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Ubuntu 21.04 - X.Org vs. Wayland Linux Gaming Performance
In the case of F1 2020 running on Ubuntu 21.04 via Steam Play, the Wayland session seemed to consistently show slightly higher performance than the X.Org GNOME session.
In some HITMAN 2 configurations, the (X)Wayland session was also slightly ahead of the traditional X.Org Server powered session.
With the only exception of Civilization VI, overall the Ubuntu 21.04 (X)Wayland performance was on-par with the prior GNOME X.Org session default. In a few games slightly better performance with the Wayland default but nothing across the board or too jaw-dropping, perhaps most important though is just no major regressions to the Linux gaming performance we've seen now that the (X)Wayland support is quite mature.
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