So yeah, ray tracing on the Steam Deck is now correctly a factor. It has been do-able in the event you wished to dig in and do some Linux-y tweaking earlier than, however with the most recent beta OS Valve is beginning to go native. For a tool that prices lower than the value of an RTX 3050—a graphics card no-one can buy at that value—to have the ability to allow ray tracing that is value a rattling is critically spectacular.

Valve has introduced the brand new Steam Deck OS beta within the handheld’s Preview channel, and updates the working system of the machine to the Mesa 23.1 graphics driver. To date, so dry, however the fascinating stuff is in what that really means by way of video games. For one, it eliminates some graphical corruption points that exist with the present construct of Wo Lengthy: Fallen Dynasty and GPU crashes “in a number of upcoming titles.”

The update additionally allows ray tracing in Doom Everlasting.

What enterprise has the Steam Deck operating the graphically intensive pretties of ray tracing? Chances are you’ll ask. However Deck developer, Pierre-Loup Griffais, who took to twitter to make the announcement has additionally demonstrated the efficiency of Doom Everlasting with it enabled.

They posted a screenshot within the thread, confirmed to have been taken on the Deck, with a efficiency overlay enabled displaying the body fee at 35 fps, with an attendant body time graph that’s seemingly rock strong at that pace. 

Doom Everlasting is not the final phrase in overblown ray tracing results, however its implementation is a great use of the expertise to boost lighting and reflections all through the game. As such it would not have excessive entry necessities for enabling ray tracing, with the 1080p minimal spec given as an RTX 2060.

The tech comes by means of the Vulkan graphics API direct, somewhat than DXR by means of a Proton layer, which may add some drag to the body fee of a DirectX game.

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However Griffais does say that: “DXR is within the pipe, simply not fairly prepared but.” 

The concept that we’ll even have the power to allow DirectX Raytracing natively on the Steam Deck is fairly wild. I imply, efficiency on DXR titles is more likely to be more durable on the Deck’s GPU {hardware} than with Doom Everlasting, nevertheless it’s one thing I will be to take a look at for certain.

I have been enjoying with ray tracing on Linux quite a bit not too long ago, after sticking PopOS! on my RTX 3080-powered Razer Blade 15. I used to be surprised to have the ability to get each DLSS and ray tracing operating at playable extremely RT settings on the machine in Cyberpunk 2077 by means of the bleeding edge variations of Proton.

Thanks, Superb Eggroll. 

However that requires some pre-launch arguments to run, and would not work for The Witcher 3. The concept of not having to fret about such Linux-y tweakery on a Steam Deck is tantalising. Even when the efficiency on its Aerith APU is unlikely to be super-slick on one thing so demanding.