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Here's something interesting, the Path of Exile team have put out a news post giving some answers to questions from the community and it has some interesting bits in it for us.

What is Path of Exile? It's a pretty popular online Action RPG, set in a dark fantasy world. Going by the numbers on Steam, it regularly sees a player count well above sixteen thousand people playing at once.

In the post they said this about Linux support:

Do you have any plans on implementing Ubuntu support? Currently it's too hard to run PoE on it.

I would like to add Linux support for the game client (the game servers actually already run on Linux, as it's what we use for our online infrastructure). It's a difficult project to prioritise because such a small slice of our playerbase runs Linux on their desktop. I switched from Linux to Windows in 2006 to work on PoE, so I appreciate how important this would be for those players.

As for the question about implementing Vulkan, they simply said a very clear "Yes.". You can see more in the official post.

One thing that does bug me, is the reasoning of their own playerbase only having a "small slice" that run Linux. It's kind of a 'well duh' moment, since the game isn't actually on Linux they can't realistically expect to see many. I'm well aware of course that our market share isn't huge but what do they expect?

At least if/when it does gain Vulkan support, those running it with Steam Play or Wine should see a better performance. If you want to see it on Linux officially though, now might be the time to let them know.

Hat tip to "PoELinuxFan".

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pb 9 May 2019 at 10:50 am UTC
Neat, I would "like" to try it out.
Maweki 9 May 2019 at 10:55 am UTC
Sadly, as far as I know, this is still "standing-behind-stuff - The Game". I found the camera and the obscured vision by everything from pillars and trees to walls infuriating. Judging from the screenshot they still haven't added outlines for obscured items and characters. This is very basic stuff.
TheSHEEEP 9 May 2019 at 10:59 am UTC
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QuoteUbuntu support? Currently it's too hard to run PoE on it.
Sorry, what?
Steam -> Steam Play -> Download & play PoE.
How is that hard?

I mean, sure, native would be even better, for performance alone, but PoE is definitely one of the best running games on Proton right now (at leat post Proton 4.2). Most of the problems reported on ProtonDB are actually bugs/performance issues of the game itself (like heavy stuttering when shit hits the fan) which happen on Windows as well.
I'd know, I played on both platforms for dozens of hours ;)
Kiba 9 May 2019 at 11:12 am UTC
Vulkan support would be enough, the game works really fine on Proton now, any performance gain is welcomed.
Nanobang 9 May 2019 at 11:54 am UTC
Lol, I just uninstalled it from my HDD because I hadn't gotten around to playing it yet and it just kept getting humongous-er with frequent double-digit, multi-GB-sized updates. I'd love to see it switch to Vulkan, to be sure. I'd love to see all my games switched to Vulkan, come to that. Look, I guess what I'm saying is I fuckin' love Linux!


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mirv 9 May 2019 at 12:22 pm UTC
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Is Path of Exile only on Steam? Because otherwise I might nudge those talking about "Proton" that it would be better for it to run well under vanilla wine more than anything else (because that should be available from any distro package manager). I mean, it probably does (I don't play this game), just wanted to be more specific (it's a small detail perhaps, but in my view an important one).

If they had (proper) Vulkan support though, I daresay the rest would fall into place with wine quite easily. Native might still be better for non-graphical components (networking I guess is a pretty big part of this game), but using Vulkan removes a massive blocker for getting a native version working, and wine could act as a semi-official way of running the game in the meantime then.
Mountain Man 9 May 2019 at 12:44 pm UTC
TheSHEEEP
QuoteUbuntu support? Currently it's too hard to run PoE on it.
Sorry, what?
Steam -> Steam Play -> Download & play PoE.
How is that hard?

I mean, sure, native would be even better, for performance alone, but PoE is definitely one of the best running games on Proton right now (at leat post Proton 4.2). Most of the problems reported on ProtonDB are actually bugs/performance issues of the game itself (like heavy stuttering when shit hits the fan) which happen on Windows as well.
I'd know, I played on both platforms for dozens of hours ;)
As far as I know, it has always worked well in Wine. It's just that, in my opinion, the game is boring and not worth the trouble.
scaine 9 May 2019 at 12:58 pm UTC
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Weirdly, I started downloading this game last night. It's a 22Gb download though, so I didn't get around to actually playing it! I'll give it a go in SteamPlay, as I was/am a huge fan of Victor Vran, and this seems to have even more players.
lqe5433 9 May 2019 at 2:15 pm UTC
If a game uses Vulkan, then almost no conversion is needed with WINE/proton?


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mirv 9 May 2019 at 2:23 pm UTC
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lqe5433If a game uses Vulkan, then almost no conversion is needed with WINE/proton?

Almost not _graphical_ conversion is needed. There's still plenty of other code that may not map directly (input handling, networking, system calls, 3rd party libs, audio, etc). It's just that the graphical translation is considered the most difficult to achieve, and obviously the most visible.
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