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    Phoronix: The Quality Of The Witcher 2 Linux Port Is Upsetting Many Gamers

    Yesterday marked the release of The Witcher 2 Officially Released For Linux for Linux gamers. This is the first time The Witcher is coming to Linux, but sadly the quality of the port leaves a lot to be desired...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTY5ODM

  • #2
    Works well with Nvidia? Shocker!

    "Right now for The Witcher 2 on Linux, there's only dominant success stories heard from those with the binary NVIDIA Linux graphics driver on GeForce hardware."

    That's true for most of the resource demanding games that use Linux. Intel's IGPs... even if the drivers are up to snuff... aren't stellar for high-end games on any platform, and we all know about Catalyst's issues.

    That's not to say that this is a perfect port, but many of the complaints about how the game is "unplayable" come from people using hardware that wouldn't let you run Witcher 2 very well under Windows either.

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    • #3
      This port is shit, just use wine and it will run much better.
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      Intel: GMA45, HD3000 (Core i5 2500K)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by phoronix View Post
        Right now for The Witcher 2 on Linux, there's only dominant success stories heard from those with the binary NVIDIA Linux graphics driver on GeForce hardware.
        That's just so astonishing. I never would have guessed that. When I clicked the article link I could never have predicted a statement like that would appear in the body.

        Seriously though... hopefully things get cleaned up and other people can have a better experience.

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        • #5
          This sucks. I just bought the game before reading this.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by chuckula View Post
            That's not to say that this is a perfect port, but many of the complaints about how the game is "unplayable" come from people using hardware that wouldn't let you run Witcher 2 very well under Windows either.
            I haven't checked myself if this is true or not but there is no doubt in my mind you're right. With catalyst 14.4, I doubt the game is that bad. I personally haven't been able to play the game at all, because Steam for whatever reason thinks I don't have GLX extensions or direct rendering, when glxinfo says I do (and because of this, I'm unable to play any of my steam games). I have low expectations for this game to play well on my hardware, but I'm honestly ok with waiting until it gets patched up a little.

            I bought the game to help the cause, but I'm likely only going to play it on Windows.

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            • #7
              The moral of the story kids remains the same. If you want the best graphics option for linux, that will give you the least amount of trouble, nVidia card with nVidia blob. I just hope with Steam taking off that eventually the other graphics vendors start taking their driver development for linux more serious.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by darkbasic View Post
                This port is shit, just use wine and it will run much better.
                Yes. I can't think about other way to describe my feelings better.

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                • #9
                  The funny part is: Steam lists the minimum CPU requirements for the Linux version as Core 2 Duo and the recommended requirements as Quad Core Intel. What improvements do you get from a quad core CPU if your wrapper is single threaded?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                    The moral of the story kids remains the same. If you want the best graphics option for linux, that will give you the least amount of trouble, nVidia card with nVidia blob.
                    This crappy port working like shit on _ANY_ GPU. Performance on Nvidia is worse than with Wine and it's 3-4 times slower than on Windows.

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                    • #11
                      LETS FIX IT instead of complaining!

                      I opened a "LETS FIX IT instead of complaining!" thread here to support the devs!:
                      http://steamcommunity.com/app/20920/...8180993106963/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
                        I haven't checked myself if this is true or not but there is no doubt in my mind you're right. With catalyst 14.4, I doubt the game is that bad. I personally haven't been able to play the game at all, because Steam for whatever reason thinks I don't have GLX extensions or direct rendering, when glxinfo says I do (and because of this, I'm unable to play any of my steam games). I have low expectations for this game to play well on my hardware, but I'm honestly ok with waiting until it gets patched up a little.

                        I bought the game to help the cause, but I'm likely only going to play it on Windows.
                        just follow this hint:
                        "have you tried deleting libgcc_s.so.1 that's inside the steam-runtime folder ? "

                        i had the same problem. it is a steam-runtime bug. it provides a outdated library. the steam-beta also already seems to have a fix for that. but above should work if you want to stay on steam-stable

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                          The moral of the story kids remains the same. If you want the best graphics option for linux, that will give you the least amount of trouble, nVidia card with nVidia blob. I just hope with Steam taking off that eventually the other graphics vendors start taking their driver development for linux more serious.
                          AMD fglrx has already a fix on the way that should come with the next driver release

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tomtomme View Post
                            I opened a "LETS FIX IT instead of complaining!" thread here to support the devs!:
                            http://steamcommunity.com/app/20920/...8180993106963/
                            link to the post here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/20920/...8180993106963/

                            be careful when copy-pasting

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                            • #15
                              Why is steam shipping this piece of shit when it's known to perform like crap?

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