NVIDIA 545 Linux Driver To Support Vulkan Apps With PRIME On Wayland

Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 9 June 2023 at 06:12 AM EDT. 9 Comments
It's still some ways away with the NVIDIA 535 driver series currently in beta but with the NVIDIA 545 Linux driver series to succeed that there will finally be support for Vulkan games/apps running via PRIME for GPU offloading under Wayland.

Currently the proprietary NVIDIA Linux driver doesn't support PRIME offloading when making use of the Vulkan API on Wayland. But, fortunately, with the NVIDIA 545 driver series coming after the 535 series this feature is being implemented.

Since last year has been this bug report over Wayland Vulkan software being broken with PRIME offloading. Even a simple app like VKCube will fail.

Overnight was a new comment by a NVIDIA Linux driver developer that this issue is to be fixed in the next driver series:
This feature has been implemented by @dkorkmazturk. It will be available in the next major driver version, 545 (not the recently released 535 beta).

So this is great news for those using PRIME GPU offloading with the NVIDIA proprietary driver on Wayland, but given the pace of development for this binary driver you'll need to wait until later in the year before seeing it.
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