games that are still available to play, and they all run on Linux pretty great!
Sojiro84 21 January 2019 at 1:09 pm UTC
Yeah, I have been playing Overwatch as well lately. Just amazing how smooth it feels. I can't play in the highest, but that is because of my ancient 3rd Gen Intel and crappy DDR3 1600Mhz memory, since my GTX 1080 should easily be able to handle it at 4k.

So I got some mixed settings to run it at around 80/95 FPS at 4K. Planning to upgrade my system later this year. AMD CPU for sure and hopefully also a AMD GPU, but only if the new 7nm Navi is amazing.
TimeFreeze 21 January 2019 at 1:09 pm UTC
liamdaweOh my, what have I done *grabs popcorn*

TF2 isn't a bad game, it's not that I outright hate it or anything, just never clicked with me personally.

When comparing TF2 and Overwatch together side by side, Overwatch just has more of a draw to it. I just can't get excited about being a Soldier, a Pyro or a Scout and so on, they feel like they have no identity whereas Overwatch heroes have such big and loud designs to them and they do look (to me) a lot more interesting and that shows in the gameplay too.

But hey, keep arguing over it ;) play what you want

Okay now its over. I declare right here now that im going on a Crusade to destroy Overwatch (which sucks anyways ) and i will not stop until everyone is playing TF2.

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Lumumba 21 January 2019 at 1:28 pm UTC
TF2 has way more interesting game mechanics to master, rocket jumps, reflects, market gardener etc. etc.
but not everyone wants to invest many hours of training to master them.
gustavoyaraujo 21 January 2019 at 2:57 pm UTC
Has anyone tried Heroes of The Storm on Lutris?
shawnsterp 21 January 2019 at 4:46 pm UTC
Hey, Liam, I just gotta say thank you. Because of this, I decided I'd take a look at Overwatch, and was surprised to see that not only does Starcraft 2 have a platinum rating on lutris, but it is also free to play. Never made it to Overwatch (maybe in the future), but I am now reliving my childhood with SC2. Pretty cool.

Anyway, this was certainly not on my radar, so thanks!

BTW: I do have a graphical glitch in the battle.net interface where it is not rendering fonts correctly. It does for SOME things, but not others. In game is not affected, so no big deal, but let me know (anyone) if you know a fix for it. I haven't restarted the machine since I installed all this stuff (never used lutris before) so for all I know it is just that.
Kiba 21 January 2019 at 4:56 pm UTC
devnull
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.
How wanting both sexes (not genders) on a videogame is political? You have a real problem if you think that way.
He didn't say he was offended btw, also i know a lof of women that plays Overwatch every day but i don't know any PERSON that plays TF2 today. But somehow women characters are political and have no place in gaming.
Having a woman in BattlefieldV was political, a way to wash war criminals with SJW bullshit (the only women fighting in the WW2 were soviet women, but let's give a more feminine face to capitalist countries), having woman in a game like Overwatch is not political at all, there is a fucking GORILLA in the game and that's great.
bgh251f2 21 January 2019 at 6:17 pm UTC
Kiba
devnull
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.
How wanting both sexes (not genders) on a videogame is political? You have a real problem if you think that way.
He didn't say he was offended btw, also i know a lof of women that plays Overwatch every day but i don't know any PERSON that plays TF2 today. But somehow women characters are political and have no place in gaming.
Having a woman in BattlefieldV was political, a way to wash war criminals with SJW bullshit (the only women fighting in the WW2 were soviet women, but let's give a more feminine face to capitalist countries), having woman in a game like Overwatch is not political at all, there is a fucking GORILLA in the game and that's great.

Not only Gorilla, there's a hamster and a robot. And they are so diverse when playing. Of course lots of it happens because of the different time the games are available. TF2 is a very old game.

But yeah, I want more women on game, playing and as characters. Gay men too would be good. Don't know a game where I can play as a gay men, except of Mass Effect and Dragon Age series. And I'd like less "faggot and gay" being used as insult during gameplay. No wonder I almost never play multiplayer anymore. Or why i'm running from games with plot. Only once having a story for me would be cool.

It's not about politics, it's about having a game character I can identify myself with in a game that's not a dating simulator.
liamdawe 21 January 2019 at 6:41 pm UTC
I seriously don't get the issue some have with games actually including a more diverse cast

Sin (our streamer, a girl) plays Overwatch religiously and partly because it's so diverse and interesting.
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