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My gaming experience hasn’t bleed too far past CS:GO and a handful of other low spec games. However, I’m constantly hearing how great gaming on Linux is. I’ve even heard many people claim that games on Linux outperform the same game on Windows.
That being said, I’m curious to know what you use? Those of you that successfully play games on Linux operating systems, have great performance, and get a working gaming PC, what are the specs? What resolution and refresh rate are you playing at? What distro and version? What graphics card? What graphics card drivers?
I have attempted five games this morning:
Total War: Warhammer
TotalWarhammer: crash reporter initialised with path "/home/chris/.local/share/feral-interactive/Total War Warhammer/crashes" TotalWarhammer: dumped to "/home/chris/.local/share/feral-interactive/Total War Warhammer/crashes/6368157b-35ef-99e1-7e0c94a7-6e035fd4.dmp" TotalWarhammer: crash reporter "/home/chris/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/Total War WARHAMMER/bin/feral_linux_crash_reporter" launching Game crashed, if possible email [[email protected]] with the crash file [/home/chris/.local/share/feral-interactive/Total War Warhammer/crashes/6368157b-35ef-99e1-7e0c94a7-6e035fd4.dmp] and details
Game crashes. Dump file is binary blob. Not interested in e-mailing devs yet.
Huge lag issues between sound and video, massive screen tearing (this doesn’t happen on any other application), freezing as soon as game starts.
Elder Scrolls: Online
Patch fails, saying out of disk space. Not true.
Dark Souls III
Huge, huge, frame rate drops. Cinematic plays just fine, but as soon as game starts the game is less than 5fps I’m guessing. I move forward, game freezes, and I’m several places from where I was before. Mid roll the game freezes, resume after I’m standing. Attack a monster and game freezes, wasn’t able to resume after that.
Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
Could not click on any menu items or resize window.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
The game started, and once I changed from Windowed to Full Screen it looked great. However, getting into a match provided longer than normal load times, and starting a match (picking Terrorist or Counter Terrorist) and respawning had really bad lag, maybe 2 to 5 seconds.
After respawn and playing the game, though, it was really well. No screen tearing, no input lag, etc. But, did it perform as well as on Windows? No. Certainly didn’t outperform Windows. The longer load times and lag when picking a team and respawning was annoying, but I got used to it, I guess.
I’m curious to know if this is just the symptom of Linux gaming? You get used to the bad performance quirks and after a while don’t notice them as much anymore?
That Linux networking is fire, though lol!
Update: Deus Ex: Human Revolution is unplayable. It loads just fine, but when I start the game there is a long black screen and then a huge, 1 to 2 second lag every five seconds or so. When I quit the game I have to actually run a
kill command to get it off the screen.
So, Linux gamers, what do you suggest? I have tried playing on Debian Stretch, Fedora 29, and Ubuntu 18.04. I am using an Nvidia 1080, straight into the motherboard and with an eGPU USB-C connection, and I have the proprietary drivers installed, from 390 to 415.