Linux gamers who use Valve’s Proton compatibility tool to run Windows games will get a performance upgrade in the future: Nvidia has announced that it is working with Valve to provide FPS boosts with the DLSS technology included on its RTX cards to achieve. It’s almost enough to make me revisit Linux Games.
DLSS or Deep Learning Super Sampling is a technology that lets gamers achieve more performance without having to forego too much image quality. It does this by running the game at a lower resolution than its native resolution (e.g. rendering the game at 1080p if your monitor is 4K) but then upscaling the image to its native resolution using some impressive algorithms.
The tech will of course be exciting for people with Linux gaming computers, but it’s also interesting considering that Rumors that Valve is developing a handheld gaming device. We argued that DLSS could do The next generation switch is well above its weight class, and the same goes for a handheld PC without a ton of graphics that is likely to run Linux.
While Nvidia hasn’t released a list of which Proton-based games will receive DLSS, there are actually a surprising number of candidates. Running Nvidias List of games support the DLSS through ProtonDB, a site where users can report how well games work with Proton, shows that a large portion of DLSS-enabled games already work on Linux. That’s about 30 games out of just over 50.
There’s an interesting question that Nvidia’s DLSS list raises though – some of the games on it actually have native Linux ports, and it’s unclear whether they’ll get the upsampling technology or whether it will be exclusively available for gaming through Proton . Gamers who might get better performance by running the Windows version through an emulation layer rather than the native version would be an odd quirk, but whether it will end up doing so remains to be seen. Nvidia did not immediately respond to a request to clarify the problem.
Nvidia also didn’t mention a timeframe for Proton’s DLSS support (although it did mention that Vulkan support would come this month and DirectX support would come this fall), but it’s nice to see it’s still pushing for it Bring Linux games to Windows’ level. As someone who tried to be a Linux gamer a long, long time ago with the Vanilla wine and later, CrossOver, Nvidia and Valve’s work with Proton made me want to set up a Linux gaming rig again. Now if only i could get a graphics card.