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Kursk update improves game performance

kursk update improves game performance on windows mac linux

Kursk has an update to improve the game’s performance on Windows. The Mac release is still coming, as is the Linux port. But thanks to Jujubee’s update to Version 2.1.3 brings in some new changes.

GameMode performance tool from Feral

gamemode performance tool from feral for linux games

GameMode an Open Source performance tool releases for Linux via Feral Interactive. Since this helps Linux users to get the best performance out of their games.

Which Linux graphics settings should you always disable?

linux pc graphics settings should you always disable

So whether you are #gaming on Linux or PC, playing on Ultra graphics settings have been the true #benchmark. Since all graphics settings present different performance capabilities. Even with high end hardware, there are some graphic settings that do not offer that much in visual quality but do have a significant impact on framerate. Therefore if you are gaming on older hardware, these settings are the specifics you should turn down to boost your framerate. While not making the visuals of the game look terrible, especially with Civilization VI coming to Linux.

So keeping mind, these graphics settings and their impact do not apply all games. Seeing many of the Linux games are developed in Unity 3D and the Linux and OpenGL advantage. So not every game will have these options. Therefore these changes can vary greatly from game to game. So for the best performance it’s a good idea to see which game-specific optimizations not only apply but make a difference. Consequently these are the settings that generally provide the best out of the box “bang” versus performance.

  • Shadows
    Since Shadow effects are surprisingly performance intensive. Making the edges of a shadow look more vivid doesn’t do much to the image quality. You do not have to turn them off, but if you are struggling with frame rates, turn them down to low or medium.
  • Motion BlurSo motion blur has been used as a good effect in racing games. While this is also a setting with a cost in performance, something most people typically dislike. Particularly in fast-paced games such as first-person shooters. So motion blur is one to disable.
  • Depth of FieldWhile in game, depth of field refers to an effect that blurring things in the background. Since it pretends your ‘eyes’ in-game are cameras, this creates a film-like quality that does not look great. So can affect performance significantly, depending on the graphics settings. So this is one to turn way down or disable, depending on personal preference.
  • Dynamic Reflections
    Since this is one option that depends on the game you’re playing. Hence this matters in terms of image quality. So dynamic reflections is that one setting shows players and moving objects reflecting in pools of water. While also very performance-intensive. So turning them off can significantly boost fps percent.
  • Supersampling (SSAA)
    So while having supersampling enabled, it renders frames at a higher resolution than the display resolution. Hence then reducing them back down to the size of your screen. Since it can make games look better, it really is better suited for those who own a beastly rig. Because supersampling will destroy your performance. Most of the time, it’s not worth the upgrade, especially when there are many other more efficient anti-aliasing alternatives.
  • Fast Approximate (FXAA): Rather than analyzing the 3D models (i.e. MSAA, which looks at pixels on the edges of polygons). FXAA is a post-processing filter, so it applies to the whole scene after it has been rendered. Since it is very efficient, but also catches edges inside textures which MSAA misses.
  • Multisampling (MSAA): While this achieves good results. This is typically the standard, baseline option in games.

Since we are not trying to cover all of Linux graphics settings to disable. We do hope these details do help make increasing framerates easier.

What are the graphics settings you typically disable? What other steps do you use to improve frame rates on Linux?


The Dwarves promised patch and new content

the dwarves promised patch fixed an error and content linux mac pc

While continuing in 2017, #KINGArt will not cease to work on The Dwarves. Since they already #announced an #update coming in December, The game has now received a performance change for all platforms. So apart from performance improvements, it has also fixed an error or two.

The Dwarves Patch includes:

  • Removed framerate stutters due to audio processing in combat
  • Decreased loading times between different scenes
  • Decreased restart times in battles
  • Fixed an error in battle of Mifurdania
  • Fixed an error in the Golem battle
  • Fixed “Greater Healing Potion”
  • Fixed an error in portrait icons

So after today’s patch, the next thing KING Art will work on is content for The Dwarves. Hence that patch is expected to release in March 2017 on all platforms. While among other things, the patch offers the so-called “Challenge Mode”, a new game mode. Hence this confronts players with various challenges on different maps. For example, standing against new enemies as long as possible. Or defeating a specific amount of enemies as fast as possible etc. Stay tuned!

The Dwarves is a fantasy role-playing game with a strong story and tactically challenging real-time battles. 15 playable heroes, each with individual skills, are to be deployed cleverly. Take on superior numbers of orcs, ogres, älfs, bögnilim, zombies, dark mages and many more foes, to give them the low-down.

Based on the bestselling novel “The Dwarves” by Markus Heitz you’ll experience a fascinating tale revolving around the coolest fantasy race ever: The Dwarves!

During its successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2015. Developer KING Art Games allied up with the famous German metal band Blind Guardian, who are performing a tremendous song about The Dwarves: ‘Children of the Smith’.

For a more in-depth look, check out the video review from Penguin Records for The Dwarves. And make sure to the OpenGL advantages over Windows 10.


LiquidSky introduces free Ultra Performance PC gaming on Linux

liquidsky introduces free ultra Performance pc gaming on linux

LiquidSky — a first of its kind Gaming-as-a-Service (GaaS) #platform. While unique this solves the biggest hurdles previous #cloudgaming platforms faced in 2013. Such as high latency, high cost, limited scalability and a finite catalogue of supported games.

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Since holding its inaugural CES keynote on January 6th, 2017 in Las Vegas. LiquidSky announced a number of new services, new products and significant enhancements. Since their already industry-leading platform makes it possible to play any PC title. While this can be an indie game to AAA blockbuster — on Android, Mac, Linux and even low-spec Windows devices. LiquidSky will gain significant new functionality and features. Including an all-new free-to-play model. Since this effectively introduces high-end PC gaming at no cost to gamers worldwide beginning March 2017.

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