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SteamOS beta update brings in a new Nvidia driver with Vulkan support

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SteamOS Brewmaster update 2.63 has been pushed to brewmaster_beta, if you are opted into the beta on SteamOS you will get an updated Nvidia driver featuring Vulkan support.

Valve has been on the 352 driver series for Nvidia for quite some time, so it's nice to see a more up to date driver being used.

Good to see Valve get in on this early, although there's nothing we can really do with it right now. At least when The Talos Principle brings out their Linux beta version featuring Vulkan in a few days SteamOS users can join in on the fun.

Remember though folks, the Nvidia driver with Vulkan isn't yet stable.

On top of that it features the usual security updates.

See the full changelog of SteamOS 2.63 here. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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drjoms 18 February 2016 at 11:45 pm UTC
i am on Gentoo, so those drivers are not installed by default.
Linas 19 February 2016 at 12:26 am UTC
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I am stuck with 352 right now, because I could not get 355 to work with primus. Although the nice thing about hybrid graphics is that I don't end up with a broken system when that happens.
aFoxNamedMorris 19 February 2016 at 2:51 am UTC
LinasI am stuck with 352 right now, because I could not get 355 to work with primus. Although the nice thing about hybrid graphics is that I don't end up with a broken system when that happens.

I keep backups of the last working driver and have SSH enabled. This way, if a driver doesn't work, or is broken for any reason on my system, a phone or tablet can be used to reinstall the last working driver and/or generate a new xorg.conf.
Cestarian 19 February 2016 at 3:03 am UTC
Now just to wait for Source 2 with Vulkan, and Dota 2 with vulkan.

aFoxNamedMorris
LinasI am stuck with 352 right now, because I could not get 355 to work with primus. Although the nice thing about hybrid graphics is that I don't end up with a broken system when that happens.

I keep backups of the last working driver and have SSH enabled. This way, if a driver doesn't work, or is broken for any reason on my system, a phone or tablet can be used to reinstall the last working driver and/or generate a new xorg.conf.

Did it ever occur to you that fixing a bad display driver shouldn't be this hard? (I bet there's a kernel commandline option you could input to grub to switch back to nouveau while you fix it; but damn the kernel really should be able to detect when something is wrong with your graphics drivers and be able to fallback to something... but if not the kernel, save us! systemd! save us!)


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mao_dze_dun 19 February 2016 at 6:12 am UTC
No need to hurry. I checked the Windows benchmarks yesterday - seems for now Talos performs worse with Vulkan, so there is hardly a rush for people to use the latest driver.
berillions 19 February 2016 at 6:59 am UTC
maodzedunNo need to hurry. I checked the Windows benchmarks yesterday - seems for now Talos performs worse with Vulkan, so there is hardly a rush for people to use the latest driver.

1- Vulkan has 3 days ago
2- Croteam has ported their engine to Vulkan in 3 months. They said too that the portage is not "completly" good
3- Wait before to say that Vulkan is a big shit
Cestarian 19 February 2016 at 7:13 am UTC
^you two seem to be forgetting completely that vulkan is only supported on beta drivers at this moment, it is not fleshed out yet by any display drivers.

And yes, porting a game engine's graphical code is probably going to take a bit longer than 3 months to work properly. They said themselves this is an early implementation, and for an "early implementation" to render perfectly (no image quality discrepencies between vulkan and DX11 version) and perform at roughly the same level as their opengl driver already did is bloody impressive for just 3 months of work.

Have you seen the "early implementations" of the OpenGL and DX12 renderers on Unreal Engine 4? They weren't fucking pretty. The "early implementation" of OpenGL on Cryengine? It was a horror show after bloody years of on and off work! croteam is doing amazingly well.

Let's just wait to see Valve's source 2 games on vulkan, and hope they do better.


Last edited by Cestarian at 19 February 2016 at 7:45 am UTC
Liam Dawe 19 February 2016 at 8:07 am UTC
maodzedunNo need to hurry. I checked the Windows benchmarks yesterday - seems for now Talos performs worse with Vulkan, so there is hardly a rush for people to use the latest driver.

Worse than DX11 as Vulkan in Talos isn't using multithreading yet, but Vulkan in Talos already beats OpenGL, so actually it would be nice to have it.


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wojtek88 19 February 2016 at 8:29 am UTC
TheBossVulkan in Talos already beats OpenGL, so actually it would be nice to have it.
I am eager to test it. It will be great to have better performance in Talos Principle.

But wait... I have 540m gt card. I won't be able to use Vulkan before hardware update. Bummer...
const 19 February 2016 at 8:56 am UTC
wojtek88
TheBossVulkan in Talos already beats OpenGL, so actually it would be nice to have it.
I am eager to test it. It will be great to have better performance in Talos Principle.

But wait... I have 540m gt card. I won't be able to use Vulkan before hardware update. Bummer...

NVIDIA VP urges people to show demand. Seeing how many people still run or even buy 550ti's, I'd say: make some noise.
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