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This XCOM 2 video shows Linux and Windows very close in performance

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Another excellent comparison video from Penguin Recordings has shown just how close XCOM 2 is on Linux and Windows, and Linux actually beats Windows in some tests.

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Pretty good work by Feral Interactive really to have it so closely matched up. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Teal 18 Feb, 2016
QuoteThrough the development of this video, I obtained results I didn't think I would. I went into this expecting the usual 20% upwards to 50% loss of performance with the Linux title versus the base Windows title.

At first, the 361 driver on Linux gave me those kinds of results. Then I tested the 358 drivers, and it's a world of difference! To note, this same driver on Windows makes no difference. I have a feeling we've lost performance on the Linux driver due to the recent addition of GLVND.

So apparently, the game runs significantly better on 358 driver than the 361 driver?

I don't have time to test it, can anybody here?
Teodosio 18 Feb, 2016
Quoting: Teal
QuoteThrough the development of this video, I obtained results I didn't think I would. I went into this expecting the usual 20% upwards to 50% loss of performance with the Linux title versus the base Windows title.

At first, the 361 driver on Linux gave me those kinds of results. Then I tested the 358 drivers, and it's a world of difference! To note, this same driver on Windows makes no difference. I have a feeling we've lost performance on the Linux driver due to the recent addition of GLVND.

So apparently, the game runs significantly better on 358 driver than the 361 driver?

I don't have time to test it, can anybody here?

That was my impression as well, I noticed a drastic performance drop after I installed 361.28. I may have to roll back.


Last edited by Teodosio on 18 February 2016 at 1:05 pm UTC
Eike 18 Feb, 2016
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It's running so bad on Windows that the performance nearly equals that on Linux? *duckandcover*

No, seriously: Great work, Feral. Bought for full price this time.
(With a Steam controller, the package is waiting for me today! Yeah!)
Mountain Man 18 Feb, 2016
Developers take note! This is what happens when software is designed from the ground up for Linux!


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linux_gamer 18 Feb, 2016
Quoting: EikeIt's running so bad on Windows that the performance nearly equals that on Linux? *duckandcover*
Instead of paying the Linux devs to make good ports, we should pay the Windows devs to make games worse and the hardware vendors would also love it!
Renzatic Gear 18 Feb, 2016
Quoting: Eike(With a Steam controller, the package is waiting for me today! Yeah!)

Enjoy the Steam Controller, man. I got mine through the same deal, and while it does take a bit to get the hang of it, it's awesome once you do.
Sabun 18 Feb, 2016
Thank you very much Liam for sharing my video, I appreciate it!

Nick from Feral has contacted me, and we may be getting Linux-specific fixes and possibly more soon. Anything can happen though, but I hope for the best.

I really appreciate them taking the performance and quality of their Linux ports seriously. Their support team is also very active in talking to me when I address bugs I've found with them.
rkfg 18 Feb, 2016
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There was a hotfix released but it didn't hit the Linux playerbase for whatever reason. SteamDB shows that the public branch is at 981411 build id while Steam itself says it's 960248 (equals to mac_linux_1_0 branch). I didn't know that branch pointers are per-platform. Or is it just me?
Beamboom 18 Feb, 2016
QuoteAt first, the 361 driver on Linux gave me those kinds of results. Then I tested the 358 drivers, and it's a world of difference!

Aha! This is really interesting. Cause I thought it felt "something is wrong" when I installed 361 just a few days ago. I'm gonna friggin' downgrade this every evening!

Quoting: Mountain ManDevelopers take note! This is what happens when software is designed from the ground up for Linux!

Except, this is a port. :D


Last edited by Beamboom on 18 February 2016 at 3:56 pm UTC
rkfg 18 Feb, 2016
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Quoting: BeamboomExcept, this is a port. :D
What is port?
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I mean, what qualifies as a port and what is just a game released on several platforms? On which platforms it's not a port and on which it is? I'd understand it being called a port if it were released on Windows first and on Mac/Linux later but that's not the case. The release was simultaneous.
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