Serious Sam Fusion 2017 Is Working Out Well For RADV Vulkan
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 23 March 2017. Page 1 of 2. 30 Comments

This week marked the roll out of Serious Sam Fusion 2017 into public beta first up with Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter and soon to be followed-up by The Second Encounter and Serious Sam: BFE. The Fusion 2017 update is interesting as it brings these classics Vulkan support, 64-bit only, and other engine improvements.

I've run a few tests this week using Mesa Git and seeing how well Serious Sam Fusion 2017 / Serious Sam HD: TFE is running with the open-source Radeon Vulkan stack. Overall, it's working out very well. I still need to run some fresh RADV Linux VR tests, which I'll probably do in the days ahead, but when it comes to desktop play with Serious Sam Fusion 2017, the Mesa Git stack is holding up well.

My initial tests were done with a Radeon RX 480 and R9 Fury graphics cards using Mesa 17.1-dev as of this week while also using Linux 4.11 Git for the newest AMDGPU DRM support.

Thanks to help from Croteam, there is now a Serious Sam 2017 benchmark capability via the Phoronix Test Suite. Thus I have a few benchmarks to share today of Sam2017 on RADV as well as a couple RadeonSI OpenGL reference results. Funny enough, no NVIDIA Vulkan results for Sam2017 to share today since the latest build is currently producing a segmentation fault with the 378.13 binary driver...

Keep in mind Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter was first released in 2009, so the graphics / art assets aren't the most demanding, but nevertheless it's fun to see the engine upgrades and in particular the Vulkan support. The Second Encounter and BFE will be also exciting to see in public beta soon.

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