FEX 2211 Emulator Gets God of War & Other Modern AAA Games Running On Linux AArch64

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 3 November 2022 at 06:15 AM EDT. Add A Comment
Making good progress this year has been the open-source FEX-Emu emulator for running x86/x86_64 Linux binaries on 64-bit Arm (AArch64). This isn't only for running Linux x86_64 applications on Arm but with Steam and Steam Play (Proton) can mean running Windows games on Linux 64-bit Arm. With FEX 2211 out today more progress has been made on the Proton front for getting more modern games running.

FEX 2211 brings fixes for getting Proton Experimental now running on Arm hardware. Proton 7.0 and older had been working with FEX but now it's possible getting the newer Proton Experimental to work for in turn enjoying more Windows x86/x86_64 games running on 64-bit Arm hardware. The FEX developers noted they are now able to run "triple-A games on AArch64" and used the recent God of War release from January as an example:

The FEX emulator developers have been enjoying the God of War and other AAA games on Proton Experimental while running from Snapdragon 888 powered Lenovo laptops.

In addition to their Proton Experimental work, they also added a segment register index optimization as a performance improvement for some 32-bit software, more preparations for supporting AVX emulation in a future release, supporting more instructions, support for disabling thunks in application configurations, and a variety of other additions.

Downloads and more details on this big FEX 2211 release via FEX-Emu.com and GitHub.
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