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The Witcher 2 Improves With A New Round Of Beta

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Virtual Programming are again delivering on their promises of better performance. The Witcher 2 has kicked off another round of beta versions and it comes with AMD related fixes too.

Changelog
-Workaround for AMD Catalyst's broken ARB_texture_storage support. We detect Catalyst and disable this extension, for now. AMD have told us that this will be fixed in their next driver release.
-Change to memory management - a much smaller "reserve" section is used, and our heap manager now uses regular mmap() allocations. Limited inhouse testing seems to suggest this is more performant and better with large texture loads.

A small changelog, but the difference is noteworthy. For one thing AMD actually had broken something in their more recent Catalyst drivers on Linux, so VP have worked around the problem. I want to hear all AMD owners cheer now they can play it on newer drivers.

The second change while it may seem small has actually given me around a ~10FPS boost in all tested settings. The Witcher 2 is now perfectly playable on high settings on 1280x720 on an Nvidia 560ti. That's an immense performance difference from the first released version, and we should seriously give credit where it is due here.

See my previous article on the last version here, where you can see at MED 1280x720 I was getting around 40.7FPS fluctuating mostly downwards. Now see where it's at for me on HIGH:
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53FPS on 1280x720.

I am looking forward to more beta goodness to bring on the performance crown.

Remember to report any issues that you have on the github here.
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GoCorinthians 2 September 2014 at 4:00 pm UTC
Keep it coming. Would be great if more and more games keep coming in the easy-way for devs with tools such as EON, Wine...!
Imants 2 September 2014 at 4:49 pm UTC
GoCorinthiansKeep it coming. Would be great more games coming in easy-way for devs like EON, Wine!

I would not mind if old titles would be brought to us like this.
Izberion 2 September 2014 at 4:58 pm UTC
If you're getting 53 FPS with a 560ti I wonder what my 770 will get.
liamdawe 2 September 2014 at 5:02 pm UTC
IzberionIf you're getting 53 FPS with a 560ti I wonder what my 770 will get.

Try it on high, 1280x720 with vsync off and let me know what you get. Interested to see.
n30p1r4t3 2 September 2014 at 5:16 pm UTC
Still well over 60 fps on Ultra on my 860M at 1080p.
oldrocker99 2 September 2014 at 6:21 pm UTC
The eON wrapper works (by now) very well for The Witcher 2, and I would love to see them make one for Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim! The latter two work just fine with Steam For Windows installed using PlayOnLinux, but I'd rather see them in my Linux Steam library.
Teodosio 2 September 2014 at 6:43 pm UTC
I am very happy now with the performance of The Witcher 2. The game is great BTW.
The only problem is that I am getting crashes from time to time, I am using the included self-report tool to report them automatically.
sev 2 September 2014 at 7:01 pm UTC
How do you see you frame rate?

All I know is that it works for me.
berillions 2 September 2014 at 7:24 pm UTC
60FPS with my GTX770 + Ultra graphic settings without UberSampling and 1920*1080
25-30FPS with my GTX770 + Ultra graphic settings with UberSampling and 1920*1080
GoCorinthians 2 September 2014 at 7:44 pm UTC
berillions60FPS with my GTX770 + Ultra graphic settings without UberSampling and 1920*1080
25-30FPS with my GTX770 + Ultra graphic settings with UberSampling and 1920*1080
Same FPS here at release on linux...but selled mines already! to get next nvidias
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