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 Because this venture has a lot of potential, which is feeling pretty good right now - even if it is not yet really ripe to compete with the well-established windows or home consoles.
However, now New examination The system capabilities performed on the arstechnica site cause us to reconsider our previous statements - and conclude quite the opposite, whereby 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 people took a reasonable and mediocre computer system consisting of a dual-core Pentium G3220 processor, a GeForce GTX 660 and 8GB RAM card - and installed the latest versions of 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 percentages in the most extreme case. These results are in stark contrast to the results of tests conducted by the phoronix site several 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 More comprehensive and significant, with testing for a large number of NVIDIA and AMD video card models together, testing a greater variety of games and applications, at a number of resolutions and especially a very powerful system that should ensure that no other component in the chain constitutes a bottleneck that distorts the results - But even so, it's hard to ignore 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.
Still, as we suggested in the previous article - definitely not worth eulogizing Wallab and her experience in the meantime. Software updates to the system, especially better drivers, can change the situation significantly, and the biggest disappearance is the coming of 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 can get much more out of 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 does, it can give SteamOS a chance to compare the battlefield with Microsoft Office. This assumes that SteamOS will still exist until then.
In the present - we feel once again that the StreamerSteam 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.