Valve’s next-gen Steam Deck handheld gaming console will reportedly run on Linux and its Proton compatibility layer will make this a possibility.
What is even more interesting is the support for NVIDIA’s DLSS machine learning temporal upscaling technique to Proton which is going to bring a better FPS boost and less flicker in games that offer support for the technology.
A Phoronix report has it that the Proton 6.3-8 is the first stable release that will include the DLSS support. The feature was previously on an experimental build back in October and could require PROTON_ENABLE_NVAPI=1 and dxgi.nvapiHack = False to turn it on.
But as for the AMD-powered Steam Deck, there won’t be support for DLSS because it requires the proprietary NVIDIA machine learning chip to work.
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Elsewhere, there is a report that the new version of Proton enables support for a number of additional Windows games on Linux and those include Deathloop, Age of Empires 4, and both Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy and Mass Effect Legendary Edition.
Valve also announced that 6.3-8 is the release that includes “support for an initial set of BattlEye games,” referring to the BattlEye anti-cheat software that may or may not be holding back some of the most popular Steam games from having proper working multiplayer on the Steam Deck and Linux in general.
The full changelog can be found on Github even though NVIDIA has previously announced the support for Valve to enable DLSS on Linux back in June.