A new examination paints a somewhat less rosy picture of the gaming capabilities of the new WALAV operating system than Microsoft's familiar counterpart
On the eve of the official launch of the new SteamOS system, whose experience can be described simply as' real gaming in Linux, thanks to the Steam platform, we have reached the conclusion That this venture has considerable potential, which feels pretty good already - even if it is not yet really ripe to compete with the well-established windows or home systems.
However, now New examination To the system's capabilities performed at the arstechnica site makes us reconsider our previous statements - and reaches the rather opposite conclusion that SteamOS In its current state, it is far from being able to compete with Windows, especially the latest 10, when it comes to effective games.
The site's users took a medium and reasonable computer system consisting of a dual-core G3220 Pentium processor, a GeForce GTX 660 and 8GB RAM card, and installed the latest versions of the Windows 10 version of 64 bit and SteamOS which is now available for download at any request.
A test of the popular performance test Geekbench (which concentrates on tests of the CPU unit, worth noting) and four recent titles based on the Source engine, along with the titles Shadow of Mordor and Metro: Last Light Redux, found that the system is lagging behind Windows 10 in any situation - from a few percentages in some cases, to 58 in the extreme case. These results are in marked contrast to the results of tests carried out by the phoronix site a few weeks ago, although there was no direct comparison between Windows SteamOS on the same system, so here is one of the first direct comparisons we received from a serious source.
¤ § Tests of phoronix Were more comprehensive and significant, with testing for a large number of video card models from both NVIDIA and AMD, testing a wider range of games and applications, in a number of resolutions and especially in a very powerful system that should ensure that no other component in the chain is a bottleneck that distorts the results - but despite all this it is difficult to ignore either From the examination of arstechnica, Which is a kind of demonstration of the point of view of an 'ordinary user' who ultimately considers which of these two operating systems will provide him with a better gaming experience. At the moment, it seems, the answer is Windows 10 without any doubt, and without any real connection to the type of hardware you have.
And yet, as we suggested in the previous article, it is definitely not worthwhile to eulogize Wallach and her experience in the meantime. Systematic updates to the system, especially better drivers, may change the situation significantly faster, and the biggest disappearance is the coming battle The Vulkan standard, Successor to OpenGL, which is similar DirectX 12 Windows should provide Linux (and other operating systems on the market) with a lean application programming interface, effective And smarter - that could spend much more than our hardware.
We already know that it will take quite a while before we see a proper number of supporting titles DirectX 12 and Vulkan - but when it finally happens, it can give SteamOS an opportunity to compare the battlefield against Microsoft Office. This assumes that SteamOS will still exist until then.
In the present, we feel once again that the Strimer-Steam Link is the best and smartest option to take your gaming to the big screen in the living room. All the rest should go back to another spin.