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The Witcher 2 Works On Beta Improvements

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Published on 10 July 2014 12:06 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
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Back in May The Witcher 2 was released for Linux but the quality of this Linux game port was extremely bad and problematic for many Linux gamers due to slow performance and other issues. Fortunately, it looks like some of the problems at least may be addressed as a new open beta is beginning for the Linux version of The Witcher 2.

Announced on Wednesday by Peter Mulholland was a public Linux beta for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition. Those owning this game can subscribe to the "linux_public_beta" to try out new improvements to the Linux game port. So far in the first beta revision is multi-monitor support, improved support for gamepads, and improved stability to see less crashing.

The improved stability with less crashing will be beneficial to many Linux gamers, but the performance issues are still being addressed. The Witcher 2 Linux performance has been widely bashed due to its use of the eON compatibility layer for porting the game from Windows to Linux. Mulholland mentioned, "Note that this doesn't yet include any of our DX9 multithread rework, as that's still in progress. We thought we'd put this out here so that we can get some feedback from you guys on what we have done so far, and also show that we really are working on making this port better :)"

More information on this open beta for The Witcher 2 can be found via this Steam Community posting. Hopefully soon enough The Witcher 2 for Linux will be in better standing.


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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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