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Is there any alternative to Windows? How about Gaming on Linux? Why should you care? Because the future of Linux is vital for the future of PC Gaming.

For this video, I tested lubuntu on an i5 750 and GT 1030. Games tested are CSGO, Mad Max, Rocket League, Bioshock Infinite, Nier Automata, Doom, Skyrim, Overwatch.

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This video is brought to you by Dashlane,
use the link down below to create a free account now. If you ask me the coolest thing about pc gaming
is its amazing number of options. If you are rich you can play like this, if
you are not you can build a PC from trash, you can customize your games to look like
this and if you buy PC components there are options for every element with at least two
companies competing on CPUs or GPUs. And this is really good, any time only one
company starts gaining too much control over one of these markets innovations and options
start to suffer. Which is why it is a bit concerning that when
the time comes to pick an operating system you can choose between Windows 10… And Windows 7. If you want to keep up with the latest stuff
you have to use Windows, and Microsoft's position as the gatekeeper opens up a ton of shilling
nightmare scenarios for Gaming. A lot of people became hopeful when Valve,
obviously concerned about this very possibility, starting putting some real weight behind Linux. While things did not evolve as fast as some
expected the progress that has been made in making Linux a mainstream option is impressive. Don´t take me wrong, it is quite not there
yet. If you use low end or entry level hardware
the performance impact is noticeable and the most optimal Linux distributions are a journey
to install but the progress made in the last 2 years makes this worth keeping an eye on. So, given that every video and guide I see
on this topic tries this on very powerful equipment I thought it would worth asking
"What is the current state on gaming on Linux on a modest PC? Will this be a valid option soon?" So as previously mentioned on this video installing
a very optimized Linux system can be pretty daunting even for someone with a moderate
level of tech literacy, but Desktop Linux is not one monolithic entity like windows
but rather a family of systems based on the same kernel. My favourite among them is Ubuntu, mainly
because of how easy it is to install and relatively easy to get support when something does not
work. Seriously at this point, I have had more failed
Windows installs than failed Ubuntu Installs You will likely notice a ton of people in
comments complaining about my choice of distribution. Keep in mind Linux distros are a common source
of internet fights. But I stand by what I said, from a perspective
of a beginner user Ubuntu is one of the easiest to get into and from the perspective of a
budget PC user, there is a variant called Lubuntu which is optimized to be as light
as possible, which is what I will use. This thing has revived many old computers
and its background use of resources is extraordinarily low. I will focus on Nvidia GPUs for this video,
as their drivers are also the easiest to install. I am aware there is a powerful open-source
AMD driver but it also a fair bit more complicated to install. More on that later. And while installing software in Linux can
be initially a bit of a daunting task if you are new to the whole but installing Steam
is super easy. Getting the latest Nvidia drivers is a bit
trickier since it involves adding a repository which involves some terminal commands but
then there is a nice tool to select the newest driver. One thing, however, to keep in mind is that
a lot of the gaming options that I am going to discuss are pretty new and therefore require
the use of the latest drivers, which is why you will see me use an entry level GT 1030
rather than an older gaming GPU like a 460 as I want to retain compatibility with vulkan
and newest drivers. As you will soon see some of these methods
are months old. Let´s get gaming. Part 1: Native Ports There is a surprisingly high number of native
Linux ports of games available through Steam. While outside the indie realm the number of
big titles tends to be small there are a number of surprises. For example, a large quantity of Valve´s
own back catalogue has been ported including Counter Strike Global Offensive. This game is a curious example because on
the benchmark map the GPU is too powerful for 720 and we hit a hard CPU bottleneck but
still has very good performance all around. Let´s test another example, the open-world
Mad Max game which was ported by Feral Interactive, a studio that has made a reputation out ofhigh-quality
Linux ports, this one going as far as to use Vulkan rather than older OpenGL. Both versions have full configuration files
where you can remove shadows with the tweak in the video in the corner. Interestingly enough the game reaches high
performance on Windows but on Linux it hits what looks like an unexpected CPU bottleneck. It is odd considering the game was GPU bound on Windows. This might have to do with some change done
during the porting process as Mad Max's engine did not initially support Linux. Which is why I also decided to test Rocket
League, a game using Unreal Engine 3 which supports exporting to Linux. While making accurate benchmarks of this guy
can be hard it does seem that the GPU is the main limiter in both and the performance on
test map is pretty similar, with a smaller impact. Which led me to Bioshock Infinite, another
Unreal Engine 3 game natively ported to Linux with proper benchmarking tools that, when
run, showed some odd performance metrics on Linux. The GPU was the main bottleneck on the most
intense parts but overall the conclusion regarding the performance impact in the porting process
is… pretty similar to what I saw on the initial 2 games. Native games, initially, are made for Linux
so they represent the easiest to use, you just install and play and SHOULD provide the
best performance. In reality in 3 of my test cases, the performance
gap was dramatic. I am aware that there is a lot of lower level
optimization I could do since Linux is very very customizable, but even that would hardly
recover from an almost halving of the framerate. Furthermore, from an Industry level, Linux
ports require the most effort. They require significant resources to create
for what is currently a very small audience. Which is why they are so rare in the AAA space,
with most of the newest releases being indie titles. This is a good transition into part 2: Wine
and Lutris WINE is not an Emulator. That is literally what the acronym means,
it is recursive. Wine is a compatibility layer that translates
certain parts of windows effectively allowing some Windows programs to run on Linux. It does not emulate an entire Windows PC. This program has evolved a great deal over
the years and it can successfully run a fair bit of games with a lot of effort and configuration. Which lead to the creation of programs like
Lutris. A collection of scripts made for a large number
of games that would pre-configure wine for you to correctly play that game to the best
it could be done. Usually lauded as a one-click solution, in
reality, it often does not work, requires some other things to be installed, sometimes
it does not open and game updates break things. I streamed my efforts of trying to understand
how to get Skyrim and Overwatch working while having several people who knew way more about
Linux than I do in the chat helping me and it took me 2 days of work to get Overwatch
working without input issues. The instructions made it clear that the cache
needed to be filled and the game would stutter for a while and boy did it stutter but even
after 5 or 6 matches playing like this, the performance was… way to stuttery to work
for me. And I never could get Skyrim to boot. Now I want to get something clear, with enough
knowledge and a couple of days of work you can probably get anything listed in Lutris
to work and the community effort that has gone into this tool is nothing short of admirable. But it is not the one-click tool that could
bridge Linux as a more legitimate alternative gaming OS. As it stands right now it is complicated. Wouldn´t it be cool if someone took this
technology and this effort that is already there and transformed into the next step in
this natural evolution? Part 3: Steam Play So it is pretty clear that Valve still considers
Linux as the most likely candidate for the second horse in the gaming OC race and has
released the next step in the efforts, something less flashy than their own Linux distro or
their own consoles but likely something that is going to have a larger real impact. It is called Steam Play and what they did
is take the technology from wine and a dxvk, a transition later than translates Microsoft
only DirectX into Linux compatible Vulkan, to create their own fork called proton and
integrated directly into Steam. So to play a Windows-only game you download
on Steam, click play and after a brief warning, it works. IT JUST WORKS. With some caveats. This was just released and the official compatibility
least is a bit small, but you can try in incompatible games if you are feeling bold. I am getting ahead of myself again. Let´s try some games. The most impressive example there is DOOM. A heavily optimized, bombastic and deliciously
explosive game that is already compatible with Vulkan. I disabled shadows with the trick on my video,
run it on 720 and compared with the same scene in Windows and oh boy. While there is an obvious performance impact,
you are after all running the game in another OS using a compatibility layer, the impact
during gameplay is comparable and sometimes even less than what I saw comparing this with
native ports. And I did not have to struggle with a single
Wine configuration. Another interesting case is Nier: Automata. I often use this game as a GPU benchmark because
of how stupidly computationally expensive its global illumination is, something you
can fix with the FAR mod which (try as I might) I can not get to work on Steam Play. We will get back to that. But even unmodded compared to running it in
regular Windows the performance penalty is about 10 fps which is still being playable
on the GT 1030. Since this game is going through DirectX to
Vulkan rather than Vulkan to Vulkan like doom the hit is expected but this is again comparable
to the results that I saw in native ports. And here is why that is important. As I mentioned before the native ports involve
a substantial investment from publishers and turn out they are not as performance perfect,
at least in budget-oriented stuff, as promised. I might be wrong but… but I don´t think
adding any of these games to Steam Play required a big involvement from the publishers of these
games. Potentially, Valve could be adding real plug
and play support to a variety of titles and slowly but surely extend the viability of
Linux as a gaming OS. Ideally… a lot of people could be playing
this without even knowing they are going through a compatibility layer. As a final experiment, you can go into the
options and enable Steam Play for all games at your own risk of breaking things. Remember how I had so much trouble getting
Lutris to do Skyrim? Not on Steam Play… here, it just worked. People have been going through their libraries
and documenting what works and what does not on Steam Play. Some links in the description. But everything is not perfect, Using the correct AMD drivers is still a daunting
task and the state of Intel HD drivers for gaming is really, really bad which limits
a large number of entry-level gamers and laptop users. Not to mention that in certain games like
Nier: Automata the mods are Windows specific so there is no simple way to intall them on
Linux. However, look at this way. 10 years ago just installing any distribution
of Linux was complicated. 7 years ago the idea of any mainstream gaming
on Linux was hard to take seriously until Steam released there, and by 2014 both Unity
and Unreal Engine had added support to exporting their games to Linux. The initial release of the tool that translates
DirectX to Vulkan was January this year and it has only been months since Valve released
their own fork that actually works flawlessly running a number of Windows Games with a performance
impact in low-end PCs that rivals native. The progress on this thing has been exponential
and I would not be surprised if in another 5 years this whole thing is closer to being
a true alternative to Windows. Not to mention that you can download Linux
for free so, you do not have to spend money on a Windows license, which is a cost we never
consider when we discuss the cost of Pc Gaming, and using Linux is way more secure than putting
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to mind and continued on with the show. What I did not know is that
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my Twitter account. This malicious individual, while I was still
at the conference, set out to do as much damage as possible, posting many images of pornography
and sending racial slurs to every person I had talked during Gamescom. That was not good, and it took a lot of luck
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41 thoughts on “Will YOU be gaming on Linux soon?

  1. As of now Linux has lost the gaming war. Micro$soft controls the development tools that are used by every major gaming company and they control the licencing. What that means is (Micro$oft) says we'll give you the development suites for an crazy low price if you only write for Windows platform and don't port your AAA games to Linux. Similar situations with Nvidia and the drivers they write. Don't write drivers for Linux and only Windows and we'll give you free advertising and development tools. The steam box was NOT A FAILURE! It was squashed by Microsoft. Developers will need to get away from DirectX , and stop writing in C++ or any other variant of MS coding language if they want to write games for Linux. So bottom line in comes down to money and right now there's not money in porting to Linux.

  2. There are two things that Linux games does different that can affect you really bad.

    The first is that CPU powersaving on Linux is not designed with games in mind, it doesn't understand that you are playing a game and keep your CPU clock low so you get cpu capped even if you have a CPU fast enough. You can change your CPU to performance mode prior to running games and you get instantly a big FPS boost.

    The second thing is that most games do not change the actual screen resolution when you change it in game. I dont really know why this happens but when you're playing a 720p game and your desktop resolution is 1080p, your computer is upscaling the render. Chaging the resolution prior to opening the game do the trick and i dont even need to say how much FPS boost you gain.

    It will not solve every single problem on earth and some games will run at a lower frame rate but the gap will be really smaller.

  3. No, because it depends on mainstream driver support which team green,red and now blue are focused primarily on windows.
    Windows will always be the future of gaming, even if it's bloated.

  4. por lo regular la limitante en Linux son las propias GPU porque el cpu vuela con Linux incluso por hay el thredeapper rinde mejor en Linux que con Windows pero de la GPU ni hablar falta mejorar el soporte

  5. November 2019. hello World.
    Just finished playing Tomb Raider on a AMD phenom 970,
    hd 6870 GPU on a system built in 2010
    using linux Mint through Steam. Average fps = 70.
    Steam was easy to install through the software manager in mint. Takes about a minute. The only thing holding back gaming in linux is the availability of AAA games that run in linux.

  6. I've used Antergos, Arch, Solus, Manjaro, AntiX, Budgie, Xubuntu and more. To both you and everyone out there using Ubuntu: … well.. congrats you're using linux! Welcome to the community and try to enjoy exploring and ingore the antagonistic people preaching one distro over another

  7. It's interesting, I look at this and wonder why my machine handles everything better on linux(AMD), most steam games work straight out of installing ubuntu, things like minecraft get 60 fps and 45 fps or lower on windows lol

  8. Hey, I would love to see an update on Linux Gaming in 2019 or 2020.

    I play Steam games and Overwatch on Lutris and it works great 👍🏻

    I think POP!_OS is the best distro for gamers. gpu drivers, DXVK and some tweaks are already done and get updates by default.
    If you don’t like the look and feel of POP!_OS, you can install KDE Plasma, thats a beautiful desktop environment.
    So happy to be able to play on Linux and finally get rid of Windows 10

  9. The performance now is probably better than in 2018, as Nvidia have been focusing their drivers on Linux just as much as they have on Windows. This may be to the new Google Stadia and Steam Console, but I am not 100% sure.

  10. I've got a lot of windows only games, I'll stick with windows until Linux becomes as compatible as windows. I've used several microsoft operating systems, some good and some not good. Linux has been on my eye for a year now and I'm so hoping that it gets as much attention as windows does

  11. As usually, Windows 10 is doing their best to make me have a bad day a lot of times. And one day, Windows decided that they want to suicide and so they deleted themselves…somehow.
    I was preparing for a dual boot a day before that happened and so I had the Ubuntu Setup on a USB and I installed linux and try it for a week. I tried to do a bunch of stuff and I was actually really impressed about the power of Linux, and I also tried gaming. I tried some games I played on Windows 10 that also had a Linux version and I can say that they were running even better than they did on Windows. But for me, Linux was something completely different. I'm using Windows since the first time I touched a PC and I tried Linux a few months back. And for a lot of other reasons I went back and fixed Windows 10, I still hate it but at the end… It's Windows… I have no problem about making a dual boot again in the future, but probably I'm not going to use Ubuntu. I'll use a different distro.

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