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Hyper Light Drifter now works at 60fps

hyper light drifter update released for 60 fps on linux mac pc

Hyper Light Drifter launched for Linux, Mac and Windows PC playing at 30fps this year. A fantastic 30fps, but that’s an old-school #framerate and gamers now expect much #higher #performance on a PC platform.

At  launch, developer Heart Machine recognised the 30fps issue and outlined that it would take a great deal of work to get the game working at 60fps. Flash forward to just recently, six months since the initial release, and now Hyper Light Drifter can be played at 60fps on Linux.

The option to toggle to 60fps sits in the game’s menu. YouTuber rafazgz93 recorded some footage of the game running at 60fps.

Was this as hard as Heart Machine outlined it would be? According to the Steam Update that announced the news for Hyper Light Drifter, this took moving through well over 100,000 lines of code to pull off.

We have a new build up on the ‘next_update’ branch. Special thanks to those of you that sent us bug reports – we’re ironing out the issues as quickly as we can.


  • fixed screen turning a solid color after hitting an enemy with Dash+Attack
  • fixed jittery aim cursor in 60FPS
  • fixed All Weapons achievement unlocking in Boss Rush
  • fixed hole in the floor of the Boss Rush hub room
  • fixed being unable to progress in Boss Rush if the player killed certain bosses while dying on the same frame
  • fixed being locked out of a Boss Rush battle if the player fell after only standing on vanishing platforms

This conversion was indeed a massive task to undertake: we worked through over 115 thousand lines of code the past several months in order to make this happen, manually changing timings of each object and enemy, fixing the dozens upon dozens of little problems that arose when changing frame timing, optimizing the game and testing the bits out of it internally.

What about 60fps on Linux?

We reached out to Heart Machine, “working on it! it’ll come after we get done with our pc beta.” Which is what we figured, testing out the new PC Beta on Linux did not render much in the way of a difference.

The patch is only in beta form, but here is how to run it:

Simple follow these steps on PC:

  1. Right click on Hyper Light Drifter in your Steam Library
  2. Click on “Properties”
  3. Click on the “BETAS” tab
  4. Click the drop down menu and select “next_update”
  5. Click the “close” button and your game should start updating immediately

Hyper Light Drifter is available on Steam for Linux, Mac and Windows PC. A fantastic game, so we will be giving it another try to see how these frame rates fair on Linux.


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